CHAMPCAR/CART: Bourdais quickest on Saturday morning in Toronto

CHAMPCAR/CART: Bourdais quickest on Saturday morning in Toronto

Toronto, Ont. (July 12, 2003) - It took until the last seconds for the one minute barrier to be broken in the Saturday morning Champ Car practice at the Molson Indy Toronto. Sébastien Bourdais. Photo by Eric Gilbert. Rookie Sebastien...

Toronto, Ont. (July 12, 2003) - It took until the last seconds for the one minute barrier to be broken in the Saturday morning Champ Car practice at the Molson Indy Toronto.

S?bastien Bourdais.
Photo by Eric Gilbert.
Rookie Sebastien Bourdais set the fastest lap just as the session ended, posting a lap of 59.593 seconds. Bourdais was also the busiest driver, completing 43 laps in total throughout the one hour and fifteen minute session. His best lap was done at an average speed of 106.019 miles per hour, slightly slower than the fastest time set in yesterday's qualifying session.

The drivers had struggled to get under the one minute mark, with a number of drivers trading times at the top near the 1:00.500 mark. A majority of the competitive field sat within a second of the quickest time for much of the session.

Bruno Junqueira, fastest in Friday's first qualifying session when he posted a lap of 59.486, had completed only 4 laps about half way through the practice session when he came out again and immediately set the fastest mark up to that point with a 1:00.436 lap.

Bourdais then beat his team-mate's time with a lap of 1:00.223, as drivers began to get quicker towards the end of the session when the track was at its fastest.

Patrick Carpentier then took his turn at the top, posting times of 1:00.167 and then 1:00.002, until Bourdais set his best mark as the session ended.

The competitiveness of the field remained through the close of the session with fourteen drivers sitting within 1.1 seconds of Carpentier's 1:00.002 mark in second position.

Third was Alex Tagliani at 1:00.073, fourth was Jimmy Vasser at 1:00.352 and Junqueira's 1:00.436 held up for 5th.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Bruno Junqueira , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Sébastien Bourdais , Eric Gilbert