Sebastian Bourdais #1 McDonalds bids Adios to his reign over Champ Car with a front row position in Mexico City today. The Frenchman posted a time of 1:24.698 (117.906 mph), (189.710 kph) shattering the record set by Justin Wilson last year. Bourdais, shining in his commemorative "Au Revoir Sebastian" racing colors, highlights his four Vanderbilt Cup wins with decals gracing his car in the order they were earned.
Wilson #9 CDW slid his way into second position today. The track record was set last year by this talented driver who praised his team for giving him a "great car". Wilson fully aware of the battles facing him this weekend acknowledged his desire to win the race on Sunday but was rational in his thoughts stating... "I am still fighting for second place in the championship with Robert Doorbos #14, so it's important for me to focus on my job and secure second place." Commenting on his nomination for the Greg Moore Legacy Award, "I'm very honored to be nominated...I won it last year, and it means a lot to me."
Qualifying with two hairline fractures in his left wrist, Will Power #5 Aussie Vineyards powered his way to third place today. The Aussie sustained the injury after an incident on the Gold Coast of Australia. Will removed the restrictive carbon fibre brace supporting his hand for qualifying after finding the support to be very restrictive to his driving style after practice this morning. "You're getting a lot out of the race car here. I believe you can gain anywhere between a half a second and a second...we're looking pretty good for tomorrow." Teammate Simon Pagenaud #15 was the fastest rookie in today's qualifying session which gave Team Australia the only two cars in the top five of qualifying today.
Surprising, after today's qualifying, the top three occupying the provisional grid completed the race last year in the same order.
PKV Racing's Oriol Servia #22 has placed fourth on the grid after starting second in Australia with his '07 debut with the team. The Spaniard is well aware that there hopes were dashed with the fourth grid position but was optimistic for a better outcome in tomorrow's qualifying. "We need to work hard, so today was good considering it is a track I don't usually do well on and hopefully it will be even better tomorrow."
Graham Rahal #2 Medi/Zone rounded out the top five in qualifying today after experiencing the dirty and slick track that the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez has been known for... " A little bit of time makes a lot of difference here...every one single corner adds up to quite a bit since there are five or six turns in a row..."
The remainder of the field is hoping for a better day tomorrow, more "working really hard....pushing every single lap."
Check back with us tomorrow to see how the drivers plot their course around the challenging slick circuit in Mexico City.