CHAMPCAR/CART: Bourdais top of the class at Monterrey

CHAMPCAR/CART: Bourdais top of the class at Monterrey

Sebastien Bourdais has been the cream of the crop since the moment the Champ Car World Series teams took to the Fundidora Park circuit this weekend. The Frenchman sailed yesterday to the fast time in the final 15-minute segment in Friday's...

Sebastien Bourdais has been the cream of the crop since the moment the Champ Car World Series teams took to the Fundidora Park circuit this weekend. The Frenchman sailed yesterday to the fast time in the final 15-minute segment in Friday's initial qualifying, earning one bonus point.

S?bastien Bourdais.
Photo by Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC.
Today he sped around the 2.104-mile road course in Monterrey, Mexico to take the pole position for Sunday's Tecate/Telmex Grand Prix. The Newman/Haas racer was clocked at 1:13.915 for a speed of 102.474 miles per hour, 0.428 seconds ahead of his nearest challenger.

"This track is suiting me very well, said Bourdais. "We started very fast and remained consistent. We have a great race car for tomorrow; we just need a trouble-free race and a clean start tomorrow."

The No. 2 McDonald's Lola was perfect as Bourdais bettered the track record of 1:14.938, which he sat last year. "This McDonald's car has been just awesome all weekend long."

Second in today's qualifying was a crowd favorite: Mario Dominguez. The local hero secured the spot next to Bourdais on the front row with an excellent qualifying run today. His time of 1:14.343 in the Herdez Competition Lola was nearly 2.5-seconds faster than yesterday.

Mario Dominguez.
Photo by Dan Streck.
"The Herdez car was very good today," commented a very pleased Dominguez. "We keep improving as a team, we've grown together, we are at the best level. I am very proud to represent my country and my sponsors on the front row of the starting grid tomorrow. I hope to give my countrymen and Herdez a win tomorrow."

Another hot driver this weekend has been rookie Justin Wilson. Under yesterday's qualifying format, the Conquest Driver made it into the top ten final segment, only to be bested by the two Newman/Haas Racing drivers. Today, he qualified third for his best career start in the CCWS with a time of 1:14.354, just missing the front row.

"I'm pretty happy. Pretty confident, the car was very good," said Wilson of his Mi-Jack Lola. "The guys did a great job, so we knew that we were in with a chance. I made a few mistakes on the last lap, but there's no time for excuses. You've got to do it and we're quite happy with our performance still. We have a good race car for tomorrow."

Bruno Junqueira will take the green flag from fourth on the grid in his NHR PacifiCare Lola. "The PacifiCare car was good, I just didn't put a lap together. It is possible to win from fourth, but it is obviously not where we wanted to start."

Forsythe Racing's Patrick Carpentier and Paul Tracy will start fifth and sixth, respectively. Jimmy Vasser (PKV Racing), Ryan Hunter-Reay (Herdez Competition) and Oriol Servia along with Dale Coyne Racing teammate Tarso Marques round out the top ten.

More on today's qualifying: Bourdais earns the pole in Monterrey

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Jimmy Vasser , Bruno Junqueira , Patrick Carpentier , Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Mario Dominguez , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Sébastien Bourdais , Dale Coyne
Teams Dale Coyne Racing