CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Toyota Saturday qualifying report

Junqueira on pole, five Toyotas in top seven at Denver. - - Bruno Junqueira (TargetToyota) won his third pole of the season and Target teammate Scott Dixon was fourth with Christian Fittipaldi (Lilly Toyota) fifth, Kenny Brack sixth and...

Junqueira on pole, five Toyotas in top seven at Denver.

- - Bruno Junqueira (TargetToyota) won his third pole of the season and Target teammate Scott Dixon was fourth with Christian Fittipaldi (Lilly Toyota) fifth, Kenny Brack sixth and Cristiano da Matta seventh to give Toyota five in the first seven in qualifying for Sunday's Denver Grand Prix.

- Today's pole position is the ninth of the season for a Toyota-powered car and the 20th overall pole position for Toyota in Champ Car competition.

- Today's pole marks the 16th time this season that a Toyota-powered car has been on top in the 253 CART qualifying sessions more than double the amount of any other engine manufacturer. Honda is the closest to Toyota with six fast times, while Ford has had three. In addition, Toyota-powered cars have been the fastest in 15 of the last 20 road course qualifying sessions.

- With the pole today, Bruno Junqueira earned his 10th top-five start in 14 races this season. In addition, this marks his eighth top-three start of the season. He closes to within four points of second-place Dario Franchitti. He's 59 points behind series leader Cristiano da Matta.

- Scott Dixon matched his best starting position of the season with a fourth (also at Milwaukee and Vancouver) today. It also gave Target Chip Ganassi Racing two cars in the top five for the ninth time in 14 races this season. Kenny Brack made it three Target Chip Ganassi Racing Toyotas in the top-six.

- With Bruno Junqueira winning the pole today, it marks the ninth time in 14 CART races that a native of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, has won the pole as both Junqueira and Cristiano da Matta are natives of the Brazilian city.

- Cristiano da Matta made it five Toyotas in the top seven with a seventh-place effort in qualifying today. It's the lowest he's qualified on a road course this season and snaps a string of nine consecutive top-three qualifying performances.

- After being fastest in two of four of this weekend's practice and qualifying sessions,Toyota-powered cars have now turned the fastest lap in 31 of the last 40 road course practice and qualifying sessions this season.

- With the bonus point for winning today's pole position, Toyota extends its Manufacturer's Championship lead to 25 points over second-place Honda, 227-202. Ford is third 53 points behind with 174.

Toyota Denver Final Qualifying:
1. Bruno Junqueira
4. Scott Dixon
5. ChristianFittipaldi
6. Kenny Brack
7. Cristiano da Matta
13.Oriol Servia
18. Tora Takagi

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Christian Fittipaldi , Scott Dixon , Oriol Servia , Tora Takagi , Kenny Brack , Chip Ganassi , Cristiano da Matta
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing