CHAMPCAR/CART: Gold Coast Toyota Racing qualifying notes

Juan Montoya won his series-high seventh pole position of the season in today's Indy 300 qualifying at Surfers Paradise. The pole is the 14th of his Champ Car career in 39 career starts. Today's performance gives Juan Montoya his second...

Juan Montoya won his series-high seventh pole position of the season in today's Indy 300 qualifying at Surfers Paradise. The pole is the 14th of his Champ Car career in 39 career starts.

Today's performance gives Juan Montoya his second street course pole of the season - matching his effort in Detroit in June.

With his pole position today, Juan Montoya now has nine front-row starting positions in 19 races this season. Montoya has qualified in the top-five 13 times this year and in the top-10 in 18 of 19 events - the highest total in the series this season.

Juan Montoya has won from the pole twice already this season (Milwaukee and St. Louis). Montoya also has gone on to lead the most laps at five of the six previous races he's started from the pole (Motegi, Nazareth, Milwaukee, Detroit and Chicago).

A Toyota-powered car now has qualified on the front row four times in six temporary street circuit races this season. The feat has been accomplished by three different drivers - Montoya (Detroit and Australia), Jimmy Vasser (Long Beach) and Cristiano da Matta (Toronto).

Jimmy Vasser 's fifth in qualifying today marks his third consecutive top-five start after placing third at Houston and second at St. Louis. It's his third top-five qualifying in six downtown street circuit races this season. He also qualified second at Long Beach and third in Houston.

Cristiano da Matta 's 10th in qualifying gives him nine top-10 starts in his last 13 races.

- Jason Bright qualified 24th in his Champ Car debut.

Jim Aust , Toyota vice-president of motorsports: "It was another typical Juan Montoya performance. He's still 30 points behind in the championship with two races remaining, but I wouldn't count him out just yet. Winning the pole position is always important, but on street circuits it's magnified because of fewer overtaking opportunities. We're looking forward to a great race tomorrow."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Jason Bright , Cristiano da Matta
Teams Toyota Racing