CHAMPCAR/CART: Junqueira keeps pole for Mexico GP

Bruno Junqueira got the pole position for the Telmex Gigante Mexico Grand that he had claimed on Friday, although he was not able to better his time in the face of deteriorating track conditions. "I think this track has a few passing spaces,...

Bruno Junqueira got the pole position for the Telmex Gigante Mexico Grand that he had claimed on Friday, although he was not able to better his time in the face of deteriorating track conditions.

"I think this track has a few passing spaces, that we haven't seen on permanent circuits this year. I think this is going to happen behind me because I feel so good and my car is fantastic," Junqueira said.

In the battle for second place in the championship,the Brazilian increased his lead over Patrick Carpentier, who will start in seventh position, to five points. Christian Fittipaldi and Dario Franchitti will start behind Junqueira.

The drivers' chances to improve their times were damaged by several red flags caused by spins and contacts, Tora Takagi, Paul Tracy and Franchitti being at fault for the red flags.

Takagi made light contact that did not allow him to continue, while racy blew up his Honda engine and his teammate Franchitti visited the wall in the esses -- on the oil spilled by Tracy in the same turn.

"I'm a lucky guy because it was a strong contact, although team can repair it and tomorrow we will be ready to go for the runner up position," Franchitti said.

Cristiano da Matta also caused a red flag with a spin and stall late in the session.

The Mexican drivers had a middling performance in front of their home crowd. Mario Dominguez was the best of the three, moving up two positions on the grid to start ninth. Michel Jourdain and Luis Diaz had troubles with their cars, Jourdain with the turbo and Diaz with a broken shifter at the middle of the session. They will start in 17th and 19th positions.

Again a great number of fans were here in Hermanos Rodriguez. Tomorrow they will dress in their best finery for the final race of the 2002 FedEx CART season.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Patrick Carpentier , Christian Fittipaldi , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Tora Takagi , Luis Diaz , Mario Dominguez , Cristiano da Matta , Michel Jourdain