CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach: Toyota Friday qualifying notes

Da Matta, Fittipaldi, Toyota 1-2 in Long Beach provisional qualifying. Newman/Haas teammates Cristiano da Matta and Christian Fittipaldi ran one-two in today's provisional qualifying for Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. With the ...

Da Matta, Fittipaldi, Toyota 1-2 in Long Beach provisional qualifying.

Newman/Haas teammates Cristiano da Matta and Christian Fittipaldi ran one-two in today's provisional qualifying for Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

With the provisional pole, da Matta earns one point and is guaranteed to start no worse than on the outside of the front row for Sunday's main event. With the point, da Matta stretches his points lead to six, 22-16, over second-place Dario Franchitti. Da Matta will be shooting for his first-ever CART pole position tomorrow.

With the Newman/Haas one-two today, the Toyota-powered team has now been the fastest in each of the seven dry sessions run in the first two CART events this season. Da Matta has had number one honors five times, while Fittipaldi has registered the fastest time on the other two occasions.

Target Chip Ganassi Racing also placed both of its cars in the top 10 today. Bruno Junqueira placed fifth, while teammate Kenny Brack was eighth. The Target Ganassi team has won four of the last six Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach events.

Tora Takagi made it five Toyotas in the top-10 today with a 10th.

The pole position for Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be decided in final CART qualifying, Saturday from 1:45-2:45 p.m.

Toyota Drivers Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Friday Provisional Qualifying

1.  Cristiano da Matta

2. Christian Fittipaldi
5. Bruno Junqueira
8. Kenny Brack
10. Tora Takagi
12. Townsend Bell
13. Oriol Servia
20. Scott Dixon

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 14, FOX, 3:30 p.m. EDT

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