CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City provisional pole for Bruno

Mexico City (Mexico) Nov. 15 - At the last moment, Bruno Junqueira stole pole position, and the victim was Christian Fittipaldi who had held the position for a great part of the qualifying session. Fittipaldi is in his last race in this ...

Mexico City (Mexico) Nov. 15 - At the last moment, Bruno Junqueira stole pole position, and the victim was Christian Fittipaldi who had held the position for a great part of the qualifying session. Fittipaldi is in his last race in this category before he goes to NASCAR next year.

The Brazilian Target Chip Ganassi driver made good use of his Lola Toyota and stopped the clocks at 1:25.941 (116.703 mph) on the beautiful 4.480 kms Hermanos Rodriguez circuit, that now is one the favorite tracks for many CART drivers, rated just behind Road America.

"This couldn't be better, it's an excellent track. The esses are really fantastic, this is paradise for us", said Junqueira. "We didn't expect a track like this, but now we are here and we have to take advantage of it".

With 116 mph average speeds in the Champ Car, a great number of fans - estimated to be more than 100,000 people at the circuit - were delighted with the 19 car field.

Christian Fittipaldi and Dario Franchitti completed the top three, just 120 thousandths between them. "We're gonna work very hard to steal the pole from Bruno tomorrow," said Christian.

At the end of this session, the Mexican drivers were located in the mid-to-low end of the list, the best-placed Mexican being Herdez Competition driver Mario Dominguez in twelfth position, 1.403 seconds behind Bruno.

Michel Jourdain spun off during the session, causing a red flag. CART marshals punished the Mexican by eliminating his best time of the session. This caused Jourdain to fall down to sixteenth, just following Fernandez Racing's rookie driver Luis Diaz, who had a baptism by fire running before his home crowd, who supports him but waits for a good result on Sunday.

Tomorrow will see one free practice and final qualifying session at 2:15 CT. On Sunday, the Telmex Gigante Mexico Grand Prix will determine runner up of the FedEx Championship fight between Bruno Junqueira, Patrick Carpentier and Dario Franchitti.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Patrick Carpentier , Christian Fittipaldi , Dario Franchitti , Chip Ganassi , Michel Jourdain