CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee: Bridgestone qualifying report

Vasser Celebrates Milestone Start with Bridgestone Pole Award Jimmy Vasser will start his 200th consecutive race in Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford this weekend, and the series veteran kicked off the occasion...

Vasser Celebrates Milestone Start with Bridgestone Pole Award

Jimmy Vasser will start his 200th consecutive race in Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford this weekend, and the series veteran kicked off the occasion today by capturing the Bridgestone Pole Award for Saturday's race.

After clocking the fastest lap in morning practice, Vasser earned the final spot in the qualifying order. He then coolly logged a qualifying lap of 21.081 seconds (176.235 mph) around The Milwaukee Mile. It is Vasser's ninth career pole position and first with the PKV Racing team that he co-owns.

"The Bridgestone tires were great today, as usual," Vasser said after collecting his first Champ Car pole position since Long Beach in 2002. "They're especially good for single-car qualifying like today because you can get the most out of them when they're brand new and push a little bit harder."

A total of $10,000 in monetary awards go with the Bridgestone Pole Award honor. Vasser earned a $5,000 check from Bridgestone Motorsport that will be presented in pre-race ceremonies Saturday. Bridgestone also donates $2,500 to the Hole in the Wall Camps for each pole winner and gives an additional $2,500 to a local charity -- in this weekend's case to Variety, the Children's Charity of Wisconsin. Vasser also was presented the Bridgestone Pole Award trophy that includes a model car hand-designed by a camper at Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis, Fla., one of the Hole in the Wall Camps.

Quote from Joe Barbieri, Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport: "On this landmark race weekend for him, we are exceptionally pleased to see Jimmy Vasser take home the Bridgestone Pole Award. Jimmy is a longtime loyal friend and, as he is quick to point out, all nine of his Champ Car poles and all 10 of his career race wins have come on the Bridgestone Firestone family of race tires. He's well respected throughout racing and proved today he's still got the fire inside to run up front."

Qualifying temperatures ranged from 76 to 79 degrees track and from 71 to 74 degrees ambient (F).

Qualifying temperatures ranged from 25 to 26 degrees track and from 22 to 23 degrees ambient (C).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser