McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS LOST PROVISIONAL POLE BY .006-SECONDS FOR THE CHAMP CAR MONT-TREMBLANT; MEDI | ZONE DRIVER RAHAL NINTH Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone: "On my part, I made a small mistake on the last...
McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS LOST PROVISIONAL POLE BY .006-SECONDS FOR THE CHAMP CAR MONT-TREMBLANT; MEDI | ZONE DRIVER RAHAL NINTH
Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone:
"On my part, I made a small mistake on the last lap when I felt like I really -- I really thought people were improving. I had to push a little extra and go for a bigger chunk of lap time and just ran wide in turn eight. That did it. As close as it was today, any mistake just cost you the pole. It was a good fight. I wasn't expecting so many guys to be that close. I guess that's how competitive the series is right now. People keep on telling us it's too easy. Well, you have your answer."
* FAST FACTS: Will be his first race here but competed at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal from 2003-2006. Started from pole on Sunday in 2006 and led a total of 38 laps to win the event that was postponed to Monday due to standing water on the track. Started from pole in 2005 and led the first 59/79 laps but failed to match a series record fourth consecutive victory due to a problem on his final pit stop which led to a fourth place finish. Started from pole in 2004 and led 26 laps before contact with A.J. Allmendinger caused him to retire from the race in 15th place. Started sixth and finished 19th in 2003 due to differential failure. Became the first open wheel driver to win three consecutive championships since Ted Horn accomplished the feat from 1946-1948 and only the second in the 98 year history of the sport. He has the rare opportunity to win four consecutive championships this year if he can again capture the Vanderbilt Cup, which would extend his run that began in 2004. Bourdais would be making history as no Champ Car driver has ever won four straight championships. Four in a row is very rare in professional sports in fact it has never been done in either NASCAR or NFL and it hasn't been accomplished in the last twenty years in the NBA, NHL or MLB.
Graham Rahal, No. 2 Medi | Zone Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone:
"Qualifying was disappointing for the Medi | Zone team because we really can't get a grip on the setup. I guess all the guys that were quicker than us at the test are still quicker but certainly I thought we would make up ground. It's tough because everyone's really close right now so if you're six or seven-tenths off you're ninth which is not normally the case. We definitely need to make up some ground. It's not going to be easy because we're struggling right now and I'll be the first to say it. We've got a ways to go before we can be running up front."
* FAST FACTS: Will be his first race here and sixth in a Champ Car. Rahal finished second in the 2006 Champ Car Atlantic championship after a title hunt that concluded in the season finale. Led 129 laps to champion Pagenaud's 31. He earned a series-high five wins (42 percent), four poles (33 percent) and six podium finishes (50 percent) in the 12 events and at 17 years old was the youngest race winner in series history (Monterrey, Mexico on 5-21-06).
* NHR /NHLR FAST FACTS: NHR won THREE races (Bourdais 2006, Servia 2005, Junqueira 2004), FOUR poles (Bourdais 2004, 2005 & 2006, da Matta 2002) and a total of FOUR podium finishes at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal (2nd da Matta 2002). NHLR is hoping to add to these numbers at Mont Tremblant.
ON THE SCHEDULE TOMORROW: The morning warm-up will take place from 10:15-11:30 AM ET while final qualifying will begin at 2:00 PM ET.