CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterrey: Bridgestone Saturday report

Bourdais Wins Bridgestone Pole Award Sebastien Bourdais of Newman/Haas Racing earned the Bridgestone Pole Award in today's final qualifying session at the Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix presented by Roshfrans, setting a new track record of...

Bourdais Wins Bridgestone Pole Award

Sebastien Bourdais of Newman/Haas Racing earned the Bridgestone Pole Award in today's final qualifying session at the Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix presented by Roshfrans, setting a new track record of 1:13.627 (102.875 mph). In doing so, Bourdais bested his own record by more than one-quarter of a second.

The Bridgestone Potenzas which equip the cars of every Champ Car competitor held up extremely well throughout the qualifying session, despite scorching temperatures which reached 97 degrees (F) ambient and 140 degrees (F) on the track surface.

"Obviously my Bridgestone tires responded very well for me," said Bourdais. "It was very hot and I was really surprised to see that we were able to do three laps in a row within one-tenths of a second -- good enough for pole."

As this weekend's pole award winner, Bourdais will receive a $5,000 check during tomorrow's pre-race ceremony. Also in conjunction with the Bridgestone Pole Award, $2,500 will go to Hole in the Wall Camps and $2,500 will go to a local charity.

Quote from Joe Barbieri, Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport: "Congratulations to Sebastien for overcoming some challenging conditions and finding a way get around this slippery track quicker than anyone else. The Bridgestone Potenzas held up well today in really extreme heat. The consistency was also there -- in conditions like this it's really important to the drivers that they get the same performance from set to set, and we certainly saw that today." Note: In addition to the Bridgestone Pole Award monetary prizes handed out at each event, Bridgestone will also present $30,000 to the driver who finishes the season with the most pole wins in 2005, as well as $10,000 to that driver's crew chief.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sébastien Bourdais