CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Bridgestone Saturday report

Bourdais Claims 7th Pole of 2006 in Montreal Sebastien Bourdais made history today in Montreal, as his 25th career Champ Car World Series pole marked number 100 for Newman/Haas Racing. It was his seventh pole this season and his fourth in a row.

Bourdais Claims 7th Pole of 2006 in Montreal

Sebastien Bourdais made history today in Montreal, as his 25th career Champ Car World Series pole marked number 100 for Newman/Haas Racing. It was his seventh pole this season and his fourth in a row. However, it did not come easily this time - a crash in morning practice kept his McDonald's crew busy fixing his car right up to the start of qualifying.

The top three in championship points will line up in order, as Bourdais, A.J. Allmendinger and Justin Wilson will start first, second and third respectively. Things could change quickly tomorrow though. Every practice and qualifying session this weekend has taken place under mild, sunny conditions, but cool temperatures and an 80 percent chance of rain could turn everything upside down for tomorrow's race.

From Sebastien Bourdais, #1 McDonald's Ford/Lola/Bridgestone: "I went out the first time and set a quick time. When I went back out, I was expecting a little more grip from the reds, but the Bridgestone tires seem to be really consistent between the reds and the blacks. It will definitely help to be starting up front if it rains tomorrow. If we start the race in rain conditions, I have absolutely no problem with that - the McDonald's car was very good last year in the warm up under wet conditions. I just hope it is a steady rain and not on-and-off."

Bridgestone Tire Performance Summary: The primary slick that Bridgestone brought to Montreal was previously used in 2006 as the alternate tire at the Cleveland Grand Prix, and the Montreal alternate Potenza saw action as the alternate at Portland earlier this season. Bourdais set his fast lap on the red alternates. As mentioned above, tomorrow's race could see the Bridgestone rain tires employed.

From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport: "We are happy so far with the tires. The reds are showing a little bit of improvement in speed over the blacks, but this may all go out the window tomorrow since we may be trying out the rain tires! It is great to see so many enthusiastic fans here this weekend, and it should be a very exciting race - but maybe in a different way than in Denver..."

Qualifying temperatures ranged from 110 to 105 degrees track and from 77 to 72 degrees ambient (F).
Qualifying temperatures ranged from 43 to 41 degrees track and from 25 to 22 degrees ambient (C).

-credit: bridgestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Sébastien Bourdais , A.J. Allmendinger