CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Bridgestone Saturday report

Bourdais Takes Bridgestone Pole Award Lead with 4th of '05 Sebastien Bourdais re-established himself as sole possessor for the most Bridgestone Pole Awards by earning his fourth of the season today. Bourdais sped around Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve...

Bourdais Takes Bridgestone Pole Award Lead with 4th of '05

Sebastien Bourdais re-established himself as sole possessor for the most Bridgestone Pole Awards by earning his fourth of the season today. Bourdais sped around Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve at 121.305 mph, his time margin a comfortable three-tenths of a second better than runner-up and Newman/Haas Racing teammate Oriol Servia.

Winning today's Bridgestone Pole Award earns Bourdais $5,000 from Bridgestone Motorsport and a unique trophy that includes a model Champ Car hand-painted by a camper at Camp Boggy Creek, one of the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps, Champ Car's official charity. Bridgestone also donates $2,500 for each Pole Award to the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps and another $2,500 a local charity -- this weekend the Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation of Montreal. The driver with the most Pole Awards at season's end wins an additional $30,000 and his chief mechanic takes home $10,000.

Money aside, Bourdais was happy to add another championship point to his season lead -- now at 55 points. He credited the Bridgestone Potenza tires on his McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola with helping him negotiate the difficult Montreal track that features several slick concrete patches in corners and higher curbing in the chicanes.

"The car's balance is really good and I just tried to get the best out of it," Bourdais said. "The Bridgestone tires were very consistent for me and had very good grip in the turns. The grip is extremely good, especially in these warm conditions. It's pretty important to try and at least score big points tomorrow. I think we have a good chance with the Bridgestone tires. We have quite a few new sets (saved) and we should be all right."

Quote from Joe Barbieri, Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport: "Sebastien continues to amaze us all with his skill in a Champ Car, and he was on top of his game again today. The fact that he completed four qualifying laps that would have been good enough to take the pole says something for his ability and for the Bridgestone tires. Drivers are wringing every ounce of energy and speed out of their cars and tires in qualifying. For the Potenzas to deliver four laps worthy of the pole tells us a lot about their consistency and durability, which will be important in tomorrow's race."

Qualifying session temperatures ranged from 116 to 120 degrees track and a constant 86 degrees ambient (F).
Qualifying session temperatures ranged from 47 to 49 degrees track and a constant 30 degrees ambient (C).

-bridgestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Oriol Servia , Sébastien Bourdais