Junqueira puts Toyota on pole at Motegi. - Bruno Junqueira won his second career pole position today with a lap of more than 215 mph in qualifying for tomorrow's Bridgestone Potenza 500 at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan. Junqueira's first pole ...
Junqueira puts Toyota on pole at Motegi.
- Bruno Junqueira won his second career pole position today with a lap of more than 215 mph in qualifying for tomorrow's Bridgestone Potenza 500 at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan. Junqueira's first pole position also came on an oval at Nazareth last season in just his third career Champ Car start.
- Today's pole position marks the second time in three years that a Toyota-powered Target Chip Ganassi Racing entry has won the pole at Motegi as Juan Montoya put his Target Toyota on the pole for the 2000 event. Overall, it's the third time that a Target Ganassi car has been on the pole at Motegi as Jimmy Vasser was the fastest qualifier for the inaugural race in 1998.
- Today's pole is the first of the season for Toyota and the manufacturer's 12th overall in CART competition. Target Chip Ganassi Racing has won nine of the 12 Toyota poles.
- With the pole today, Bruno Junqueira now has the best average starting position in CART this season with an average starting spot of 3.7. The second-year pilot has now qualified in the top three in each of his last two races after a third at Long Beach. He also qualified seventh at the season-opener at Monterrey, Mexico.
- Kenny Brack made it two Target Toyota's in the top four with a fourth today - marking the second consecutive race that Target Chip Ganassi Racing has had two cars qualify in the top four. Brack also qualified fourth at the last race in Long Beach. The one-four qualifying effort establishes a new season-best for two teammates.
- With an eighth-place starting position for tomorrow's race, Cristiano da Matta has now qualified eighth or better in each of this season's three races. Da Matta, the current CART points leader, also qualified fifth at Monterrey and second at Long Beach.
- Toyota-powered drivers Bruno Junqueira, Cristiano da Matta and Kenny Brack rank first, second and third in the FedEx Championship Series in average starting position.
- Rookie Townsend Bell qualified in the top-10 for the third consecutive race with a 10th today. Bell has now qualified fifth, ninth and 10th in his three races as a rookie this season.
- A minimum of four Toyota-powered cars have qualified in the top 10 at each of the season's first three races.
Toyota Drivers Bridgestone Potenza 500 Qualifying
1. Bruno Junqueira
4. Kenny Brack
8. Cristiano da Matta
10. Townsend Bell
11. Tora Takagi
15. Scott Dixon
16. Christian Fittipaldi
20. Oriol Servia