CHAMPCAR/CART: San Jose: Bridgestone qualifying report

Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford Taylor Woodward Grand Prix of San Jose Saturday, July 30, 2005 -- Qualifying Report Bourdais Wins Bridgestone Pole Award in San Jose Sebastien Bourdais of Newman/Haas Racing...

Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford Taylor Woodward Grand Prix of San Jose
Saturday, July 30, 2005 -- Qualifying Report

Bourdais Wins Bridgestone Pole Award in San Jose

Sebastien Bourdais of Newman/Haas Racing earned his third Bridgestone Pole Award of the 2005 season during qualifying today for Sunday's Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose.

Although track conditions have not been ideal, it was a successful session for both Bridgestone and Bourdais. The Bridgestone Motorsport team brought a brand new specification to San Jose for this weekend's event and it has been solid throughout practice and qualifying, despite rough track conditions continuing to play a role.

"The tires are consistent, but just very difficult to use in these conditions," said Bourdais. "You'd just like to go out there and put a string of laps together. All in all they're holding up very well. It has nothing to do with the tire, but it's just hard to get the best out of it in these conditions."

Bourdais earns $5,000 from Bridgestone for today's pole win. Each week, also as part of the Bridgestone Pole Award, Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Camp receives $2,500 and $2,500 goes to a local charity in the race market. This week's local recipient is The Canary Fund.

Bourdais was presented with the polesitter's flag by Susan Robertson, the land speed record holder for a woman on an open-wheel motorcycle. Robertson set the record (205.345 mph) two weekends ago at El Mirage, Calif., on a motorcycle equipped with Bridgestone Battlax motorcycle tires.

Quote from Joe Barbieri, Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport: "I'm sure the track is not exactly where everyone would like for it to be, but these are just the normal growing pains of an inaugural event. Conditions being what they are, the tires are holding up extremely well. We really didn't expect to have any problems with the new spec, but we're especially pleased with its performance considering the amount of abuse they're taking. Overall, we're happy to see that the track and series officials are working with the drivers to make the track the best it can be for tomorrow's race, and we're confident it will be an exciting race for the great fans who have turned out all weekend."

Qualifying session temperatures ranged from 132 to 140 degrees track and from 87 to 89 degrees ambient (F).

Qualifying session temperatures ranged from 56 to 60 degrees track and from 31 to 32 degrees ambient (C).

-bridgestone-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Newman , Sébastien Bourdais