CHAMPCAR/CART: San Jose: Friday practice report

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS LEADS FRIDAY PRACTICE AT TAYLOR WOODROW GRAND PRIX OF SAN JOSE, QUALIFYING TAKES PLACE ON SATURDAY SAN JOSE, California (July 29, 2005) -- Practice, qualifying or race day, Sebastien Bourdais ( ...

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS LEADS FRIDAY PRACTICE AT TAYLOR WOODROW GRAND PRIX OF SAN JOSE, QUALIFYING TAKES PLACE ON SATURDAY

SAN JOSE, California (July 29, 2005) -- Practice, qualifying or race day, Sebastien Bourdais (#1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) knows how to add a little drama to the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.

Bourdais used his penultimate lap of the day to vault to the top of the 18-car Champ Car field to lead the first day of practice for the inaugural Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose, coming from seventh on the speed sheets to claim the top position with a lap of 52.615 seconds (99.074 mph).

Safety concerns and unexpected delays in constructing the 1.448-mile street course in downtown San Jose resulted in the cancellation of the morning's action, but the Champ Cars were able to get in a pair of 45-minute practice sessions on a cloudless Bay Area day as 40,434 fans came out to witness the Champ Car's debut in the Silicon Valley.

Bourdais led a 1-2 Newman/Haas Racing sweep in today's final practice as Oriol Servia (#2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) snared the second spot with a time of 52.655 seconds (98.999 mph). Servia has scored four podium finishes in his last five starts, moving up to fourth in the series point standings as the Champ Cars start the second half of the 2005 campaign.

Roshfrans Rookie-of-the-Year points leader Timo Glock (#8 DHL Global Mail Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) ended his day in the third spot after carding a lap of 52.835 seconds (98.662 mph), putting him ahead of 19-year-old Nelson Philippe (#34 Wellbox Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone), who picked up the nuances of the tight street course quickly and scored the fourth-best time of the day with a lap of 52.868 seconds (98.600 mph).

The Champ Car schedule will revert back to its original order on Saturday with a one-hour practice to start at 10:30 a.m. The grid for Sunday's event will be set by Saturday's qualifying session, which will get underway at 2 p.m. local time. Today's circumstances have forced one change to tomorrow's qualifying format as the normal 15-lap restriction placed on the drivers for a session will be lifted, allowing the drivers to run as many laps as possible in their pursuit of the Bridgestone Pole Award.

QUOTES FROM TOP-THREE FINISHERS

Sebastien Bourdais: But I think the car is plenty fast. You know, we're looking very strong. I mean, Oriol and I are really doing pretty similar lap times. It looks like we have a small advantage over the opposition, so it's got to make you feel pretty good. Obviously, as everybody said, the crowd is good. People are excited about the race. That's what really matters. We're just going to try to put the best show on the site. Hopefully everybody's going to enjoy it and it's going to be one of the top venues for Champ Car."

Oriol Servia: "In the morning we could only do one run because we had a problem on the brakes. But I think we solve it pretty much. It's pretty nice to see the first 14 cars in one second. You know it's going to be very tight qualifying tomorrow. It's going to be just key because overtaking is going to be a little bit tough out there. It's just so close, everybody's going to be so close, that every little detail is going to be very important."

Timo Glock: "Yeah, I mean, I got used to it because I have to learn every track this year. So that's not a big difference for me. But definitely it's a little bit better for us because on all the other tracks, like Toronto, Long Beach, the top guys like Sebastien or Oriol wait a long time to go out, and I have to go out pretty early to learn the track. So I destroy normally my first set of tires with it and we have a struggle a little bit every time with the tires. But now it's for everybody the same and it looks a lot better now for us."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Oriol Servia , Sébastien Bourdais , Nelson Philippe , Timo Glock