CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Bridgestone Saturday report

Servia Races to 1st Pole Position of Champ Car Career Oriol Servia has made it a year of firsts. Today, eight weeks after collecting the first race win in his Champ Car career, the Spaniard set the fastest time in qualifying to earn the ...

Servia Races to 1st Pole Position of Champ Car Career

Oriol Servia has made it a year of firsts. Today, eight weeks after collecting the first race win in his Champ Car career, the Spaniard set the fastest time in qualifying to earn the Bridgestone Pole Award. It marks the first pole position for Servia in his 97th series start.

Bridgestone offers a $10,000 U.S. prize for the Pole Award at every event this season. Half of the money goes to the driver with the remaining half split among two charities -- the Hole in the Wall Camps and a local charity (the Surf Life Saving Foundation of Queensland for this race).

Servia was one of seven drivers today to set qualifying times faster than last year's pole speed. He said he couldn't have done it without his Bridgestone Potenza tires.

"I'm so happy, said Servia, who drives the PacifiCare Ford/Lola on Bridgestone tires for Newman/Haas Racing. "It couldn't happen at a better place then Surfers Paradise. Things were working so smooth -- the car, the tires, everything was great today. The Bridgestone tires were very good; they definitely made it happen for me today."

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "It's great to see someone we consider a member of the Bridgestone Firestone family succeed like Oriol has. His association with us dates to when he won the Indy Lights championship in 1999 on our Dayton brand, and he's been with us ever since. Overall we're quite pleased with the performance of the Bridgestone tires this weekend. The rain tires saw extensive use Friday and feedback from the drivers was excellent. The dry-tire specification is new this year and was put through the paces in hot weather today. Considering so many drivers went faster than last year's pole speed with what otherwise is the same equipment package, we believe the Potenzas deserve some credit for the increased pace. We also think it bodes well for another exciting and unpredictable race tomorrow."

Qualifying temperatures ranged from 118 to 121 degrees track and were a constant 93 degrees ambient (F).

Qualifying temperatures ranged from 48 to 49 degrees track and were a constant 34 degrees ambient (C).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Oriol Servia