Servia a Close Second in Provisional Qualifying, Tracy Seventh at Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- Forsythe driver Oriol Servia came very close to securing a front row start for the Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto today as the Spaniard was quickest until the last few seconds of the session when Sebastien Bourdais turned a lap only .018s faster and took away the provisional pole. Servia's lap of 58.801s was still quick enough to hold on to the second position provisionally.
For hometown hero Paul Tracy things didn't fare quite as well as the Toronto native struggled with traffic on the racetrack preventing him from squeezing the maximum amount of speed from his #3 INDECK DP01. The 2003 Champion turned a lap of 59.368s which places him seventh on the provisional grid for Sunday's race. Forsythe Championship Racing will be looking to repeat their 1-2 finish from last year in Toronto in order to pick up some points for the Champ Car Canadian Triple Crown.
"First of all, it's always frustrating to end up two-hundredths behind Sebastien. But, to be honest, I'm very happy to be up here. It's been a while. During the last few races we really didn't have the pace. It's very frustrating being in a team like Forsythe and just not being quick. Friday to Saturday in Mont-Tremblant, we did a big change in the setup and the car got a lot better. We couldn't show it because it was raining Saturday but now the car is very good. The basic issue we have is on the brakes, we are really struggling with braking right now but we are working on it.. But balance-wise, we're very happy with the car. We were very close today, but we still have tomorrow to get those last few hundredths."
"I was really struggling with the brakes locking up on the hard braking zones. I got blocked a couple of times by Will Power and then again by Graham Rahal so we still had some time in the car but just weren't able to show it, and then the last lap which was my quickest the tires were starting to go off so we never got the maximum speed out of the car. But I think we are not bad, obviously Oriol has come across something where he feels the car is pretty good so we'll take a look at his setup and go from there. We need to get a good result in qualifying tomorrow and in the race, even though the Championship is out of our hands now we are still fighting for the Canadian Triple Crown."
Final qualifying for the Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto takes place Saturday at 1:15 PM Eastern Time. The race will be broadcast LIVE July 8 at 1:00pm Eastern Time on ESPN and XM Satellite Radio 205, and in Canada through Global and RDS.