CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Newman/Haas Racing Friday report

Bourdais 2nd & Junqueira 3rd in Provisional Qualifying for Molson Indy Toronto Sebastien Bourdais, No. 2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I'm just a bit disappointed that the McDonald's team was only 3/1000ths of a second behind at...

Bourdais 2nd & Junqueira 3rd in Provisional Qualifying for Molson Indy Toronto

Sebastien Bourdais, No. 2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I'm just a bit disappointed that the McDonald's team was only 3/1000ths of a second behind at the end of the day from having a guaranteed front row start. For sure last year this was one of the toughest races for me. We didn't get much track time due to the off and on rain and I wasn't able to get into a rhythm. This year we are starting off much better but we need to improve tonight so we can give Paul a run tomorrow. We changed the (Toronto) set up dramatically from last year because we learned something at Long Beach and we used that knowledge here. We are going to try harder tomorrow."

* FAST FACTS: Will be his second race. Started sixth and finished fourth after struggling to find a good race setup due to limited track time (rain and etc.)...Is second in the point standings with 130.

Bruno Junqueira, No. 6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The PacifiCare car was good today. My first (qualifying) run was okay but on my second one, I got a little traffic on the last two turns. That lap was better but that's the way it goes. Last year I was pretty close to Tracy in qualifying but not in the race. For sure Sebastien and Tracy are our strongest competition for the win and I don't count Patrick (Carpentier) out either. We are going to try to improve the PacifiCare car and got for it tomorrow. The championship is open. There are a lot of races to go and a lot of points left to earn."

* FAST FACTS: Will be his fourth race here... Was the provisional polesitter on Friday in 2003 but started second. Dropped to third after his final pit stop. Started third in 2002 but finished 14th after contact with rookie Townsend Bell. Started 20th and finished 13th after contact with then-NHR driver Christian Fittipaldi in 2001...Leads the standings with 133 points while Sebastien Bourdais has 130.

* NEWMAN/HAAS RACING FACTS: NHR has won SIX races at this track (Da Matta - 2002; Michael Andretti - 2000, 1995, 1992, 1991, 1989) and TWO poles (Da Matta - 2002; Mi. Andretti - 1991). They have earned a total of 13 podium finishes (2nd - Mi. Andretti 1998 & 1990, Ma. Andretti - 1991; 3rd - Junqueira - 2003, Fittipaldi - 2002 & 1999, Ma. Andretti - 1986).

* ATTENDANCE: The Molson Indy Toronto announced Friday attendance was 41,704.

ON THE SCHEDULE TOMORROW: The morning practice will begin at 10:00 tomorrow with final qualifying set to begin at 1:45 p.m. ET. ET. The 95-lap Molson Indy Toronto will be televised live on HdNet at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday and Spike TV will televise the race on a tape-delayed basis at 4 p.m. ET / 3 PM CT.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Bruno Junqueira , Christian Fittipaldi , Townsend Bell , Sébastien Bourdais