McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS EARNED 15TH POLE AT THE MOLSON INDY TORONTO; PACIFICARE DRIVER SERVIA EARNED BEST START OF 4TH SINCE HE JOINED THE TEAM OVERALL: Bourdais brushed the Turn 6 wall during the 15-minute practice during final qualifying...
McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS EARNED 15TH POLE AT THE MOLSON INDY TORONTO; PACIFICARE DRIVER SERVIA EARNED BEST START OF 4TH SINCE HE JOINED THE TEAM
OVERALL: Bourdais brushed the Turn 6 wall during the 15-minute practice during final qualifying and broke his left rear wheel as well as broke the brake duct. The McDonald's crew quickly returned the car to the paddock to replace the brake duct and realigned the car and were able to return to pit lane in time to win their second pole of the season.
Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:
"It feels good to be back up front. We have had some ups and downs this year but obviously today everything went well. It has been frustrating this year after such a dominating season last year. It's really good to duplicate what we did last year so far and I hope we can continue to do it tomorrow. I made a mistake in the 15-minute practice.
I wasn't expecting the car to push like that. I got out of the pits and one the second lap, in turn six, and the front washed out. I really got surprised. By the time you realize what is happening, you're already brushing the wall pretty heavily. The McDonald's crew did an awesome job to put the thing together, to bring it back on time so I could have the chance to challenge for the pole position. We pulled it off. The first stint was pretty short, but the third lap is usually not the fastest one. I saw traffic in front of me and said, 'You know it's going to be a good set to start the race on.' I was expecting to improve on the second set but it really never happened. The guys were starting to pit in front of me and it was looking pretty good. Then the red came out and we never really got a chance to see what the car was able to do. I think we have a strong package. It's no real surprise; we had the strong package last year. As you can see, the opposition is getting pretty tough. Both PT and Justin could have probably ended up on pole also.
It's just a matter of not really luck, but just a bit of success. It was like that for us today and we will have to work hard tomorrow to keep it."
FAST FACTS: Will be his third race here...Won from pole here last year after leading 75 laps and setting the fastest race lap.
Started sixth and finished fourth in rookie season...Ranked second in the point standings with 128 to Paul Tracy's 129.
Oriol Servia, No. 2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "This was the best qualifying we have had so far for the PacifiCare team so I am very, very happy. We're only two-tenths (of a second) off of the time set by the fastest man on the planet and that is pretty good.
I'm especially happy because I think we have a good race car.
Nobody's car feels good here on old tires but I think we have the best of those. We're getting closer to the front in every session so we are going to keep the faith."
FAST FACTS: Will be his fifth race here. His highest finish here of fifth place and his highest start of eighth place both came in 2003. Started 10th and finished 9th in 2004; started eighth and finished fifth in 2003; did not compete here in 2002;started 11th and finished 23rd in 2001; started 11th and finished 11th in 2000.in 2000...Is ranked seventh in the standings with 79 points to leader Tracy's 129.
NEWMAN/HAAS RACING FACTS: NHR has won SEVEN races at this track (Bourdais 2004; da Matta 2002; Michael Andretti 2000, 1995, 1992, 1991, 1989) and FOUR poles (Bourdais 2004 & 2005, da Matta 2002, Mi. Andretti 1991). They have earned a total of 14 podium finishes (2nd -- Mi. Andretti 1998, Ma. Andretti 1991, Mi. Andretti 1990; 3rd -- Junqueira 2003, Fittipaldi 2002 & 1999, Ma. Andretti 1986). 2004
IN TORONTO: Bourdais won from pole and set the fastest race lap and Junqueira started third but made contact with Mario Dominguez on the first lap. With 84 wins, 87 pole positions and 208 podium finishes since their first season of competition in 1983, Newman/Haas Racing is the most successful team competing in the Champ Car World Series and the second most successful overall open-wheel racing team competing today. Marlboro Team Penske (MTP) has earned 122 open-wheel wins and is in their 38th season while NHR has earned 84 and is in their 23rd.
During the years that NHR has been in existence (1983-current) MTP has earned 85 while NHR has earned 84. Perhaps the most impressive detail however is the fact that NHR ran only one driver it's first six seasons (Mario Andretti) while MTP ran two-to-three drivers per season. From 1989 to present, NHR has been a two-car team while MTP expanded from a two car team to run three cars for three of those seasons.
ON THE SCHEDULE TOMORROW: The 30-minute pre-race warm-up will take place from 9:00 AM ET while the 95-lap Molson Indy Toronto. Fans can follow along live by monitoring the free timing and scoring feature on the official website of the series, www.champcarworldseries.com/.