Bourdais Earned 8th Pole in Toronto; Junqueira to Start 3rd Sebastien Bourdais, No. 2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I really have to thank the McDonald's team because they did a great job with the setup. You just try as hard as...
Bourdais Earned 8th Pole in Toronto; Junqueira to Start 3rd
Sebastien Bourdais, No. 2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I really have to thank the McDonald's team because they did a great job with the setup. You just try as hard as you can so I am glad it was good enough. On our second run I just couldn't put a lap together because there was so much traffic. It's always difficult when you have so many cars on the track at the same time. I made a mistake on my quickest lap and I thought maybe someone was going to catch me on their second set of tires so I'm glad it held. It's very good to start on pole here. I didn't really want to start on the second row."
FAST FACTS: Will be his second race here. In 2003, he started sixth and finished fourth after struggling to find a good race setup due to limited track time (rain and etc.)...It was his EIGHTH pole position in his 24th Champ Car event as well as his third of the season after having also earned the pole in Monterrey & Portland...In addition to his EIGHT poles, he earned front row (top-two) starts 11 times (2nd place - '03 England & Elkhart Lake; '04 - Long Beach & Milwaukee)...Is second in the point standings with 131.
Bruno Junqueira, No. 6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It was a very difficult qualifying session for the PacifiCare team. I was under a lot of pressure because there was a lot of traffic. On the first set of tires, only the last lap was clear and when I went out on the second set I thought 'This is going to be difficult.' I had traffic until the last lap and I knew I had to make it count to improve. At one point I said "I need to be top-three, I need to be top-three' and the final lap I got it. The PacifiCare car was good, maybe not as good as yesterday, but unfortunately I couldn't push too hard because of traffic. On my fastest lap, I could have pushed harder and maybe get within one-tenth of Sebastien but I'm not sure if I had enough to beat him."
* 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 131.
* NEWMAN/HAAS RACING FACTS: NHR has won SIX races at this track (Da Matta - 2002; Michael Andretti - 2000, 1995, 1992, 1991, 1989) and THREE poles (Bourdais - TODAY; 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)...It is the 18TH pole in the past 39 Champ Car events for the team. Former driver da Matta won his first of seven poles 38 races ago in Monterey, Calif. and went on to win another six poles in '02. Bourdais won '03 poles in St. Pete, Monterrey, Germany, Cleveland & Australia and '04 poles in Monterrey, Portland and TODAY. Junqueira won '03 poles in Elkhart Lake & Denver and an '04 pole in Long Beach...Bourdais and Junqueira will be attempting to earn the 18th win for NHR in the past 45 races (dating back to Cristiano da Matta's '01 win in Australia).
ON THE SCHEDULE TOMORROW: The morning warm-up take place from 9:00-9:30 a.m. 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.