CHAMPCAR/CART: Toyota Houston qualifying notes

JUNQUEIRA LANDS IN FRONT ROW - Bruno Junqueira (Target Toyota) earned his third front row starting spot of the season with a second today in Houston. Junqueira previously was on the pole at Nazareth and second in the streets of Detroit. The...

JUNQUEIRA LANDS IN FRONT ROW - Bruno Junqueira (Target Toyota) earned his third front row starting spot of the season with a second today in Houston. Junqueira previously was on the pole at Nazareth and second in the streets of Detroit. The second is his eighth top-10 start of the season. Today's performance marks the fifth time in 13 races with qualifying (four were lost due to weather) this season that the Brazilian rookie has been the highest qualifying Toyota - and the third time in five street course races.

FOUR TOYOTA'S IN TOP-10 - Bruno Junqueira's second led a strong group of four Toyota-powered cars in the top-10. Scott Dixon (Enron Toyota), Cristiano da Matta (Texaco/Havoline Toyota) and Mauricio Gugelmin (Nextel Toyota) qualified seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively.

TOYOTA SHOOTS FOR THIRD STRAIGHT ROAD COURSE WIN - With four cars starting in the top 10 tomorrow, Toyota will be shooting for its third consecutive CART road course victory. Roberto Moreno won the most recent road course event through the streets of Vancouver, while Bruno Junqueira was victorious one race prior at Road America.

MORENO STREET SAVVY - Roberto Moreno will start 11th tomorrow, but if past results are any indication, he may move up quickly. Moreno won the last street course race at Vancouver, had a third on the streets of Detroit and appeared to be on the way to victory on the temporary circuit at Cleveland. In that event, another car spun in front of Moreno with less than 10 laps remaining while Moreno was running third. At the time, Moreno was running full rich and had just run the fastest lap of the race, while the two cars just in front of him were leaned out. <pre>

Toyota Drivers Houston Qualifying

2. Bruno Junqueira 7. Scott Dixon 8. Cristiano da Matta 9. Mauricio Gugelmin 11. Roberto Moreno 13. Christian Fittipaldi 14. Tora Takagi 23. Memo Gidley 24. Jimmy Vasser

TEXACO/HAVOLINE GRAND PRIX, ESPN, 2:00 p.m. EDT

-TRD-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Memo Gidley , Bruno Junqueira , Roberto Moreno , Christian Fittipaldi , Scott Dixon , Mauricio Gugelmin , Tora Takagi , Cristiano da Matta