CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver: Lola Saturday report

Tracy overcomes Friday penalty Earns second Canada pole at Vancouver Following Friday provisional qualifying for the Molson Indy Vancouver, Paul Tracy's quick time in the ...

Tracy overcomes Friday penalty
Earns second Canada pole at Vancouver

Following Friday provisional qualifying for the Molson Indy Vancouver, Paul Tracy's quick time in the #3 Team Player's Lola/Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone Champ Car was disallowed for blocking, giving the Canadian ace another reason to reach for top slot in final qualifying this afternoon. That he did by lapping the 1.781-mile Concord Pacific Place circuit at 60.926 seconds (105.236mph). "We wanted to set a time early and get it out of the way," Tracy said. "Then nobody could complain we were in their way. Now we're going to win that race," he declared.

By virtue of his Friday quick lap usurping Tracy's, Bruno Junqueira stands outside pole, yet the #1 PacifiCare Lola improved to 61.070 seconds (104.988mph) and he felt, "I had a very good car. I pushed my best but only had three laps of green on the last outing."

Veteran Roberto Moreno, who won this race two years ago set an early benchmark of 61.172 seconds (104.813mph) in the #4 Herdez Competition Lola. He starts third acknowledging, "This effort has been growing in our team. We are learning the Lola car, which is new to me. Our results are starting to show."

Michel Jourdain Jr. "thought I had good strategy today. We set a baseline early" and improved to fourth in the #9 Gigante Lola, lapping this tricky 12-turn street track at 61.582 seconds (104.115mph). "We waited for the track to come in. The car is much better." Quick learner Sebastien Bourdais brought the #2 Lilly Lola fourth on the 19-car Champ Car grid, setting a tour of 61.617 seconds (104.056mph), recognizing the team's timing strategy didn't pan out after the sole stoppage "It's been another tough one."

Despite causing a red flag with his second touch of the Turn 12 wall in qualifying this afternoon, Patrick Carpentier lines up sixth in the #32 Team Player's Lola with a lap of 61.691 seconds (103.931mph). "I just pushed too hard at Turn 12," he admitted. "We used Paul's setups this afternoon ad were .25 seconds quicker."

Alex Tagliani thought the run that earned him seventh on the grid at 61.816 seconds (103.721mph) was "okay. We were able to correct our changes and makes gains" to the #33 Johnson Controls Lola.. There are eight Lola drivers in the top ten as Oriol Servia took the #20 Visteon Lola to ninth on the grid.

Sunny, warm conditions are expected for Sunday's 100-lap race, the 14th annual Molson Indy Toronto. Speed TV shows the race tape delay at 9:30PM EDT. CART.com is live.

Contact: Jeff Swartwout Lola Cars International USA 6950 Guion Road Indianapolis IN 46268 Ph : +317.328.4695 Fax : +317.328.4696 Cell : +317.828.1066 e-mail : jeff.swartwout@clgllc.com

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Roberto Moreno , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Oriol Servia , Michel Jourdain