CHAMPCAR/CART: Bourdais grabs provisional pole in Montreal

McDonald's opened Molson Indy Montreal on top of the world with a major announcement prior to the McDonald's car being the fastest on the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve road course. "I'm very happy for the guys who are working very hard from the ...

McDonald's opened Molson Indy Montreal on top of the world with a major announcement prior to the McDonald's car being the fastest on the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve road course.

"I'm very happy for the guys who are working very hard from the beginning of the season and really get the reward," said Bourdais. "The car is very good and very nice to drive. So I'm just having a very pleasant time right now."

Newman/Haas racer Sebastien Bourdais continued his championship goal with another bonus point to add to his overall lead for the title. Bourdais was clocked at 1:21.695 for a speed of 119.376 miles per hour on the 2.709-mile circuit.

"Well, I don't think it's really a tight track," commented Bourdais on the circuit. "You just like to put yourself up front to prevent falling behind because really the key of the season so far is just really running away from the incidents. So hopefully it's going to be a clean and nice start and won't have to repeat what happened in Denver. I guess it's possible here to pass but it makes life a lot harder if you have to do that."

The Frenchman's sponsor became the official 'fast food restaurant' for the Champ Car World Series today. "I think this is great news," commented Bourdais at the CCWS/McDonald's press conference. "The involvement of a great company on a higher level. I am just looking forward to trying to win this championship and put the McDonald's colors out front."

French-Canadian driver Alex Tagliani gave the local fans something to cheer about as he sat a fast lap time of 1:21.791, just shy of the provisional pole by 0.096-seconds. The Rocketsports Racing driver will make the attempt on Saturday to repeat his 2003 qualifying run and take his home track pole for Sunday's race.

"We would have loved to be in Sebastien's spot today because I think we have a very, very quick car, but it's good to be in this position and knowing that we have a fast car and we can fairly have a shot for the pole tomorrow," Tagliani commented.

Mario Dominguez placed the Herdez Competition Lola third fastest at 1:22.056; however, his session ended with a hard crash. The Mexican racer is still searching for the elusive top-spot on the grid.

"I started pushing the envelope too hard," explained Dominguez. "The car lost the rear and I had the accident, but I think the times would have definitely dropped there everybody else, so the track was picking up grip. We are looking pretty strong. Only my ego is bruised."

NHR's Bruno Junqueira was fourth quickest followed by rookie A.J. Allmendinger (RuSPORT).

Final round of qualifying for the Champ Car pilots will take place on Saturday afternoon.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Alex Tagliani , Mario Dominguez , Sébastien Bourdais