McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS QUALIFIED THIRD FOR THE CHAMP CAR GRAND PRIX OF CLEVELAND; PACIFICARE DRIVER SERVIA TO START SIXTH OVERALL: Bourdais improved one position in final qualifying while Servia improved two. On Bourdais' first run, his ...
McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS QUALIFIED THIRD FOR THE CHAMP CAR GRAND PRIX OF CLEVELAND; PACIFICARE DRIVER SERVIA TO START SIXTH
OVERALL: Bourdais improved one position in final qualifying while Servia improved two. On Bourdais' first run, his fastest lap during the session thus far was impeded by Paul Tracy who had previously lost control of his car then continued on track in front of Bourdais and held him up. Due to the action, Champ Car officials voided Tracy's fastest race lap although his second fastest was still quick enough for pole.
Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:
"Well, it's good to be here; it's been a bit of a struggle. Finally we made it to the top three. I think we really worked hard both days, yesterday and today, and made the McDonald's car work pretty well. I was fairly happy with the balance.
"Paul spun around, and just didn't see me so it kind of ruined our run a bit. And then after that, it was a tough choice: either you want to stay out or you want to wait. We were a bit too optimistic and stayed in the pits for too long. Then when we went back out, there were too many cars on the track and we couldn't do a lap. It's kind of a repeat from yesterday. It's a bit of a shame, but, you know, we've got two fast cars in front of us, and we're just going to have to battle it out tomorrow."
FAST FACTS: Will be his third race here. Started third, led 88 laps and won back-to-back races here in 2004 after having provisional pole taken away on Friday. Won from pole in his rookie race here in 2003 after having led 33 laps to earn his first win in the U.S. in the debut of having McDonald's on his race car...Holds a 106-96 lead over Paul Tracy.
Oriol Servia, No. 2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The PacifiCare car was better in final qualifying; we are improving every session. We are a little disappointed with the starting position because we had three laps that were better but the red flags came out at the wrong time which was probably the same for everybody. The pole was our goal but we had too much push for qualifying which is actually good for the race so I think we will be good in the race. Newman/Haas Racing always has good cars in the race so I am going to try to move the PacifiCare car forward."
FAST FACTS: Will be his fifth race here. His highest finish here was fourth place last year and his highest start came in 2003 of fourth place. Started 13th and finished 4th in 2004; started fourth and finished sixth in 2003; did not compete in 2002; started 12th and finished 17th in 2001; started 11th and finished 23rd in 2000...Is ranked 11th in the standings with 54 points to leader Bourdais' 106.
ON THE SCHEDULE TOMORROW: The 30-minute pre-race warm-up will begin at 10:00 AM ET tomorrow while the 105-lap Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland will begin at 2:00 PM ET and will be televised live on CBS Sports.