Bourdais Breaks Track Record to Win Bridgestone Pole Position Proving that he is not taking the recent championship charge by A.J. Allmendinger and Forsythe Racing lightly, Sebastien Bourdais set a new track record and took the Bridgestone Pole...
Bourdais Breaks Track Record to Win Bridgestone Pole Position
Proving that he is not taking the recent championship charge by A.J. Allmendinger and Forsythe Racing lightly, Sebastien Bourdais set a new track record and took the Bridgestone Pole Position Award today in Edmonton.
Bourdais's lap of 58.560 seconds (121.291 mph) bettered the standard set last year by Allmendinger (58.628 seconds), whose string of three straight front-row race starts has come to an end. Allmendinger's teammate Paul Tracy will start alongside of Bourdais, and RuSPORT's Justin Wilson will start third.
From Sebastien Bourdais, #1 McDonald's Ford/Lola/Bridgestone:
"The Bridgestone red tires were pretty good today. They were probably a couple of tenths quicker than the black. So, you know, for us it's a matter of kind of guessing what the balance switch is going to be. Today we were right, so I hope we can keep guessing right."
Bridgestone Tire Performance Summary: Bridgestone Motorsport brought the same primary tire to Edmonton's City Centre Airport circuit as they did for this season's other airport race at Cleveland's Burke Lakefront. The spec falls into the middle of the compound durability range of Potenza road course tires. The alternate tire for Edmonton is new for 2006, but it has already seen significant track time as it served as the standard-spec for the races in Portland and Monterrey. Each car receives six sets of standard Potenzas and two sets of the red-sidewall alternates to use during the weekend, but at least one set of each spec must be run during Sunday's race.
From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport:
"It is certainly a challenge to develop tires for tracks that you can't test on. However, we were able to draw from many years of Champ Car experience and the similarities between this track and Cleveland. One of the biggest issues for us is that it is a lot hotter than we expected it would be. We are continuing to work on our alternate tire concept - right now, there's not as much difference between the standard and the 'reds' as I would like to see. So we are challenging our engineers to work on that issue. It's great to see Sebastien set a new track record, and he used the alternate tires to do it. Tomorrow's race should be very exciting."
Qualifying temperatures ranged from 119 to 125 degrees track and from 93
to 95 degrees ambient (F).
Qualifying temperatures ranged from 48 to 52 degrees track and from 34 to 35 degrees ambient (C).