PACIFICARE DRIVER SERVIA FOURTH FASTEST IN PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING FOR WEST EDMONTON MALL GRAND PRIX; McDONALD'S0x00ae DRIVER BOURDAIS DROPPED TO 10TH AFTER CRASH DURING QUALIFYING Oriol Servia, No. 2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: ...
PACIFICARE DRIVER SERVIA FOURTH FASTEST IN PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING FOR WEST EDMONTON MALL GRAND PRIX; McDONALD'S0x00ae DRIVER BOURDAIS DROPPED TO 10TH AFTER CRASH DURING QUALIFYING
Oriol Servia, No. 2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The PacifiCare car was good. Apart from the fact that A.J. was a second ahead of us the session was good. I think there was more in the car but I couldn't get the flow right when I didn't have traffic. This track is sort of like Elkhart Lake in that you need to get into a flow to do a good lap time. It's supposed to rain tomorrow so we treated today's session as is it would be the only one. Hopefully it won't rain so we can get out there and reach the potential of the car in qualifying."
FAST FACTS: Will be his first race here...Is ranked fifth in the standings with 107 points to leader Bourdais' 150 (-43).
Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The McDonald's car was very good and was a little on the neutral side. I wasn't expecting the front to lock at all; it was pretty much the opposite. But I locked the right front in Turn 7 and the car never turned and I hit the tires and the wall with the left front tire. It's supposed to rain tomorrow so this was our shot for qualifying so we could be in trouble. We were also on one of our sets of red alternate Bridgestone tires we would have used in the race so that is another shame."
FAST FACTS: Will be his first race here...Leads the point standings with 150 to second place Paul Tracy's 135.
NEWMAN/HAAS RACING FACTS: NHR has won 11 races and 10 poles and 25 podium finishes in Canada. NHR has won SEVEN races in Toronto (Bourdais 2004; da Matta 2002; Michael Andretti 2000, 1995, 1992, 1991, 1989), THREE in Vancouver (Michael Andretti -- 1996, 1992, 1991) and ONE in Montreal (Junqueira 2004). The have won FOUR poles in Toronto (Bourdais 2004 & 2005, da Matta 2002, Mi. Andretti 1991), FOUR poles in Vancouver (Da Matta -- 2002; Mi. Andretti -- 1992, 1991, 1990) and TWO in Montreal (Bourdais 2004, da Matta 2002). Overall, the team has earned 25 top-three podium finishes in Canada. With 84 wins, 88 pole positions and 209 podium finishes since their first season of competition in 1983, Newman/Haas Racing is the most successful team competing in the Champ Car World Series and the second most successful overall open-wheel racing team competing today. Marlboro Team Penske (MTP) has earned 122 open-wheel wins and is in their 38th season while NHR has earned 84 and is in their 23rd. During the years that NHR has been in existence (1983-current) MTP has earned 85 while NHR has earned 84. Perhaps the most impressive detail however is the fact that NHR ran only one driver it's first six seasons (Mario Andretti) while MTP ran two-to-three drivers per season. From 1989 to present, NHR has been a two-car team while MTP expanded from a two car team to run three cars for three of those seasons.