McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS TO START FROM POLE FOR THE WEST EDMONTON MALL GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY THE BRICK; JUNQUEIRA TO START NINTH AFTER BRUSH WITH WALL ENDS HIS SESSION PREMATURELY Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's ...
McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS TO START FROM POLE FOR THE WEST EDMONTON MALL GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY THE BRICK; JUNQUEIRA TO START NINTH AFTER BRUSH WITH WALL ENDS HIS SESSION PREMATURELY
Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:
"Well, I think when you look at the charts, it could have been any of us in the center (seat for top-three press conference, center is reserved for pole sitter). It's good to put the McDonald's car in this position. I think obviously, there's a lot to be said about track position here. I'm just glad we got it. I was going a little quicker, was 2/10ths up on my lap time, then lost it going into turn five. I think just about everybody made mistakes. As Paul (Tracy) said, it was pretty broken up, the session. We just got lucky that we could put one good lap on the first run, were able to match it on the second, but not quite where we would have liked it to be. It's going to resume now in the race with a car that we're pretty happy with. But it looks like both of our opponents are very satisfied with their race car, too. It should be a pretty frantic pace tomorrow. We know how tough it is around here. If it's flat-out racing tomorrow for 85 laps, you'll be sure to see a lot of mistakes."
Bruno Junqueira, No. 2 Hole in the Wall Camps Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:
"I was caught in traffic when I first went out and then it cleared a little and I tried to push hard. The rear end went around a little and I brushed the wall and then brought out the red flag. The toe link was damaged so my session was done and I dropped from third to ninth. It's a shame because I think we could have fought for our second pole of the season. Sebastien won the race from tenth place last year so it's possible to win from mid-field. Anything can happen in this race."