Toyota sweeps front row in Road America qualifying. - Today's pole position is the seventh of the season for a Toyota-powered car and the 18thoverall pole position for Toyota in Champ Car competition. In addition, Toyota-powered cars have now...
Toyota sweeps front row in Road America qualifying.
- Today's pole position is the seventh of the season for a Toyota-powered car and the 18thoverall pole position for Toyota in Champ Car competition. In addition, Toyota-powered cars have now qualified one-two in three of the last four permanent road course events this season.
- Defending race champion Bruno Junqueira (Target Toyota) earned his second pole position of the season and the third of his CART career. Junqueira actually turned the two fastest laps of this afternoon's session. It's his first road course pole after winning pole positions at Nazareth (2001) and Motegi earlier thisyear. After winning the pole in Japan, Junqueira went out and won from the point position.
- Today's bonus point for the pole gives Junqueira 87 points for the season, just eight behind Patrick Carpentier for second place and 36 points behind Cristiano da Matta for the series lead.
- With today's fast time in qualifying, Toyota-powered cars were fastest in both qualifying sessions this weekend and in three of the four sessions this weekend.
- Bruno Junqueira's provisional pole today marks the 13th time a Toyota has been the fastest qualifier in 21 CART qualifying sessions this season. In addition,Toyota-powered cars have been the fastest in 12 of 18 road course qualifying sessions this season.
- With his second in qualifying, Cristiano da Matta (Havoline Toyota) now has seven front-row starting spots in 2002, no other driver has more than three. Da Matta gives Toyota a one-two sweep of the front row.
- Scott Dixon (TargetToyota) made it three Toyotas in the top-five and gave Target Chip Ganassi Racing two cars in the top five for the seventh time in 12 races this season. Kenny Brack improved to seventh today to make it three Target Toyotas in the first seven.
- Oriol Servia (Visteon Toyota) made it five Toyota powered cars in the top nine with a ninth today for the second consecutive day. It's Servia's best qualifying effort of the season.
- With the bonus point for winning today's pole position, Toyota extends its Manufacturer'sChampionship lead to 19 points over second-place Honda, 188-169. Ford is third 40 points behind with 148.
Toyota Road America Final Qualifying:
1. Cristiano da Matta
2. Bruno Junqueira
5. Scott Dixon
7. Kenny Brack
9. Oriol Servia
GRAND PRIX OF ROAD AMERICA, Aug. 18, SPEED, 3:00 p.m. EDT