CHAMPCAR/CART: Las Vegas: Newman/Haas Racing qualifying report

McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS TO START ON POLE IN THE CHAMP CAR HURRICANE RELIEF 400 IN LAS VEGAS WHILE PACIFICARE DRIVER SERVIA TO START SECOND Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Well, it feels very good for the...

McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS TO START ON POLE IN THE CHAMP CAR HURRICANE RELIEF 400 IN LAS VEGAS WHILE PACIFICARE DRIVER SERVIA TO START SECOND

Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Well, it feels very good for the McDonald's team. It just felt like there was a mechanic on every single piece of tape on the car, you know, pushing me around. It's pretty much a good summary to what happened today. I think it's all to their credit what kind of performance we got in this qualifying. I'm kind of taking myself out of the picture really because in qualifying, just really put the foot down and it's all about the team effort. Obviously they proved to be extremely good at that. During the race it's a bit different story, and you have to have a good ending in traffic. Hopefully we'll be able to achieve that again as well as we did last year. It should be a good race. It was really spectacular last year. I'm not looking forward to another one like that. We'll see what we can get out of this weekend. It's just a bit of a nerve-wracking race really because anything can happen. Obviously, it's really tough on the car, extremely difficult on the engine. I'm not too concerned about the Bridgestone tires, they're just fine. Mechanically anything can happen. That would be the most single painful thing we can encounter during this end of the season, not to finish a race. Hopefully we can have our nose clean and a reliable car and move on and get closer to winning the championship.

On donation by Newman/Haas Racing and Bourdais of the team's portion ($5000) of the $10,000 Bridgestone Pole Award to the Red Cross:

"Well, I guess it's going to take a little bit of everybody to try and overcome all this bad weather. It's just apparently the beginning because I'm pretty sure it's going to be a tough again this Rita hurricane. All I can say is I'm living by the water, enjoying it. If anything bad happens to me, I'd be pretty happy if people are not leaving us behind. It's just normal, I think, try and help a little."

- FAST FACTS: It was his 18th pole in his 43rd Champ Car event as well as his fifth this season...Will be his second race here. Started third last year and led 100 laps which included a wheel-to-wheel battle with his teammate Junqueira for the final 15 laps en route to a 0.066-second margin of victory over his teammate. Bourdais and Junqueira swapped the lead four times in the final seven laps as well as ran wheel to wheel for the final 20...Bourdais will attempt to win four out of the past five race this weekend after victories in Edmonton, San Jose and Denver....Leads the point standings with 277 over second place Oriol Servia's 215 (+62).

Oriol Servia, No. 2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It was great other than being 7-1000ths of a second slower than pole. I think we already in practice showed that we were probably going to be up there. No surprises. The car was very good even with the wind. (Said jokingly while looking at friend Jimmy Vasser:) We knew that no other team was going to beat us, with or without wind strategy. We went out there with the big wind. It was very good. I'm just very happy. The car felt actually quite decent in traffic earlier, so I think once now we change it a little bit for the race, going to be even better. Again, the race is very long. Is the last lap that counts, so we need to get there safe. That's the main thing. Hopefully we can put the PacifiCare car again in the top of the podium.

"I mean, Sebastien doesn't need wins any more. He has 60 points' advantage. The important thing for the team is to secure 1 and 2 in the championship. The best way to do that is for the #2 car winning.JThat's the goal."

- FAST FACTS: Will be his second race here. Started last in the 18-car field after a car problem did not allow him to attempt to qualify. Gained approx. 10 positions at the start, led four laps but finished 12th...Is ranked second in the standings with 215 points to leader Bourdais' 277 (-62).

ON THE SCHEDULE TOMORROW: The pre-race warm-up will take place from 4:15-4:45 PM PT while the 166-lap Hurricane Relief 400 will begin at 8:30 PM PT.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Oriol Servia , Sébastien Bourdais