McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS ON POLE FOR THE TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH; JUNQUEIRA TO START THIRD IN RACING COMEBACK Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I think the whole McDonald's team made the big effort...
McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS ON POLE FOR THE TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH; JUNQUEIRA TO START THIRD IN RACING COMEBACK
Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I think the whole McDonald's team made the big effort and it showed in the performance. The car was great, not really much to complain about. This morning we had a good amount of running but we were going into qualifying a little with some unknowns. Today we definitely put our stuff together and it worked out great."
- FAST FACTS: Will be his fourth race here. Started fourth and won in 2005 after he led 37 laps. Started second and finished third in 2004. Started fifth in 2003, led three laps and was in fifth place when his engine failed after 70/90 laps which resulted in a 16th place finish...Will attempt to become the first open wheel driver to win three consecutive championships since Ted Horn did so from 1946-1948.
Bruno Junqueira, No. 2 Hole in the Wall Camp Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I didn't have anything for Sebastien today. I did yesterday but today the car didn't handle as good today but I am happy with a third place start. Our race setup is pretty competitive though and I am ready to race the first lap until the end. I'm quite happy to start my first race back. It's very important to start up front here in Long Beach, a street course, as everybody knows. I'm feeling pretty good for the race. All the Newman/Haas cars are pretty consistent, up front, at the top every session. Anyway, even my car didn't handle perfect, the car is really good. I think when we put the race setup on, the car will be quite competitive."
- FAST FACTS: Will be his sixth race here. Started second and led eight laps but finished third here last year. Won the pole in 2004 but finished second after running a conservative race strategy. He started 4th and finished 3rd in 2003; started 3rd in 2002 and ran the fastest race lap but contact ended his day in 17th place; started 28th in his rookie season in 2001 and finished 9th...Finished second to the champion in three of the four full seasons he has competed in. Finished second to Cristiano da Matta in 2002; second to Paul Tracy in 2003 and second to Bourdais in 2004. Was leading the '05 championship when he sustained a season-ending injury after the second race of the year.