McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS TO START THIRD FOR THE GRAN PREMIO TELMEX/TECATE AND PACIFICARE DRIVER SERVIA TO START SEVENTH Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Well, it's just been a weird day for the McDonald's...
McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS TO START THIRD FOR THE GRAN PREMIO TELMEX/TECATE AND PACIFICARE DRIVER SERVIA TO START SEVENTH
Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:
"Well, it's just been a weird day for the McDonald's team. We had a great car this morning. I really thought we were going to have a shot at the pole. We put a new set of tires at the end but something must have happened on the car. We just got it all wrong because ever since that point we never really got the car underneath us. We just couldn't pull it off. It's a little bit disappointing because obviously last year we had a pretty dominant performance. That proves that basically every year's different and you need to stay on top of your game. It doesn't seem like today we got it."
- FAST FACTS: Will be his third race here. Started from pole last year, set the fastest race lap and led all 63 laps to win the race and championship but not before he overcame a Lap 41/63 mistake where he spun after having built a 17-second lead. Started fourth in 2003 and finished second....Clinched his second consecutive Champ Car title in the previous race in Australia and became the first back-to-back Champ Car champion since Gil de Ferran (2000-2001)...Has 344 points over second place Oriol Servia's 265.
Oriol Servia, No. 2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:
"Qualifying went really bad for the PacifiCare team. Honestly I am happy with the car; it felt very good. I put in my fastest lap on my first run and I thought we could do much better because I was only happy with my performance on the last three corners. I thought I didn't do the best job on the other part of the lap so I was hopeful on my second run but I got caught by the red flag. When I got back out I felt I had already got the peak performance from the Bridgestone red alternate tires and couldn't improve my time from the first run which was never great to begin with. We are not in the best position to start the last race of the season but the most important part is where you finish and we are going to try to move the PacifiCare car to the front. Turn 1 is a good place to pass and Ford's Push to Pass makes a big different. The PacifiCare guys always do good pit stops so that is another way to move up. I came from last to fifth in Australia so theoretically this should be easier."
- FAST FACTS: Will be his be his fourth race here. Started fifth and finished seventh in 2004. Started 16th and finished 13th in 2003. Started 16th and finished ninth in 2002...Is ranked second in the standings with 265 points.
- NEWMAN/HAAS RACING FACTS: The team has earned ONE WIN (Bourdais 2004) ONE POLE (Bourdais 2004) and FOUR PODIUM finishes in the three races held here. (2nd place -- Junqueira 2004, Bourdais 2003, da Matta 2002). ...Since they began 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 124 open-wheel wins and is in their 38th season while NHR has earned 90 and is in their 23rd. During the years that NHR has been in existence (1983-current) MTP has earned 85 wins while NHR has earned 90 wins (includes MTP's 7-24 Milwaukee win). 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.
ON THE SCHEDULE TOMORROW: The morning warm-up will take place from 10:45-11:15 AM CT while the Gran Premio Telmex/Tecate will begin at 2:45 PM CT.