CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: Toyota Friday qualifying report

Toyota sweeps front row in Mexico provisional qualifying; Junqueira top qualifier. - Bruno Junqueira used the last lap of qualifying to snatch the pole away from fellow Toyota driver Christian Fittipaldi as Toyota-powered cars swept the ...

Toyota sweeps front row in Mexico provisional qualifying; Junqueira top qualifier.

- Bruno Junqueira used the last lap of qualifying to snatch the pole away from fellow Toyota driver Christian Fittipaldi as Toyota-powered cars swept the provisional front row for Sunday's Mexico City Grand Prix.

- Today's provisional pole marks the 21st time this season that a Toyota-powered car has been on top in the 32 CART qualifying sessions -- almost triple the amount of any other engine manufacturer. Honda is the closest to Toyota with eight fast times, while Ford has had three. In addition, Toyota-powered cars have been the fastest in 19 of the last 25 road course qualifying sessions.

- With a Toyota leading both the practice and qualifying sessions this weekend, Toyota-powered cars have now turned the fastest lap in 40 of the last 50 road course practice and qualifying sessions this season.

- Bruno Junqueira's provisional pole, which guarantees him no worse than second for Sunday's race, marks the fifth time in the last eight Champ Car events that he'll start on the front row. During the previous seven races, he has qualified on the pole twice, second twice and third once. He has three poles to date this season -- Motegi, Road America and Denver.

- Christian Fittipaldi can match his previous best start of the year (Mid-Ohio) if he can hold his second spot in tomorrow's final qualifying. Fittipaldi ran the fastest qualifying time in the season opener at Monterrey, Mexico, but lost his pole time after causing a red flag, forfeiting his fastest qualifying time. This weekend marks Fittipaldi's last CART race before moving on to stock car competition next season.

- With today's provisional pole by Bruno Junqueira, it guarantees that a Target Chip Ganassi Racing Toyota will start on the front row for the sixth consecutive race.

- After qualifying 10th today, Cristiano da Matta is on pace to extend his top-10 qualifying streak to 24 races -- dating back to the Germany race last season. It's the longest such streak in CART competition since Nigel Mansell's run of 30 consecutive races in 1993-94.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Christian Fittipaldi , Nigel Mansell , Chip Ganassi , Cristiano da Matta
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing