If It's Bridgestone Pole Position Qualifying, It Must Be Bourdais Sebastien Bourdais extended his Champ Car qualifying dominance to the only oval on the 2006 schedule, setting the pace today with a lap of 175.394 mph (21.182 seconds) to win the...
If It's Bridgestone Pole Position Qualifying, It Must Be Bourdais
Sebastien Bourdais extended his Champ Car qualifying dominance to the only oval on the 2006 schedule, setting the pace today with a lap of 175.394 mph (21.182 seconds) to win the Bridgestone Pole Position Award and lead a Newman/Haas Racing sweep of the front row. For the two-time reigning series champion Bourdais, it marks the 21st pole in just 49 Champ Car starts, an amazing 43 percent success rate. All 21 of those pole positions have come on Bridgestone Potenza tires.
It is the third Bridgestone Pole Position Award in four races this season for Bourdais. He wins a $5,000 bonus and the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps receives a $2,500 donation. Bruno Junqueira, Bourdais' teammate, recovered from crashing his primary car in morning practice to put the backup on the outside of row one with a lap of 174.627 mph (21.275 seconds).
* From Sebastien Bourdais, McDonald's Ford/Lola/Bridgestone: "The Bridgestone tires were really quick up to speed. We only did one lap at speed because I knew it was good enough for pole. The tires were great and we're hoping to have a great racecar tomorrow."
* From Bruno Junqueira, Hole in the Wall Ford/Lola/Bridgestone: "The Bridgestone tires are really good. We did some long runs yesterday and I can do 70 laps with no problem. I was doing my fastest laps at the end, so the tires aren't going off at all."
* Bridgestone Tire Performance Summary: Bridgestone Motorsport brought a new tire to Milwaukee this year, featuring updated constructions and compounds. Bridgestone engineers expect the Potenza tires should provide grip and durability at least on par with last year's tire specification. Each car received eight sets of tires (32 total) for the two-day race weekend, plus an additional four sets were available for Friday's open test day.
* From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport: "So far we are pleased with the new Potenza tire we brought for this weekend. It is Bridgestone's intent to not remain stagnant in tire development, even though we supply the complete field. We strive to get better and better, and it looks as if we're headed that direction with this new Bridgestone tire specification. No matter how good the tire, Milwaukee has already shown this weekend that it's a challenging mile oval and tomorrow's race should be a real battle."
Qualifying session temperatures ranged from 103 to 109 degrees track and from 70 to 72 degrees ambient (F).
Qualifying session temperatures ranged from 39 to 43 degrees track and from 21 to 22 degrees ambient (C).