CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterrey: Bridgestone Saturday report

Bourdais Extends Mastery of Monterrey to 4th Consecutive Pole Sebastien Bourdais of Newman/Haas Racing has become the master of qualifying in the Champ Car World Series in general and at Fundidora Park in particular. Today the reigning series ...

Bourdais Extends Mastery of Monterrey to 4th Consecutive Pole

Sebastien Bourdais of Newman/Haas Racing has become the master of qualifying in the Champ Car World Series in general and at Fundidora Park in particular. Today the reigning series champion won the Bridgestone Pole Position for the fourth straight year at Monterrey with a lap of 103.401 mph (1 minute 13.253 seconds) around the slick permanent circuit. Bourdais has never started anywhere but on the pole here. It also marks the 20th pole position in 48 Champ Car starts for the Frenchman.

Last weekend in Houston, Bourdais preferred the ride on the standard specification Bridgestone tires to the red-sidewalled alternate Potenzas. This weekend in Monterrey, however, he favors the alternates.

* From Sebastien Bourdais, McDonald's Ford/Lola/Bridgestone: "The Bridgestone alternate tires are definitely a lot better this weekend. However, the track conditions are changing quite a bit, so it's definitely going to take some adjustments to the car in the race. The Bridgestone tires are really good today."

* Bridgestone Tire Performance Summary: Bridgestone Motorsport brought a pair of new dry-condition tire specifications to Monterrey. Each car receives six sets of the standard-spec and two sets of the alternate-spec tires this weekend. Per Champ Car rules, each car must run at least one set of each tire spec during Sunday's race.

* From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport: "The temperatures have been incredibly warm this weekend in Monterrey, and we expect it to continue on race day. As Sebastien said, the track conditions have been constantly changing and that should continue. The drivers don't need to worry about their Bridgestone tires, though. The Potenzas -- both the standards and alternates -- are performing well in all weather and track conditions; we don't see that changing."

Bourdais gets a $5,000 bonus for winning the Bridgestone Pole Position today. As part of the award, the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps, the Official Charity of Champ Car, receives a $2,500 donation

Qualifying session temperatures ranged from 137 to 139 degrees track and from 94 to 95 degrees ambient (F).

Qualifying session temperatures ranged from 58 to 59 degrees track and from 34 to 35 degrees ambient (C).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sébastien Bourdais