CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterrey: Newman/Haas Racing Saturday report

McDonald's Driver Bourdais Earned Second Consecutive Pole for Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix; PacifiCare Driver Junqueira to Start Fourth Pole: Sebastien Bourdais 1:13.915 NEW TRACK RECORD 4th: Bruno Junqueira ...

McDonald's Driver Bourdais Earned Second Consecutive Pole for Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix; PacifiCare Driver Junqueira to Start Fourth

Pole: Sebastien Bourdais 1:13.915          NEW TRACK RECORD

4th: Bruno Junqueira 1:14.405

OVERVIEW: Bourdais broke the track record of 1:14.938, which he set in 2003 with his 2004 lap time of 1:13.915 around the 2.104-mile course. The new qualifying rules announced one week ago to be implemented in Mexico were revised prior to the final qualifying session today to reflect the previous system. The CCWS rules that Bourdais would retain the point earned in Friday qualifying, however all starting positions for the race would be based on the times earned in today's qualifying session. The duration of the qualifying session was sixty (60) minutes. The session was divided into three segments. The first segment was an open practice of fifteen (15) minutes. The second segment was ten minutes of down time followed by the final segment of qualifying for a duration of thirty-five (35) minutes, of which green flag conditions must be in effect for at least twenty (20) minutes.

Sebastien Bourdais, No. 2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I guess this track in Monterrey is suiting me pretty well. This McDonald's car has been just awesome all weekend long. We started very fast and remained consistent. The Bridgestone tires were better this year -- we are one second faster than last year. We didn't change the setup much just tuned it a little. The baseline was good. I'm fairly confident for the race tomorrow. It should be a good event for us. We have a great race car for tomorrow, we just need a trouble-free race and a clean start. It was good for the series to change the qualifying format. If they can change the qualifying format during the event, I would like to see the race format change for this race. We all agree that it is the best quality and the best show we have had with the pit windows (like we had last year)."

* FAST FACTS: Will be his second race here....Won his second pole in the series in Monterrey as well as set a track record. He led the first 16 laps but a faulty radio led to a missed pit stop. Also had a troubled pit stop and later brushed the wall entering the pits which ultimately led to retire from the race in 17th place....Bourdais won his SIXTH pole position in his 20th Champ Car event as well as his FIFTH on a ROAD/STREET COURSE today....In addition to his SIX poles, he also started on the front row (top-two) NINE times....With the bonus point for today's pole, Bourdais has now earned THREE this season....He is ranked THIRD in the standings with 29 points.

Bruno Junqueira, No. 6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The PacifiCare car was good I just didn't put a lap together. It's possible to win from fourth but it's obviously not where we wanted to start. We need to have a clean race with more quick pit stops by the PacifiCare crew. I'm glad the series changed the qualifying format back to the way it was."

* FAST FACTS: Will be his fourth race here. He started 7th in 2003, ran the fastest lap of the race but settled for a fifth place finish after a spin dropped him to 9th place. In 2002 he started 7th but Townsend Bell ran into him on the start limited him to an 11th place finish. Started 20th and finished 22nd in 2001 due to a mechanical failure...Started on pole and finished second in Long Beach. Has 29 points to leader Paul Tracy's 32.

* NEWMAN/HAAS RACING FACTS: NHR has won TWO of the three races at this track (Da Matta 2001 & 2002) and ONE pole (Bourdais 2003). They have earned a total of THREE podium finishes (3rd place Fittipaldi 2002)..... It was the 79th pole for the team and the 16TH pole in the past 35 Champ Car events....The team is aiming to win their 15th race in the past 41 events tomorrow.

ON THE SCHEDULE TOMORROW: The morning warm-up will take place from 11:00-11:30 AM CST and the Tecate/Telmex Monterrey GP will begin at 3:00 p.m. The race will be televised on SpikeTV at 4:00 PM in the Eastern, Central and Pacific time zones respectively.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Townsend Bell , Sébastien Bourdais