McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS WILL SEEK TO EARN FOURTH CONSECUTIVE WIN TOMORROW FROM POLE IN THE MOLSON INDY MONTREAL; PACIFICARE DRIVER SERVIA MATCHED BEST QUALIFYING POSITION OF SECOND PLACE Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's ...
McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS WILL SEEK TO EARN FOURTH CONSECUTIVE WIN TOMORROW FROM POLE IN THE MOLSON INDY MONTREAL; PACIFICARE DRIVER SERVIA MATCHED BEST QUALIFYING POSITION OF SECOND PLACE
Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Last year we came back and had very good improvements. I was extremely happy with the car. We just started off where we left it. I was pretty happy to see that. We found a few tricks that improved it yet again. It's always the way to go, just keep moving forward. It's a lot about braking very late, curbing very well and getting out of the corner. I can't say usually I'm the fastest guy around the chicanes. My buddy, the Spanish guy (Oriol), is the best one usually. But you know what, we scored the pole position twice this weekend. The feeling is good. All I hope for is just to have a clean race. I truly believe the car should be good enough. This McDonald's car has been good enough the whole weekend. There's no reason not to see it good tomorrow. I guess the weather conditions are going to play a big game for us. Apparently it might rain all night and possibly tomorrow showers. So we'll see what happens. But we're not the slowest guy out there in the rain conditions. If it has to be rain, then be it. But definitely under dry conditions the car feels very good."
- FAST FACTS: It was his 17TH pole position in his 42nd Champ Car event as well as his FOURTH of the season...Will be his third race here. Started from pole here last year and led 26 laps before contact with A.J. Allmendinger caused him to retire from the race in 15th place...Started sixth and finished 19th in 2003 due to differential failure...Bourdais will attempt to become the first driver since Cristiano da Matta (2002) to win four in a row this weekend after victories in Edmonton, San Jose and Denver. Only eight drivers in series history have accomplished the feat, and only three of those in the CART/Champ Car era (since 1979)....Leads the point standings with 251 to second place Paul Tracy's 196 (+55).
Oriol Servia, No. 2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I ran into a bit of trouble this morning when the wall came too close to me and I hit it. The PacifiCare crew did an excellent job fixing the car and changing the engine. Yesterday I really felt I had something for Sebastien. Today I didn't. He was definitely fast in the morning and faster now. I'm actually happy I'm second because the practice session, first run of the tires, I wasn't very happy with the car. We changed a little bit for the second round. The car was better. But every time I had a good lap going, either traffic or Glock spun twice in front of me. I couldn't put a lap together. Before my last lap I was P5 so I really had to put a lap together. It's tough because you see there's only one minute left. I had a couple of good laps going before that but I kept getting traffic. I saw there was only one minute left and they told me, "Last lap." I knew I had to do everything perfect in one lap and I did it and jumped to P2. It's one of those things that every corner you see a 10th better, a 10th better. You just want to finish; you don't want a red. I was lucky to put a lap together. It was nothing spectacular because Sebastien was obviously still two and a half 10ths faster. But it's quite good starting second. It's a good position for tomorrow."
FAST FACTS: Will be his fourth race here. Started 10th and finished 9th in 2004. Earned his best start and finish to date of second place in 2003 as well as led two laps. Started 14th and finished 16th in 2002...Is ranked third in the standings with 183 points to leader Bourdais' 251.
NEWMAN/HAAS RACING FACTS: NHR has won ONE race (Junqueira 2004) and THREE poles in Montreal (Bourdais 2004 & 2005, da Matta 2002). They have earned a total of TWO podium finishes (2nd -- da Matta 2002)...It was the third pole for NHR in four races in Montreal as well as their 27th in the past 56 events...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 87 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 87 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.