CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Newman/Haas Saturday report

Pacificare driver Junqueira to start third in Molson Indy Montreal after running second fastest time in dinal qualifying; Lilly driver Bourdais qualified sixth, only two-tenths of a second off pole. BRUNO JUNQUEIRA, ...

Pacificare driver Junqueira to start third in Molson Indy Montreal after running second fastest time in dinal qualifying; Lilly driver Bourdais qualified sixth, only two-tenths of a second off pole.

BRUNO JUNQUEIRA, #1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We lost the pole today by six-thousandths of a second. The PacifiCare car has been good all weekend. We were second fastest but we will start third because Servia earned a guaranteed front row start yesterday with his provisional pole. Our strategy was to make our first run earlier in the session to make sure we could get a clear lap. After our first run we were P1 (position one) but the track was getting faster and we dropped back as others made their first run. I was able to put in my quickest lap on my last timed lap and move up to second fastest only six-thousandths of a second behind Alex. Third is definitely better than starting eighth like Paul (Tracy) but I'm sure he doesn't plan to stay there. I think Paul Tracy is capable of having a good race no matter where he starts. Lots of times we have been second and third but only by tenths of a second. The track was very, very good today. We lapped almost as fast as last year but with less horsepower. I was impressed. I think Tagliani will be very aggressive especially since it is his hometown race. Both Tagliani and Servia will be fighting to win their wins in the series and I will be fighting to win the race and for the Championship. We need to have a good race and get lots of points."

* NOTES: It will be his second race here... Started third and finished 13th due to engine failure last year...He is currently ranked second in the point standings with 164 to Tracy's 184.

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS, #2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It was a frustrating qualifying session. I was only able to do one quick lap on my second stint. Guys kept coming out of the pits in front of me. If I could have put three laps together I could have improved a lot. The times are so close. With 2/10ths of a second more we could be on pole. The race is long and it will be hard. We'll just have to see what opportunities we can take advantage of to more to the front."

* NOTES: Will be his first race here...He earned four poles (3-road course; 1-oval) and three wins in 13 events so far. (He started in second place in England and fifth in Long Beach.) Has won a total of six bonus points this season (Friday & Saturday in St. Pete; Saturday in Monterrey, Saturday and Sunday in Germany; Friday in Cleveland)...He is currently ranked 4th in the point standings with 126 points.

* TEAM NOTES: In one Champ Car event held here to date, the team has earned ONE pole (da Matta 2002) and ONE podium (2nd da Matta 2002)...LAST YEAR IN MONTREAL: NHR's da Matta led the first 35 laps from pole but the team elected for a conservative pit strategy and he finished second as a result. Fittipaldi started 11th and finished 7th.

ON TAP FOR TOMORROW: The 30-minute pre-race morning warm-up will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the Molson Indy Montreal will begin at 2 p.m. SPEED will televise the race on a same-day, tape delayed basis beginning with the 30-minute pre race show at 9 p.m. Live audio of the Molson Indy Montreal will begin on Sunday, August 24 at 2:00 p.m. on the official web site of the CART Champ Car World Series. All times Eastern.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy