CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland: Newman/Haas Racing Friday report

McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS LOST FASTEST LAP AND ENDED UP FIFTH IN PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING FOR THE G.I. JOE'S GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND; PACIFICARE DRIVER SERVIA 13TH FASTEST OVERALL: Champ Car officials declared that Bourdais had violated ...

McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS LOST FASTEST LAP AND ENDED UP FIFTH IN PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING FOR THE G.I. JOE'S GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND; PACIFICARE DRIVER SERVIA 13TH FASTEST

OVERALL: Champ Car officials declared that Bourdais had violated rule 6.17.5G and took away his fastest lap time that put him third fastest in provisional qualifying. The rule states that a driver who is not running at full qualifying pace should not interfere with other drivers running at full pace. During qualifying, Bourdais came out of the pits as eventual provisional polesitter Justin Wilson was approaching at full speed.

Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: Qualifying went okay; we had a pretty good car, not a perfect one.JThe conditions are difficult with the weather changes. And then the flagman at the exit of pit lane didn't signal that Wilson was coming and that was it, I ended up losing my fastest lap and two positions. It's frustrating but we'll have to keep improving the McDonald's car and try for pole again tomorrow."

Oriol Servia, No. 2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We made a change to the PacifiCare car before the last run and improved it a little bit. We were also struggling with a boost problem this morning and then the engine had a little hesitation in qualifying and it kept getting worse as the session went on. We know the areas to focus on and will try to improve our starting spot tomorrow."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Oriol Servia , Sébastien Bourdais