McDonald's driver Bourdais earned his fourth pole in eight races for tomorrow's Champ Car Grand Prix of Road America; Pacificare driver Junqueira to start fourth Sebastien Bourdais, No. 2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Yesterday was...
McDonald's driver Bourdais earned his fourth pole in eight races for tomorrow's Champ Car Grand Prix of Road America; Pacificare driver Junqueira to start fourth
Sebastien Bourdais, No. 2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Yesterday was not good but we got the pole for the McDonald's team today. The entire team pulled together to get this pole. It's a really neat feeling. This is a great race track; the best. To win the pole here is very rewarding. We have been more consistent this season in both qualifying and the race and that has enabled us to lead the championship. I had a moment on my second run after I already set the fastest time to that point. You can't see the white line on the part of the track where I went off because it's covered with rubber. When I lost it I didn't know what happened. I thought I might have had brake failure or something. I thought I was pretty far from the edge of the track but I lost the rear of the car because the left rear was in the grass. Fortunately I was not on a hot lap or I might have ended up like (Paul) Tracy. We have a good race car so I hope the weather cooperates tomorrow. I have been racing in the rain for the length of my career. I like it but it would be better for the drivers and the fans if we had good weather for the race."
* FAST FACTS: Will be his second race here...Started second and finished second to teammate Junqueira last year...Has won four races this season and four poles in eight events...Leads the point standings with 187.
Bruno Junqueira, No. 6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "When I came in from my second run I said 'We have a car to do it. Let's add fuel and put on new tires and do four fast lap.' Unfortunately everyone was on track because Mario's red bunched everyone up. We had the right strategy in terms of waiting at the beginning. We would have been caught by his red anyway. Everyone went out when the track went green again and there was too much traffic. It's a shame because it would have been great to put the PacifiCare car on pole again. We'll work hard in the race to get the same result tomorrow as we did last year here."
* FAST FACTS: Will be his fourth race here... In three previous races here, he has won two (2003 & 2001) and finished third in the other (2002). Started 10th and won in his first race here in 2001. Started from pole in 2002 but finished third in 2002 after a slow final pit stop. Also set the fastest race lap. Earned his first of two wins in 2003 here as well as the maximum points -- 23 -- after he was the provisional pole sitter, pole sitter, led the most laps in the race and won...Is second in the point standings with 159.
* NEWMAN/HAAS RACING FACTS: NHR has won NINE races at this track (Junqueira 2003; da Matta 2002; Fittipaldi 1999; Michael Andretti -- 1996, 1991, 1990; Mario Andretti 1987, 1984, 1983) and SEVEN poles (Bourdais TODAY; Junqueira -- 2003; Mi. Andretti -- 1999, 1998; Mario Andretti 1987, 1984, 1983). They have earned a total of 17 podium finishes (2nd -- Bourdais 2003, Mi. Andretti 1999, Tracy 1995, Mansell 1993; 3rd -- Fittipaldi 1998, Mario Andretti 1991 & 1988, Jones 1985).
ON THE SCHEDULE TOMORROW: The morning warm-up will begin at 9 a.m. CT and the Champ Car Grand Prix of Road America will begin at 2 p.m.