Bourdais Sets New Track Record and Takes 5th Pole of 2006 For the second consecutive week at an event in its second season, Newman/Haas Racing's Sebastien Bourdais set a new track record and claimed the Bridgestone Pole Award today on the...
Bourdais Sets New Track Record and Takes 5th Pole of 2006
For the second consecutive week at an event in its second season, Newman/Haas Racing's Sebastien Bourdais set a new track record and claimed the Bridgestone Pole Award today on the streets of San Jose under sunny California skies.
Bourdais' time of 48.989 seconds easily topped the record he set last year (54.243). Improvements to the track meant that lap times in general were around five seconds faster than in 2005's inaugural event. Forsythe Racing's A.J. Allmendinger clocked the second-fastest time of the day, but he will start from the third spot for tomorrow's race since his teammate Paul Tracy won Friday's provisional pole.
From Sebastien Bourdais, #1 McDonald's Ford/Lola/Bridgestone: "I am very happy with the Bridgestone tires. The reds were a really, really big help to me. This is exactly what we were looking for today. We fixed a lot of the problems we had with braking from yesterday, and the Bridgestone reds fixed everything else for qualifying. Definitely the red tires are quite a bit better - this time I could brake much deeper in the corners. Tomorrow in the hairpin, there is no better place to be than on the pole."
Bridgestone Tire Performance Summary: Bridgestone Motorsport brought the same primary and alternate tires to San Jose as they did for the streets of Houston and Toronto earlier this season. Each car receives seven sets of standard Potenzas and two sets of the red-sidewall alternates to use during the weekend, but at least one set of each spec must be run during Sunday's race.
From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport: "A lot of times we talk about how much difference there is between the black Potenzas and the reds. Sometimes it doesn't work out as much as we would like, but in San Jose there seems to be quite a difference between the two. It should lend to an exciting race tomorrow!"
Qualifying temperatures ranged from 128 to 122 degrees track and from 84
to 87 degrees ambient (F).
Qualifying temperatures ranged from 53.5 to 50 degrees track and from 29 to 30.5 degrees ambient (C).