McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS TO START FROM POLE FOR THE TAYLOR WOODROW GRAND PRIX OF SAN JOSE; PACIFICARE DRIVER SERVIA MATCHED BEST START WITH SECOND Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I'm very happy for the ...
McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS TO START FROM POLE FOR THE TAYLOR WOODROW GRAND PRIX OF SAN JOSE; PACIFICARE DRIVER SERVIA MATCHED BEST START WITH SECOND
Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I'm very happy for the McDonald's team. It was just a pretty good job from the whole team. We both put it on the front row which means a lot. It means the team is working really hard and we're both benefiting from the hard work. So hopefully we keep up like that, have a long day tomorrow and put on a great show for the fans. Well, it was not an easy session for us. We had a damper failure in the first 15 minutes so we couldn't go right away. Then we went out and we had a red flag come out. When we went out again, another red came out so it was not very smooth. I kind of got a bit too excited and made one mistake, collected myself and made it (pole) happen, but barely. There aren't so many corners; it's obviously quite tight out there, so it's very difficult to make a difference. At the start everybody's going to go for it. They know that positions might be settled after the start. I'm kind of a bit worried about that. In the meantime, there's no better place to start from than the pole position. I guess I should be the guy who feels the best about it.
- FAST FACTS: Will be his first race here...Leads the point standings with 183 to second place Paul Tracy's 161 (+22).
Oriol Servia, No. 2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I'm quite happy for the team to be one-two, like last weekend. It's showing how strong the team is. It's a great result for me so far because it's a very important market for PacifiCare so having the car up there is a good start. You know, qualifying, its 1.4 miles, and all of those cars are out there (at the same time) so it's just hard to get a good lap. I'm sorry for Paul, but I had also -- it's easy to look at the data, I had three, four laps where I was 3/10ths under and you find traffic. I was never doing it on purpose and I had cars in front of me too. But obviously it's the way it goes on tracks that are 1.4 miles. I always try to be fair. I got screwed, too. It's just the nature of the game. You know, again I was only 6/100ths behind my teammate. It's very close and it's getting closer every weekend which makes me happy. But also, you know, he's always just a little bit faster, just enough. Congratulations to him. I'm sure tomorrow will be a great race. I think although there's not many overtaking opportunities out there, I think the cars move around so much that there's going to be a lot of people doing mistakes because it's just so easy, so easy to do a little mistake that will cost you a lot. I'm sure there's going to be enough action for us and for the fans to have a good time and see a good show."
- FAST FACTS: Will be his first race here...Matched his best qualifying effort of second place in Denver and Montreal (both 2003)...Is ranked fourth in the standings with 135 points to leader Bourdais' 183.