McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS ON POLE FOR THE CANARY FOUNDATION GRAND PRIX OF SAN JOSE PRESENTED BY TAYLOR WOODROW; HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER JUNQUEIRA TO START SEVENTH IN HIS DEBUT HERE Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's ...
McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS ON POLE FOR THE CANARY FOUNDATION GRAND PRIX OF SAN JOSE PRESENTED BY TAYLOR WOODROW; HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER JUNQUEIRA TO START SEVENTH IN HIS DEBUT HERE
Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:
"I think it's been a very good day overall. This morning, the McDonald's car was a lot better than yesterday. We fixed most of the problems we had in the braking. The Bridgestone red tires fixed the rest for qualifying. I'm very happy with the way things went. It was a really good lap but it was a very good first run, I'd say, because it didn't come only on one lap. It was building up slowly and steadily each lap without making any mistakes. We gained a few 10ths every lap. It seems like the more I was running, the more the car was giving me. I actually would have loved to keep on trying because it felt like there was some more in it. It was an awesome feeling. Then the second run kind of felt like you we were in a good window the first time. The second run was just a waste, complete waste, you know, people in the runoff, coming out the pits, spinning. We never really got going. We are fortunate we could put it together at the beginning. The McDonald's team had a great day. I'm very happy to start that way for tomorrow because obviously the opinion is there's no better place to be than on the pole. If we get hit, we get hit, but at least we did everything we could to avoid that. A.J.'s third, but Justin's 12th. Championionship-wise, it's a very good operation, so we'll try and keep our nose clean tomorrow and have a good result."
Today was his 23rd pole in his 54th Champ Car race and second in San Jose.
He will attempt to earn his 21st win in his 54th start tomorrow.
Bruno Junqueira, No. 2 Hole in the Wall Camps
"Qualifying was okay. We improved the car and I'm happy with that. Maybe I could have improved on the second run and gained a couple of positions. We were able to make the car more consistent which will help us in the race. Starting the race from the inside is better than the outside but we are starting midfield so it's going to be pretty exciting. Hopefully not too exciting."
Will be his first race here. Missed the 2005 event due to injury sustained in the Indy 500.
Is ranked 9th in the point standings with 108 points.
NEWMAN/HAAS RACING FACTS:
NHR won the inaugural race in San Jose in 2005 when Bourdais led each qualifying session, set the fastest race lap and drove to victory from pole. Oriol Servia started second and finished third.
Today was NHR's 35th pole in the past 68 races.
The team will be attempting to earn their 36th win in 75 races tomorrow.