CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Newman/Haas Racing Friday report

McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS ON PROVISIONAL POLE FOR LEXMARK INDY 300 --- ONE MORE POINT NEEDED TO CLINCH SECOND CONSECUTIVE CHAMP CAR CHAMPIONSHIP; PACIFICARE DRIVER SERVIA FIFTH FASTEST Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's ...

McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS ON PROVISIONAL POLE FOR LEXMARK INDY 300 --- ONE MORE POINT NEEDED TO CLINCH SECOND CONSECUTIVE CHAMP CAR CHAMPIONSHIP; PACIFICARE DRIVER SERVIA FIFTH FASTEST

Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It was a pretty tense session under tough conditions. You have to be on track at the right time with the right tires. We just got lucky. I think being at pit out played a big factor for us. I'm very happy for the team Newman/Haas and McDonalds that gave me such a great car because it was definitely not easy. We gave it all. We said we were going to be attacking very hard this weekend, and I think it outlines very well what our mindset is. We are taking this weekend one step at a time and we said we would give our all this weekend and that's what were doing. This was a good way to show we deserve the championship. It has not been a frustration-free season but we are just trying to show we earned it (title)."

- FAST FACTS: Will be his third race here. In 2004, he could have clinched title here if he gained an additional seven points over his teammate Junqueira (total of 35). Was the provisional polesitter which allowed him to increase his lead to 28 points over second. Set the third fastest time in final qualifying but started second based on his prov. pole. Junqueira was able to gain a position on him after his second stop and he ultimately finished second and lost ground in the points lead (335-313)...Started on pole in 2003 but finished 17th. He and Paul Tracy made contact early in the race but he held second place until he lost control of his race car and crashed when rain began to fall, followed by hail and a temporary halt to the event.

....Leads the point standings with 311 over second place Oriol Servia's 243 (+68). He is attempting to become the first back-to-back champion since Gil de Ferran (2000-01).

Oriol Servia, No. 2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I got only two good laps in the PacifiCare car in qualifying. On the other laps I kept messing up Turn 1 which made me miss the chicane each time. Then I ran slower to save the tires to try again on the next lap and messed up again. We waited to go out and it was prefect timing but I kept messing up Turn 1. The good news is that Paul (Tracy) didn't get the point because we are trying to hold onto second place in the standings."

- FAST FACTS: Will be his be his sixth race here. Drove to a 13th place finish in 2004 after he started last due to not posting a qualifying time. Started sixth in 2003 and finished 19th after contact. Started ninth in 2002 and finished 16th after mechanical failure. Started 12th and finished 25th in 2001 due to a mechanical failure. Started 14th and finished ninth in 2000. problem did not allow him to attempt to qualify. Gained approx. 10 positions at the start, led four laps but finished 12th...Is ranked second in the standings with 243 points to leader Bourdais' 311 (-68).

- NEWMAN/HAAS RACING FACTS: In their previous 14 years of racing here, NHR has earned FOUR WINS (Junqueira 2004, Da Matta 2001, Tracy 1995, Mansell 1993), SIX POLES (Bourdais 2003, Da Matta 2002, Mi. Andretti 1995 & 1991, Mansell 1993-1994) and EIGHT PODIUM finishes (2nd -- Bourdais 2004; 3rd - Fittipaldi 1998, Mi. Andretti 1997, Ma. Andretti 1994)...Since they began competition in 1983, Newman/Haas Racing is the most successful team competing in the Champ Car World Series and the second most successful overall open-wheel racing team competing today. Marlboro Team Penske (MTP) has earned 124 open-wheel wins and is in their 38th season while NHR has earned 89 and is in their 23rd. During the years that NHR has been in existence (1983-current) MTP has earned 85 wins while NHR has earned 89 wins (includes MTP's 7-24 Milwaukee win). Perhaps the most impressive detail however is the fact that NHR ran only one driver it's first six seasons (Mario Andretti) while MTP ran two-to-three drivers per season. From 1989 to present, NHR has been a two-car team while MTP expanded from a two car team to run three cars for three of those seasons.

ON THE SCHEDULE TOMORROW: The morning practice session will take place from 10:15-11:15 AM local time while final qualifying will begin at 1:45-2:45 PM local time. Fans can follow along live by monitoring the free timing and scoring feature on the official website of the series, http://www.champcarworldseries.com/. Race coverage will be televised by Speed TV on Sunday beginning with a qualifying show at 3:00 PM which will be followed by the race coverage at 3:30. All times Eastern.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Oriol Servia , Mario Andretti , Sébastien Bourdais
Teams Team Penske