Wilson Becomes 5th Bridgestone Pole Position Award Winner of '06 The intensely competitive chase for the Bridgestone Pole Position Award became more crowded today when Justin Wilson took top qualifying honors. Wilson is the fifth different...
Wilson Becomes 5th Bridgestone Pole Position Award Winner of '06
The intensely competitive chase for the Bridgestone Pole Position Award became more crowded today when Justin Wilson took top qualifying honors. Wilson is the fifth different driver to lay claim to the pole in 2006, joining Sebastien Bourdais (three times), Mario Dominguez (one), A.J. Allmendinger (one) and Bruno Junqueira (one).
While most drivers saved both their sets of Bridgestone alternate tires for today's session, Wilson was limited to a single set of the softer-compound "reds" because he used a set Friday. Wilson made it count, zipping around the temporary street circuit in 58.182 seconds (108.590 mph) on his final lap -- the fastest qualifying speed at Toronto in four years.
The pole winner at each race this year receives a black crystal trophy and $5,000 from Bridgestone. The tire maker also donates $2,500 to the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps in honor of each pole winner. At season's end, the driver with the most pole positions earns an additional $20,000 and his/her crew chief gets $7,500.
* From Justin Wilson, #9 CDW/RuSPORT Ford/Lola/Bridgestone: "It was just a case of getting a clear lap and hooking it all up at the right time. The Bridgestone alternate tires really came into their own today. They gave me a lot of grip, it was just a matter of getting used to it."
* Bridgestone Tire Performance Summary: Bridgestone Motorsport brought proven selections for both its dry-condition tire specifications this weekend. The standard (black-sidewall) spec debuted on the streets of Houston in May. The higher-grip (red-sidewall) alternate spec saw action at Long Beach and Houston to start the season. Each car receives seven sets of standard Potenzas and two sets of 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: "Once again, we saw that it's never over until the very end in qualifying. A.J. Allmendinger and Sebastien Bourdais traded the top spot most of the session; then Justin snuck in the perfect lap to take the Bridgestone Pole Position. The Bridgestone alternate tires played a big part in every driver who completed a lap today improving their times from Friday. We've seen the alternate Potenzas deliver lap times about a half-second better than the standard tires, and with everyone required to run at least one stint on each type tomorrow, it should make for a most interesting and exciting race -- just as was intended when we introduced the alternate tire plan."
Qualifying session temperatures remained a constant 110 degrees track and 80 degrees ambient (F).
Qualifying session temperatures remained a constant 43 degrees track and 27 degrees ambient (C).