Tracy takes 16th pole on hometown streets Lola nabs nine of top ten on Toronto grid On a cool, windy, misty rain-driven afternoon, the 18th annual Molson Indy Toronto pole position went to homeboy Paul Tracy, hauling his ...
Tracy takes 16th pole on hometown streets
Lola nabs nine of top ten on Toronto grid
On a cool, windy, misty rain-driven afternoon, the 18th annual Molson Indy Toronto pole position went to homeboy Paul Tracy, hauling his #3 Team Player's Lola/Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone Champ Car to a lap of the 1.755-mile, 10-turn Exhibition Place streets at 58.839 seconds (107.378mph)
It was the CART points leader's third pole of the 2003 season and 16th in a stellar 13-year Champ Car career. "This was a mentally challenging session with the changing weather conditions," Tracy said. "I was happy with the setup yesterday but didn't get my timing right. Today my timing came right and I knew I had a fast car" to achieve the best lap of the day.
Bruno Junqueira starts second in the #1 PacifiCare Lola based on his Friday quick lap, the Brazilian's third 2003 front row start and, like Tracy, his best Toronto grid position. "I couldn't go any faster today but we'll see about tomorrow." Michel Jourdain Jr. earned third on the 19-car grid with his lap of 59.218 seconds (106.691mph) in the #9 Gigante Lola but the Mexican ace was balked by traffic for the second day in a row. "I had a lot of traffic today when on my fast lap. It's very frustrating," he said.
Alex Tagliani took the #33 Johnson Controls Lola to fourth with a lap of 59.261 seconds (106.613mph) and admitted, "We didn't have too much track time to work on the setup but we have a good car." Patrick Carpentier's lap of 59.364 seconds (106.428mph) in his #32 Team Player's Lola was "a little too late but my car is good for the race." All three Canadians are in the top five for the 112-lap contest.
A disappointed Sebastien Bourdais landed in sixth grid slot. "We couldn't put a good run together" in the #2 Lilly Lola, which qualified at 59.421 seconds (106326mph). "The car is obviously very good," he remarked after leading practice. Veteran Roberto Moreno earned seventh in the #4 Herdez Lola at 59.870 seconds (105.529mph) and said, "We now understand the car much better in dry conditions and were able to get more speed." Oriol Servia's eighth place in the #20 Visteon Lola at 59.875 seconds (105.520mph) was impaired by traffic. "I got one clear lap without somebody getting in the way." Jimmy Vasser starts ninth and Adrian Fernandez rounds out the top ten in his #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Lola. "We didn't' have enough dry time and the car is not as good as we thought it would be," the Portland winner confessed.
The 112-lap Molson Indy Toronto begins at 12:30PM EDT Sunday and is being carried live on CBS Sports.