McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS SECOND IN PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING FOR THE MOLSON INDY TORONTO; PACIFICARE DRIVER SERVIA NINTH DUE TO PUNCTURED TIRE Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It's always an interesting ...
McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS SECOND IN PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING FOR THE MOLSON INDY TORONTO; PACIFICARE DRIVER SERVIA NINTH DUE TO PUNCTURED TIRE
Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:
"It's always an interesting qualifying (session) here in Toronto. We have a good car and it seems a lot like last year. On Friday PT (Paul Tracy) was fastest and we were second quick and then on Saturday I took the pole so hopefully we can do that again. Traffic was dense on the track and we didn't get the best out of the McDonald's car today."
Will be his third race here. Won from pole here last year after leading 75 laps and setting the fastest race lap. Started sixth and finished fourth in rookie season. Ranked second in the point standings with 127 to Paul Tracy's 129.
Oriol Servia, No. 2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:
"The PacifiCare car was good in the practice session but we had a fuel pump problem and didn't run much. In qualifying, we had a puncture since the beginning of qualifying and didn't know it. Our plan was to run only one set in qualifying so we would have three for tomorrow and we realized we had a puncture too late in the session to get the most out of another set it we changed our plan and ran both. It was weird; I was locking the right front and I couldn't figure out why and it was because of the puncture in the left front. My head was like 'What's going on here.' Now my mind doesn't know how the car would have been so it's hard to say what changes to make to improve the car. That's why, at the end of the session, we almost put on the other set of tires just so we could see how the car was but we only had four minutes left so we decided not to. We'll try again tomorrow and try to put the PacifiCare car up front in qualifying."
Will be his fifth race here. His highest finish here of fifth place and his highest start of eighth place both came in 2003. Started 10th and finished 9th in 2004; started eighth and finished fifth in 2003; did not compete here in 2002;started 11th and finished 23rd in 2001; started 11th and finished 11th in 2000. Is ranked seventh in the standings with 79 points to leader Tracy's 128 (-49).
NEWMAN/HAAS RACING FACTS:
NHR has won SEVEN races at this track (Bourdais 2004; da Matta 2002; Michael Andretti 2000, 1995, 1992, 1991, 1989) and THREE poles (Bourdais 2004, da Matta 2002, Mi. Andretti 1991). They have earned a total of 14 podium finishes (2nd Mi. Andretti 1998, Ma. Andretti 1991, Mi. Andretti 1990; 3rd Junqueira 2003, Fittipaldi 2002 & 1999, Ma. Andretti 1986). 2004 IN TORONTO: Bourdais won from pole and set the fastest race lap and Junqueira started third but made contact with Mario Dominguez on the first lap. With 84 wins, 87 pole positions and 208 podium finishes since their first season of 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 122 open-wheel wins and is in their 38th season while NHR has earned 84 and is in their 23rd. During the years that NHR has been in existence (1983-current) MTP has earned 85 while NHR has earned 84. 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.