SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS DRIVES TO 28TH CAREER CHAMP CAR POLE POSITION Last lap dash gives the Frenchman his third pole of 2007 and his third pole in last four Toronto events Today's qualifying session at the Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto was a...
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS DRIVES TO 28TH CAREER CHAMP CAR POLE POSITION
Last lap dash gives the Frenchman his third pole of 2007 and his third pole in last four Toronto events
Today's qualifying session at the Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto was a battle of series giants as Sebastien Bourdais (#1 McDonald's Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone) and Justin Wilson (#9 CDW Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone) traded the top spot three times in the final minutes with the three-time Series champion coming out on top. Yesterday Bourdais claimed the provisional pole by just two-one-hundredths of a second and today the margin was even tighter as just one-one hundredth of a second separated Bourdais and Wilson when the checkered flag flew.
Bourdais lapped the 1.755-mile temporary street course in 58.288 seconds (108.393 mph) to earn his third pole of the season. On his final lap, Wilson knew he had a time to beat but the Brit pushed too hard in Turn 6 and brushed the wall. The contact didn't damage his CDW car, but it did ruin his last chance to claim the pole position. Wilson was forced to settle with a best lap at 58.299 seconds (108.372 mph) which was good enough to give him his second front row start of the season.
Starting third is Forsythe Championship Racing's Oriol Servia (#7 Indeck Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone) who posted his best qualifying effort of the season with a lap at 58.661 seconds (107.704 mph). Joining Servia in the second row is Team Australia rookie Simon Pagenaud (#15 Aussie Vineyards Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone) who recorded a best lap at 58.664 seconds (107.698 mph).
Bruno Junqueira (#19 Sonny's Bar-B-Q Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone) is also making his best start of the season lining up in the fifth spot, just inside of Canadian Alex Tagliani (Tide@Wal-Mart Victory Lap Charity Program Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone). Row four features Will Power (#5 Aussie Vineyards Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone) and Jan Heylen (Champ Car Grand Prix of Belgium Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone) who qualified seventh and eighth respectively. The eighth place start is Heylen's best career Champ Car start.
Rounding out the top-10 are Rookie Neel Jani (#21 Red Bull-Gulfstream Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone) who will start ninth and Toronto native Paul Tracy (#3 Indeck Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone) who will line up tenth.
The qualifying session was only slowed once by a red flag as Katherine Legge (#11 Dale Coyne Racing Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone) made contact with the Turn 1 wall early in the session. Legge was the only driver not to improve her time from Friday.
The Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto will begin at 1:00 p.m. Eastern on Sunday. The race can be seen live on ESPN in the United States and Global in Canada. Fans can also follow all of the action via the official website of the Champ Car World Series, www.champcar.ws.
QUOTES FROM THE TOP THREE STARTERS
Sebastien Bourdais: "It didn't look obvious we're going to be able to grab this one. But the team did a fantastic job. I'm really, really pleased. I think we have a good car. We're going to have to stay on our toes and keep working hard 'cause it's not automatic, that's for sure. The McDonald's team is very, very happy, though, and we'll try to do the best job we can for tomorrow."
Justin Wilson: "Obviously I thought we had it for a minute, and then they came on the radio and told me Sebastien's time. I knew what mine was. Okay, I'm up again. I got the lap going. I just got carried away at turn six. As I went back to throttle, it pushed out and hit the wall. You know, pretty happy but also disappointed. Looking forward to tomorrow and see if we can do well for CDW and all our sponsors."
Oriol Servia #7 INDECK Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone (Qualified 3rd) -- "I am very happy with the performance of the car. We're solid there in the top three, top four all weekend. I think yesterday maybe we had a better car compared to the rest, and everybody kind of caught up. So we have to put the engineers to work tonight and give me again as good of a car as I had yesterday."