CHAMPCAR/CART: Toyota Motegi qualifying notes

JUNQUEIRA TOP TOYOTA QUALIFIER FOR SECOND STRAIGHT RACE - Bruno Junqueira (Target Toyota) won his first career pole position at the previous CART race at Nazareth and followed that up as the highest qualifying Toyota today at Motegi by qualifying...

JUNQUEIRA TOP TOYOTA QUALIFIER FOR SECOND STRAIGHT RACE - Bruno Junqueira (Target Toyota) won his first career pole position at the previous CART race at Nazareth and followed that up as the highest qualifying Toyota today at Motegi by qualifying fifth for Saturday's Firestone Firehawk 500.

OVAL QUALIFYING RUNS - After never having qualified for an oval event in his life, today's qualifying run was Bruno Junqueira's third on an oval in the past three weeks as the rookie was not only the top qualifying Toyota for the past two CART events, but also qualified for his first Indianapolis 500 by lapping at more than a 224 mph average.

DA MATTA STREAK SNAPPED AT THREE - After qualifying 12th today, Cristiano da Matta (Texaco/Havoline Toyota) saw his streak of qualifying in the top 10 for each FedEx Championship Series race snapped at three. Da Matta earlier placed second at Monterrey, Mexico, fourth at Long Beach and ninth at Nazareth.

<pre> Toyota Drivers Motegi Qualifying

Place    Driver
5.          Bruno Junqueira
12.     Cristiano da Matta
14.     Christian Fittipaldi
15.     Nicolas Minassian
20.     Scott Dixon
21.     Jimmy Vasser
23.     Roberto Moreno
24.     Tora Takagi
25.     Mauricio Gugelmin

-TRD

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Bruno Junqueira , Nicolas Minassian , Roberto Moreno , Christian Fittipaldi , Scott Dixon , Mauricio Gugelmin , Tora Takagi , Cristiano da Matta