CHAMPCAR/CART: Toytota, Juan Montoya take Detroit pole

Juan Montoya won his fourth pole of the season today in qualifying for tomorrow's Tenneco Automotive Detroit Grand Prix. The pole position is the fifth for a Toyota-powered car in the last eight FedEx Championship Series races. Today's...

Juan Montoya won his fourth pole of the season today in qualifying for tomorrow's Tenneco Automotive Detroit Grand Prix. The pole position is the fifth for a Toyota-powered car in the last eight FedEx Championship Series races.

Today's pole is the first on a road course by a Toyota-powered car. Each of the previous four top qualifying efforts have come on ovals.

A Toyota-powered car has qualified on the pole in each of the last eight Champ Car races. To date, Toyota has earned seven front row starting spots this season, the most in the series this season.

Toyota driver Juan Montoya has qualified on the front row in six of seven races this season. Ironically, it was Target Toyota teammate Jimmy Vasser that nudged out Montoya for the front row at Long Beach resulting in a third-place starting position for the Colombian.

With Juan Montoya starting from the pole position in tomorrow's Tenneco Automotive Detroit Grand Prix, he'll be in great position to extend his series-high total for laps led. Montoya has led 482 laps this season -- almost three times greater than the next closest driver (Gil de Ferran, 139). Montoya has led 48.6 percent of all CART laps run this season. Montoya's domination goes even deeper over the past three races where he's led 70.8 percent of the laps run (461 of 651).

Juan Montoya gained one point by winning the pole position today, breaking a fourth-place tie with Michael Andretti in the FedEx Championship Series points chase.

With the point for the pole position, Montoya and Toyota each have earned seven of the 13 bonus points awarded by CART for pole position (4 of 7) and race laps led (3 of 6).

Cristiano da Matta qualified sixth today - his best qualifying effort of the season and matching his best FedEx Championship Series qualifying to date. The second-year Champ Car driver also qualified sixth a year ago at Miami. He had five top-10 qualifying performances as a rookie last season.

Toyota Detroit Qualifying:      

#1 Juan Montoya 1st
#97 Cristiano da Matta 6th
#96 Oriol Servia 11th
#12 Jimmy Vasser 18th
#10 Norberto Fontana 21st

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Oriol Servia , Norberto Fontana , Cristiano da Matta