CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver: Lola Friday report

Tracy bags another point in Vancouver Earns provisional pole for 2nd Canadian race Paul Tracy had to wait seven minutes to take provisional pole in his ...

Tracy bags another point in Vancouver
Earns provisional pole for 2nd Canadian race

Paul Tracy had to wait seven minutes to take provisional pole in his #3 Team Player's Lola/Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone Champ Car for Sunday's Molson Indy Vancouver, as both Newman/Haas teammates tried to usurp his quick lap of 61.706 seconds (103.906mph) around the 1.781-mile Concord Pacific Place street course. Of his 8th front row start in 11 races, Tracy said "We have a good Lola setup from last year and it's important to set fast time Friday. Now we can concentrate on race setups" for the 100-lap contest, "save tires or attack."

Bruno Junqueira edged into second in the #1 PacifiCare Lola, turning 61.845 seconds (103.672mph) on his final time by the flags and "couldn't get a clear lap. The car is really good. I think I have a shot at pole." Rookie Sebastien Bourdais spent the day finding his way around and was "pretty happy with the car," culminating in a third-place run in the #2 Lilly Lola of 61.921 seconds (103.545mph). Ten drivers finished time trials with speeds within one second of the leader; nine of those ten drive with Lola cars beneath them.

Alex Tagliani had practiced third and muscled his #33 Johnson Controls Lola to fourth qualifying place at 62.032 seconds (103.360mph). "I know I have a podium car," Tag declared. Oriol Servia and the #20 Visteon Lola team bagged fifth place at 62.103 seconds (103.241mph) and remarked, "I don't think we have a lot way to go; we just need to fine-tune." 2001 Vancouver winner Roberto Moreno turned a lap of 62.216 seconds (103.054mph) in his #4 Herdez Lola shortly after the sole red flag ended and the entire 19-car entry went out for the final 12 minutes of qualifying. It was good for sixth and Moreno was "very pleased with the development we've done today." Seventh went to Darren Manning.

Despite nearly running out of methanol with six minutes remaining, Patrick Carpentier returned to qualify seventh after adding front wing and new rubber in his #32 Team Player's Lola. The #9 Gigante Lola of Michel Jourdain Jr. took ninth and the Mexican declared, "The name of the game is getting a clear lap." Adrian Fernandez rounded out the top ten in his #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Lola.

Following today's clouds, both Saturday and Sunday are expected to be sunny with highs in the 80-degree range. Tomorrow's vital final qualifying will be televised live by Speed TV at 4:30PM EDT.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Bruno Junqueira , Adrian Fernandez , Roberto Moreno , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Sébastien Bourdais