VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Paul Tracy's day-old lap was
good enough to retain pole position after final qualifying for
Sunday's Molson Indy Vancouver.
The Toronto driver's top time from Friday -- one minute, 00.87
seconds -- went unchallenged in Saturday's qualifying session.
Tracy's Forsythe Racing teammate Rodolfo Lavin of Mexico posted
the fastest time Saturday -- 1:00.98 -- to join Tracy on the front
row for the race.
The fastest driver in each qualifying round is guaranteed a
front-row grid position.
"I feel great!'' said Lavin after getting a hug and slap on the
back from Tracy.
"We struggled (Friday) quite a bit and we didn't do any laps in
the first practice. But we worked really, really hard overnight and
it just felt great this morning,'' he said. "I'm just really,
really happy to starting on the front row for the first time.''
Lavin, currently 15th in the Champ Car World Series standings,
joined Forsythe this season after his rookie debut with Walker
Racing last year, when he finished 18th in the points.
"I think we are showing what we can do with a good car, with
good team,'' he said. "I think this is only just the beginning of
Tracy and Lavin earn a championship point for their top
Series leader Sebastien Bourdais of France qualified third with
his Friday time of 1:00.974 to anchor the second row Sunday for
Newman Haas Racing. Mexico's Mario Dominguez posted a 1:01.68 time
Saturday to finish fourth.
Bourdais, dominating in his second year in the series with four
victories, including the last three races, said he felt lucky his
time held up.
"We could have set a track record if not for the red flags we
had,'' he said.
American Memo Gidley finished fifth, then sped away from the
track to catch a helicopter ride to Portland, Ore., where he was to
race in a Speed World Challenge Touring Car event less than two
Tracy, the reigning Champ Car titleholder, won Vancouver from
the pole last year. He's currently running fourth in the series.