Toronto, Canada (Sports Network) - Sebastien Bourdais won Friday's Champ Car provisional qualifying session for the Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto on the city streets. The No.1 Newman/Haas/Lanigan driver circled the 1.755-mile, 11-turn temporary street course in 58.783 seconds (107.480 m.p.h.).
The provisional pole win earned the Frenchman one championship point and a guaranteed position on the front row. The three-time series champion has never finished lower than fifth in four starts, which includes a win in 2004.
Veteran Oriol Servia was second quickest at 58.801 seconds. Justin Wilson (59.099), Robert Doornbos (59.132) and Dan Clarke (59.288) completed the top- five.
Doornbos is finally getting to show what he can do when he gets in a competitive car.
The Rotterdam native never really got that chance when he drove for the non- competitive Formula One Minardi team in 2005 and Red Bull Racing in 2006. In 11 starts his best finish was 12th in 2006 at both China and Brazil.
Now with Minardi Team USA he has begun to show his talent. He opened his rookie Champ Car Series campaign with a second place at Las Vegas. Following his only bad outing at Long Beach (13th), Doornbos has found himself on the podium four consecutive times, including a win last week at Mont-Tremblant.
The second qualifying session is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. (et) and race is set to drop the green flag on Sunday at 1 p.m.