San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Justin Wilson had the pole with three minutes left in the session, then lost his spot when Oriol Servia posted a quicker time, but the former Formula One driver responded with the quickest lap of the weekend to win Saturday's qualifying session for the San Jose Grand Prix. The No.9 Rsports driver circled the 1.448-mile, 11-turn, temporary circuit in 49.039 seconds (105.932 m.p.h.).
The pole win was Wilson's second of the season and sixth of his Champ Car career.
Starting alongside Wilson will be Friday's provisional qualifying winner Sebastien Bourdais.
Dan Clarke (49.092) and Servia (49.106) will make up row two.
Bourdais, the three-time series champion, has a 20-points lead on "rookie" Robert Doornbos. Doornbos is a former F1 driver for Minardi (2005) and Red Bull (2006) which were not really competitive against the giant teams of F1 like Ferrari and McLaren. But the team came to that realization and made the move across the Atlantic Ocean to Champ Cars.
Doornbos is finally getting to show what he can do when he gets in a competitive car. He opened his rookie Champ Car Series campaign with a second place finish at Las Vegas. Following his only bad outing at Long Beach (13th), Doornbos put himself on the podium four consecutive times including a win at Mont-Tremblant. He was on his way to another top-10 result last week when Alex Tagliani took him out in a late-race incident. Doornbos has earned six top-10s in eight starts, but will start a disappointing 15th.
Behind Doornbos is Will Power (-25) and Wilson (-29). Both are still very much in the championship race.
The race set to drop the green flag on Sunday at 6 p.m.