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Bourdais wins provisional pole at Road America
Elkhart Lake, WI (Sports Network) - Sebastien Bourdais captured the provisional pole for Sunday's Generac Grand Prix at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI. The No.1 Newman/Haas/Lanigan driver circled the historic 4.048-mile road course in one minute, 42.385 seconds to take the top spot.
The pole victory guarantees Bourdais a starting spot on the front row and one championship point.
Behind the Frenchman were Will Power (1:43.116), Neel Jani (1:43.417), Dan Clarke (1:43.439) and Justin Wilson (1:43.525).
"Road America is a high-speed track, more what I'm used to in Europe," said former Formula One driver Robert Doornbos. "You sort of have to shift your mind set, just as you'd change the setup on your car after racing on a street course. For one thing, there is so much more speed around the turns compared with the street circuits that you have to be much more delicate and precise with the car. We did well at the test earlier this year, and I can't wait to get back there."
With seven races left in the series, Bourdais, who just announced that he would leave the series to drive for Formula One's Toro Rosso in 2008, is on track to win his fourth consecutive series championship. The Frenchman used a win at Edmonton to reclaim the top spot and a fifth-place two weeks ago to maintain his lead. It is where Bourdais always expects to be. In 68 races, Bourdais has been the points leader for 42 of them.
However, Bourdais will bring just an 11-point lead over "rookie" Doornbos into this week's race at Road America. Doornbos cut the lead in half with a win at San Jose.
The second qualifying session is set for Saturday at 3 p.m. (et) and the race is scheduled to drop the green flag on Sunday at 3 p.m.
08/10 19:31:58 ET
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