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Bourdais on pole for GP of Road America

Aug. 7, 2004 at 4:42 PM

ELKHART LAKE, Wis., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais claimed the pole Saturday for Sunday's Grand Prix of Road America.

Bourdais circled the 4.048-mile road course in one minute, 43.046 seconds. It was his fourth pole win of the season and ninth of his Champ Car career.

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Starting on the front row with Bourdais will be provisional pole winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, who posted a time of 1:43.909 on Friday. Jimmy Vasser (4:43.374) and Bourdais' teammate Bruno Junqueira (1:43.606) will start in the second row.

Bourdais leads the championship through the first seven events. He holds a 28-point margin over teammate Junqueira (186-159). Defending series champion Paul Tracy (142) is third following his win two weeks ago at Vancouver.

Tracy ended the session by crashing into a tire wall with three minutes remaining. The red flag cost the Canadian his fastest lap, but he will still begin sixth in the 18-car field.

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