SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS TAKES GRAND PRIX OF DENVER POLE
 
 

DENVER(August 12, 2006) - The Grand Prix of Denver Sponsored has been the private playground of Newman/Haas Racing over the last four years as the Illinois-based team has won in each of its last three starts in Denver, winning two of those races from the Bridgestone Pole Position. Things were no different on a cloudy Saturday in the Mile High City as NHR star Sebastien Bourdais used a dominant performance to earn his sixth Bridgestone Pole Position by setting a track record around Denver's street circuit.

Bourdais needed just three laps to assume the pole, seemingly put it out of reach on his sixth pass, then cemented himself in the top spot with a new circuit standard of 59.096 seconds (100.941 mph) on his 15th and final lap of the day. The pole was the sixth of the year for the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford points leader and the 24th of his four-year series career. The pole win also gave Bourdais another championship point, widening his series lead to 32 over second-placed Justin Wilson. Bourdais will be joined in the front row by first-round qualifying leader A.J. Allmendinger.