Bourdais draws IROC pole

Champ Car World Series champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his first ever stock car racing start from pole position - having picked the number one spot in the qualifying draw for the first round of the International Race of Champions series at Daytona

Bourdais draws IROC pole

Bourdais will line-up alongside reigning NASCAR champion Kurt Busch, with Grand-Am co-champion Max Papis and NASCAR Busch Series champion Martin Truex Jr on row two.

"I hope it's not (pole)," said Bourdais as he made his draw. "I'm very happy to be invited to represent Champ Car in the IROC series. It's all new to me, and like everybody, I want to do well. The spotlight is now going to be on me and I don't want to look ridiculous."

The IROC series has been criticised for the preponderance of NASCAR drivers in its 12-car line-up in recent years, but the balance of stock car, open wheel, sportscar and international racing stars in the 2005 field has been widely welcomed.

"It's really great to be back in IROC again," said Grand-Am co-champion Scott Pruett, who starts seventh. "I've always enjoyed the level of competition and challenge that IROC offers, and it's truly an honour for a driver anytime you get an opportunity to run in this series.

"It's an exciting line up of drivers, the cars drive better than ever, and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to get out there and mix it up with everyone this year."

The four-round championship kicks off with an evening race at Daytona this Friday.



Sebastien Bourdais
Kurt Busch
Max Papis
Martin Truex Jr
Buddy Rice
Helio Castroneves
Scott Pruett
Bobby Hamilton
Danny Lasoski
Matt Kenseth
Mark Martin
Steve Kinser

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