Tracy Claims Pole and Record at Long Beach

Forsythe driver Paul Tracy set a new track record at Long Beach, also claiming pole position ahead of tomorrow's Toyota Grand Prix. This is Tracy's 23rd career pole

Tracy Claims Pole and Record at Long Beach

Tracy set a time of 1:07.485 - just 0.009 faster than Gil de Ferran's record, set in 2000.

Tracy, who was second fastest in the first qualifying session yesterday, was able to go one better in today's session, while Newman-Haas' provisional pole sitter Bruno Junqueira was demoted to second place, with a lap of 1:07.644.

Tracy's teammate Mario Dominguez will start from third position, while Junquiera's teammate Sebastien Bourdais will start from fourth.

For Bourdais, the defending series champion, this result halts a streak of fifteen races which he started in the top three positions.

Further below, series rookie Timo Glock impressed with a sixth fastest lap for Rocketsports. He will start tomorrow's race alongside Justin Wilson, who qualified fifth for RuSport.

Returning former champion Cristiano da Matta was able to improve upon his 11th position from yesterday's qualifying, and he will start tomorrow's race in eighth place, alongside Alex Tagliani for Team Australia.

Rounding up the top ten, HVM's Dane rookie set the ninth fastest time, while AJ Allmendinger stands in 10th for RuSport.

Results of second qualifying for the Toyota Grand Prix at Long Beach:

Pos Driver Team Time 1. Paul Tracy Forsythe 1:07.485 2. Bruno Junqueira Newman Haas 1:07.644 + 0.159 3. Mario Dominguez Forsythe 1:07.803 + 0.318 4. Sebastien Bourdais Newman Haas 1:07.821 + 0.336 5. Justin Wilson RuSport 1:07.919 + 0.434 6. Timo Glock Rocketsports 1:08.274 + 0.789 7. Alex Tagliani Team Australia 1:08.466 + 0.981 8. Cristiano da Matta PKV 1:08.493 + 1.008 9. Ronnie Bremer HVM 1:08.613 + 1.128 10. A.J. Allmendinger RuSport 1:08.638 + 1.153 11. Jimmy Vasser PKV 1:08.770 + 1.285 12. Ryan Hunter-Reay Rocketsports 1:08.792 + 1.307 13. Bjorn Wirdheim HVM 1:08.834 + 1.349 14. Oriol Servia Dale Coyne 1:08.928 + 1.443 15. Nelson Philippe Conquest 1:09.334 + 1.849 16. Andrew Ranger Conquest 1:09.416 + 1.931 17. Marcus Marshall Team Australia 1:09.784 + 2.299 18. Ricardo Sperafico Dale Coyne 1:09.879 + 2.394 19. Fabrizio Del Monte Jensen 1:11.723 + 4.238 
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