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Despite bounce, Bourdais on pole

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published August 27, 2006


MONTREAL - Sebastien Bourdais captured his third straight pole at the Champ Car Montreal Grand Prix on Saturday in his bid to become the first driver in 58 years to win three consecutive American open-wheel championships.

The Frenchman, who lives in St. Petersburg, outdueled A.J. Allmen-dinger to win his seventh pole in 11 tries this season and 25th of his career. Bourdais' Newman/Haas Lola had to be repaired after a broken front wing sent him headlong into a tire barrier during morning practice.

"There was quite a bit of damage, but the guys fix it and the car was great," Bourdais said. "It was like nothing had happened."

It was the second straight day Bourdais overcame a crash to post a fast lap. He made a mistake and hit the wall in Friday's qualifying, but clocked the day's fastest speed anyway.

By leading both qualifying sessions on the 2.709-mile road course, Bourdais added two points to his lead. He is 34 ahead of Allmendinger and 37 in front of Justin Wilson as he tries to match Ted Horn, who won three straight titles in the AAA circuit (the forerunner to both IRL and Champ Car) in 1946-48.

INDYCAR: Scott Dixon earned the pole for today's Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma (Calif.), a boost as he tries to stay in the title hunt.

Dixon covered the 2.26-mile road course at 107.484 mph, edging rookie Marco Andretti (107.417) for the top spot.

Sam Hornish leads Penske Racing teammate Helio Castroneves by seven points in the standings. Hornish tops the chart with 418 points to his teammate's 411. Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Dan Wheldon and Dixon have 394 and 385, followed by Vitor Meira at 348 and Tony Kanaan at 339.

FORMULA ONE: Two Ferraris will again be on the front row, but this time the pole-sitter is Felipe Massa - not Michael Schumacher.

Massa gained his first career pole, surprising his teammate and seven-time world champion in qualifying for today's Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul. Massa finished in 1 minute, 26.907 seconds on the 3.32-mile circuit. Schumacher took second ahead of Fernando Alonso of Renault, who Schumacher trails by 10 points in the title race.

MOTORCYCLES: Jeff Ward won two races to finish the weekend with three victories in four events in the AMA Fay Myers Suzuki Supermoto Classic in Denver.