Sunday, October 12, 2003

Tracy remains on pole for Mexico Grand Prix

Open-wheel roundup

The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY - Rookie Tiago Monteiro topped the second day of qualifying for today's Mexico Grand Prix to join polesitter Paul Tracy on the front row of the race.

None of the 20 drivers was able to beat Tracy's performance from Friday: a 112.893 mph average speed around the 2.786-mile Hermanos Rodriguez circuit in Mexico City.

Monteiro, running for Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing, averaged 112.639 mph Saturday, bumping Tracy's rival for the series crown, Bruno Junqueira, to the second row.

Rookie of the Year leader Sebastian Bourdais joined Junqueira on the second row.

Moving up to the third row were rookies Ryan Hunter-Reay and David Manning.

FORMULA ONE: Michael Schumacher will start from the seventh row and Kimi Raikkonen will be in the fourth when the two race for the Formula One title in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Schumacher leads Raikkonen 92-83 in the overall standings and will be bidding for a sixth world driving title today.

The only way the German can lose the title is if Raikkonen wins the race and Schumacher fails to score a point - either by not finishing, or finishing worse than eighth.

Schumacher has won the Japanese Grand Prix five times and come in second three times. He is seeking his fourth consecutive Formula One title with Ferrari. He also won with Benetton in 1994 and 1995.

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