MCDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS COMPLETED 2005 TEST PROGRAM FOR NEWMAN/HAAS RACING
LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. (September 14, 2005) -- McDonald's Champ Car driver Sebastien Bourdais completed the final test of the 2005 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series season for Newman/Haas Racing yesterday at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. During the two-day test on the 4.048-mile road course that began on Monday, September 12, Bourdais completed over 500 trouble-free miles.
"We learned a few things at the test which is always the goal," said Bourdais who currently lead the Champ Car point standings with a 61-point advantage over his teammate PacifiCare driver Oriol Servia who resides in second place after 10 of 14 races. "Now we are completely focused on getting the best results for the McDonald's and PacifiCare teams at the last four races. The challenges are diverse since the last four races will be a combination of one Superspeedway, one road course and two street races, one of which we have never competed on. We are going to take each challenge one at a time and try to bring the team their second one-two finish in the championship."
Since the most recent Champ Car race -- the Molson Indy Montreal on August 28 -- where Servia earned his first series victory, Newman/Haas Racing has used the downtime to test in South Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin. They are currently preparing to defend their 2004 one-two finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway where the series will compete next before the final three races of the season in Ansan, South Korea, Surfer's Paradise, Australia and Mexico City.