CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Newman/Haas Racing Friday report

Mcdonald's Driver Bourdais Second Fastest In Provisional Qualifying For The Grand Prix Of Denver Sponsored By Bridgestone; Hole In The Wall Camps Driver Junqueira Fifth Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The ...

Mcdonald's Driver Bourdais Second Fastest In Provisional Qualifying For The Grand Prix Of Denver Sponsored By Bridgestone; Hole In The Wall Camps Driver Junqueira Fifth

Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The McDonald's car was pretty good. Unfortunately I caught Dan Clarke on a better lap. We'll see tomorrow if we can have better fortune. So far I'm pretty happy with the car, just need to do a little tuning here and there. Hopefully tomorrow we can put things together. It's been obviously a quite busy session with a lot of red flags. When we got a chance to get going, it really was only time to do one run or do a very short first run, and then a second one. That was kind of gambling because obviously then if you get a red flag on your second run, you're really looking stupid and you didn't even put a lap together. We just try to play it safe, especially if it rains tomorrow, which is like a 20, 30 percent chance. We'll see."

- FAST FACTS: Will his fourth race here. Started second here in 2005 and capitalized on a mistake by leader Paul Tracy to take the lead and win the event after having set the fastest race lap and leading a total of 38 laps. The win increased his lead to 53 points over second place in the standings. Started from pole here in 2004 but he and teammate Junqueira made contact on the opening lap and he dropped to 15th place. Charged back and led the final 11 laps to win what he considers the best race of his career...Started third and finished second to teammate Junqueira in 2003...Currently leads the series point standings with 255 points to Justin Wilson's 224...Will attempt to become the first open wheel driver to win three consecutive championships since Ted Horn did so from 1946-1948.

Bruno Junqueira, No. 2 Hole in the Wall Camps Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "On my ideal lap I might have been able to get P2 (position two) or P3 but I made some small mistakes and lost some time. We're going to keep working to improve the car and try to better our position tomorrow. It's great to be back in Denver."

- FAST FACTS: Will be his be his fourth race here. Missed the 2005 event due to injury sustained in the Indy 500. Started second in 2004 and made contact with Bourdais at the start. Led 39 laps but finished third. Won from pole in 2002 and 2003 -- one with Ganassi Racing (2002) and one with NHR (2003). Led all 100 laps in 2002 and 76 of 100 in 2003...Is ranked 12th in the point standings with 112 points.

-credit: Newman/Haas Racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Bruno Junqueira , Paul Tracy , Sébastien Bourdais , Dan Clarke
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing