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

Pacificare Driver Junqueira on provisional pole for Centrix Financial Denver GP - Front Row Start Guaranteed -- aims to earn consecutive poles here; Lilly Driver Bourdais Seventh PROVISIONAL POLE: Bruno Junqueira 1:01.430 / 96.507 mph 7th: ...

Pacificare Driver Junqueira on provisional pole for Centrix Financial Denver GP - Front Row Start Guaranteed -- aims to earn consecutive poles here; Lilly Driver Bourdais Seventh

PROVISIONAL POLE: Bruno Junqueira 1:01.430 / 96.507 mph 7th: Sebastien Bourdais 1:02.262 / 95.230 mph

BRUNO JUNQUEIRA, #1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The PacifiCare car was good today. I love single car qualifying. There are no excuses, no traffic. The biggest difference is that single car qualifying shows who is fast and who is not. I like the results I got here last year and I want to do it again. It's really important for the championship to get any points that are available and it's good for us to be guaranteed a front row start for this race. This is one of the most difficult tracks of the year because the first part of the track is completely different than the second part of the track and you have to make a compromise on the setup. I brought nothing from Ganassi here. I met with the engineers and we decided that the Ganassi cars and the Newman/Haas Racing cars are completely different and that what worked on those cars might not work on theirs. The team worked very hard to improve the car and the PacifiCare car was good today. Let's see if we can hold onto pole tomorrow but for sure it's good to be guaranteed a front row start here. Today was the first step to having a good weekend."

NOTES: It will be his second race hereâ^À¦Won from pole here last year and led all 100 lapsâ^À¦He is currently ranked second in the point standings with 165 to Tracy's 192.

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS, #2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"The car was very loose. We didn't change anything from this morning. The higher temperatures made us have a big oversteer. The whole session didn't go well for us. We didn't have the usual 10-minute warm-up session before qualifying to check the balance. Single car qualifying is great but we should have the 10-minute practice to clean the track and also allow everyone to check the balance of their car to make it fair for everyone. We'll have to improve for tomorrow but it is supposed to rain so it might not help us move up our starting position."

NOTES:

Will be his first race here...He earned four poles (3-road course; 1-oval) and three wins in 14 events so far. (He started in second place in England and fifth in Long Beach.) Has won a total of six bonus points this season (Friday & Saturday in St. Pete; Saturday in Monterrey, Saturday and Sunday in Germany; Friday in Cleveland)â^À¦He is currently ranked 5th in the point standings with 126 points.

TEAM NOTES:

In total the team has earned ONE POLE (Mi. Andretti 1991) and TWO podiums finishes here (3rd da Matta 2002, Mi. Andretti 1991). (The 1991 track configuration was different than the 2002 one.)â^À¦LAST YEAR IN DENVER: NHR's da Matta finished third while Fittipaldi finished fifth.

ON TAP FOR TOMORROW:

The practice session will take place from 10:00-11:15 AM and single-car, final qualifying will begin at 1:45 p.m. SPEED will televise qualifying live beginning at 1:30 p.m. Live audio of the Centrix Financial GP of Denver will begin on Sunday, August 31 at 3:00 p.m. on the official web site of the CART Champ Car World Series. All times Eastern.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Sébastien Bourdais