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

HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER JUNQUEIRA TO START SECOND IN THE CHAMP CAR GRAND PRIX OF HOUSTON; McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS TO START FIFTH Bruno Junqueira, No. 2 Hole in the Wall Camps Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It was good. On the first...

HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER JUNQUEIRA TO START SECOND IN THE CHAMP CAR GRAND PRIX OF HOUSTON; McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS TO START FIFTH

Bruno Junqueira, No. 2 Hole in the Wall Camps Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It was good. On the first set of tires, the soft tires, I did an okay lap, 58.9. At that time I was on the pole. Then the next lap was really, really good. Not as good as Mario's standard, but maybe 58.5, 58.4 but I brushed the wall out of turn five. I went out, but the car still did not feel that good on the other set (of tires) and I realized that I never could match 58.0. I had a front row guaranteed, so I stopped. I think Mario did a very good job today. It looks like the Forsythe team stepped up today and the Newman/Haas team needs to improve for the race tomorrow. I had a front row spot guaranteed. I could take a gamble when there were not many cars on the track. Especially on my first run, I didn't get much traffic. It was a clear run, apart of my brush with the wall. But the second run, I got traffic all the way till the end. The car wasn't that good, so I pit earlier.

"I think it's going to be a really hard start. I think turn one is really slow, maybe the slowest turn one of the championship. It's going to be the hardest braking. It's very narrow. You just can fit one car. Plus the wall goes like this, so we're going to make it even tighter. I think if everybody put their head down and just wait a little bit, you can get through it."

Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The McDonald's car was the quickest in every session so I don't know what happened in final qualifying. We put the option tires on for the first time in qualifying and the car was all over the place so we went back on regular tires and the car was just okay. Then I got in traffic and got frustrated. We'll check everything on the car and make sure the tire pressures weren't affected by sitting out before we put them back on. Maybe we should have made a pressure change. Here anything car happen in the race. We'll see how it unfolds. As far as I'm concerned I'd just like to see the checkered flag. We'll just keep our noses clean, be patient and see if the race comes to us."

ON THE SCHEDULE TOMORROW: The race warmup will take place from 4:30-4:30 PM CT while the 100-lap Champ Car Grand Prix of Houston race will begin at 8:00 PM CT.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Sébastien Bourdais