Junqueira completed his first test day with Newman/Haas Racing as well as his first time behind the wheel of a Ford-powered Champ Car in preparation for The Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season. SEBRING, Fla.
Junqueira completed his first test day with Newman/Haas Racing as well as his first time behind the wheel of a Ford-powered Champ Car in preparation for The Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season.
SEBRING, Fla. (January 10, 2003) --- Brazilian Bruno Junqueira participated in his first test day with Newman/Haas Racing yesterday at the 1.65-mile road course at Sebring International Raceway at was able to complete more than 250 trouble-free miles in the new Lilly Ford/Cosworth-Lola-Bridgestone package that the team will prepare for the 2003 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season.
"For my first day of on-track running with the team, we were able to accomplish a lot," said Junqueira. "It's hard to compare your progress when there is only one other car on track but the day went smoothly. The track seemed to slow down from the previous day but we will run again on Friday and continue to make progress. I didn't notice much of a difference with the reduced horsepower. The driveability of the 2003 package was good. Today was just the first of many test days with the team and I am looking forward to more time with everyone before the season starts. Newman/Haas Racing is obviously the team to beat this season and I'm looking forward to the challenge."
Junqueira will begin his third season in the Championship Auto Racing Team's (CART) premier series in 2003 and first at NHR. Junqueira was the runner-up in the 2002 CART Championship to NHR driver and fellow Belo Horizonte, Brazil native Cristiano da Matta after winning races in Japan and Denver, finishing on the podium six times and earning four pole positions.
"To be able to complete as many miles as we did on our first day with Bruno was quite an accomplishment considering we also had to get a new driver comfortable in the cockpit," said Brian Lisles, General Manager of Newman/Haas Racing. "He has been working well with our engineers and crew. Everyone is excited to be working towards the new season and hopefully carrying over our success from last year."
Junqueira will complete his first test with the test on Friday, January 10. The next scheduled test for Newman/Haas Racing will take place at the Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca road course January 25-27.
Newman/Haas Racing, owned by actor/race car driver Paul Newman and racing entrepreneur Carl A. Haas, is the most successful team competing in the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford racing series sanctioned by Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART). The team will begin their 21st season in CART in 2003 and will attempt to score their first back-to-back CART title as well as their fifth overall after winning 68 races and 70 pole positions. Current drivers Bruno Junqueira and (tbd), were preceded at the team by Mario and Michael Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Paul Tracy, Christian Fittipaldi and reigning 2002 CART Champion Cristiano da Matta. For more information log on to www.newman-haas.com or www.cart.com.