LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. (November 5, 2002) --- Four time CART Championship team Newman/Haas Racing announced today that Brazilian driver Bruno Junqueira has been named to drive for the team beginning in 2003.
"Paul (Newman) and I were very impressed with Bruno's ability," said Carl A. Haas, co-owner of Newman/Haas Racing. "We think he can win many races for us and we are looking forward to the season ahead."
In only his second season of CART competition, Junqueira, 25, is currently ranked second the 2002 CART FedEx Championship standings. In 2002, he won the top starting spot on the short oval track in Japan, the road course in Elkhart Lake, Wis. and the street race in Denver as well as won races in Japan and Denver. In his rookie season in the series in 2001, he won one race and one pole position and finished second to Scott Dixon for 2001 Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year. He won the 2000 FIA International F3000 Championship as well as the 1997 South American F3 Championship and was a test driver for the Williams Formula One race team in 2000.
"I'm happy to join Newman/Haas Racing," said Junqueira. "They have been the team to beat all season long and they have worked hard to win the Championship. They have won many races and four Championships over the years and they are one of the most experienced teams. I'm looking forward to driving for Newman/Haas Racing."
Junqueira's name will be added to a list of current and previous team drivers such as Christian Fittipaldi and Cristiano da Matta, Mario Andretti (1983-1994), Michael Andretti (1989-1992, 1995-2000), Nigel Mansell (1993-1994) and Paul Tracy (1995).
Newman/Haas Racing, owned by actor/race car driver Paul Newman and racing entrepreneur Carl A. Haas is in their 20th season of CART competition and is the most successful active competitor with 68 race wins and 70 pole positions. For more information log on to www.newman-haas.com or www.cart.com.