CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: Newman/Haas Racing Saturday report

McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS TO START SECOND FOR THE GRAN PREMIO TELMEX POR BANAMEX SEASON FINALE; HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER JUNQUEIRA THIRD Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I don't know what happened. ...

McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS TO START SECOND FOR THE GRAN PREMIO TELMEX POR BANAMEX SEASON FINALE; HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER JUNQUEIRA THIRD

Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"I don't know what happened. The McDonald's car was really, really well balanced on the first run. I felt very comfortable so I'm a little disappointed. We made a change to anticipate the understeer that builds up between the first and second run but something must have happened to the car because we picked up a huge understeer. It just wasn't meant to be. We'll just continue to work on our race setup and try to win from second place tomorrow. Congratulations to Justin. He's done a good job. Hopefully I can give him a good run tomorrow."

- FAST FACTS: Will be his fourth race here. In 2005, started third but had a problem with the ECU and had to pit early where he had a troubled stop and later retired in 17th after contact with Cristiano da Matta. Started from pole in 2004, set the fastest race lap and led all 63 laps to win the race and championship but not before he overcame a Lap 41/63 mistake where he spun after having built a 17-second lead. Started fourth in 2003 and finished second.... Became the first open wheel driver to win three consecutive championships since Ted Horn accomplished the feat from 1946-1948...Leads the series point standings with an insurmountable advantage (353-285) over second place A.J. Allmendinger.

Bruno Junqueira, No. 2 Hole in the Wall Camps Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"It was a good run today. I think my Newman/Haas car is pretty good here. It has been fast for all the days. In qualifying on the first run, I made a mistake on my second lap. I thought that was the last lap. I was going to do three laps. But I was still P2, very close to Sebastien. I thought I had a shot for the pole. On the red tires, my car built up a little too much understeer. I don't think I could have done much better. I lost my really good lap, like almost 4/10th faster, and I got Tagliani, 25.0, maybe very close to Sebastien, but I think a couple 10ths behind Justin, so well done to Justin. Tomorrow for the race, I'm very excited. I think my car is good. I like this track a lot. I like this crowd here in Mexico City, it's always very good. So I hope I can put a good show here tomorrow. I like the track and have had some good results here. I remember when I was on the pole here that the people that started on the second row were ahead before the braking point to Turn 1 so I hope I can have a good start and get a good finish. I have won a race each year I have been in Champ Car and there is still one I can win so I hope I can do it and continue the streak."

-credit: nhr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Sébastien Bourdais , A.J. Allmendinger , Cristiano da Matta