CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee: Newman/Haas Racing preview

Driver Stats SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS, ...

Driver Stats

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS, #2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

- IN MILWAUKEE: Will be his second race here. Qualifying was rained out in 2003 and the drivers started the race based on practice times. Bourdais started 13th and was forced to pit prior to the start of the race due to an overheating engine. He finished ninth.

- LEADING 2004 POINT STANDINGS: Earned one point for being fastest in final qualifying in Long Beach although he started second to his teammate Junqueira, who set the fastest overall time in qualifying. Ran the fastest lap of the race and finished third...Won the Monterrey, Mexico race from his second consecutive pole at the track as well as set a new track record for his fastest race lap...Has 62 points to while Bruno Junqueira has 57 and Paul Tracy has 49.

BRUNO JUNQUEIRA, #6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

- IN MILWAUKEE: It will be his fourth race here and second back-to-back on an oval after having raced in the IRL-sanctioned Indy 500 last Sunday where he started fourth and finished 15 after leading 16 laps. Qualifying in Milwaukee was rained out in 2003 and the drivers started the race based on practice times. Junqueira started eighth but crashed on the first lap. Started fifth in 2002, led four laps and finished 10th in 2002. Started 12th in his rookie race here in 2001 and finished fourth.

- THREE NIGHTS AT HOME: Between his Champ Car commitments and those for the 2004 Indy 500, Junqueira has only been home three nights between May 3 - June 6.

- IN 2004 POINT STANDINGS: Started on pole, led one lap and finished second in Long Beach...Drove to a second place finish after starting fourth in Monterrey, Mexico...Is ranked second in the point standings with 57 to leader Sebastien Bourdais' 62.

What They're Saying About...

Sebastien Bourdais, #2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"It's still a mystery why we were not competitive in Milwaukee last year. We were really struggling. Bruno was P11 and I was P9 after the first practice session and we just kept having a miserable weekend. Bruno crashed at the start and I just lost my confidence completely when I saw him crash. It was a very difficult and long evening for me. Everyone told me that if you have a good car on a short oval you're going to have a very nice race and if you have a bad car, you're going to have the worst time of your life and I guess I had this moment. We worked really hard in the two day test we did at the beginning of May and I think we made a lot of progress. Hopefully we can produce a better result for the McDonald's team this year. They are based in Chicago so this is not only a home event for Newman/Haas Racing, it's also the closest event to my sponsors headquarters.

(ON HIS FIRST CRASH ON AN OVAL DURING TESTING) "I just lost the car. You don't even have the time to react or anything. You're just going backward and suddenly you hear and feel a big bump. I'm just glad that the McDonald's car kept me safe. We damaged the tub and the car is ruined but at the end of the day what counts is that the driver is not injured.

"Oval racing is just about fine tuning the car and making small adjustments. There is not one thing you can do to make the car go from very bad to a great race car, you have to keep tuning the car to make small amounts of progress until the race starts."

Bruno Junqueira, #6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"Milwaukee was really difficult last year. I had my first big crash on an oval at the start of the race and scored no points there. The car wasn't too good but we had a test there a month ago and we were quite quick and are confident that we can do much better there this year in Milwaukee. I think the PacifiCare team for sure needs a better setup and balance for the car for Milwaukee. I think we made some progress toward this at the test and I think we are going to be more competitive there.

(ON RACING BACK-TO-BACK ON OVALS) "There is a big difference between (the tracks in) Indy and Milwaukee. We will be coming from a race on 2.5 mile Superspeedway to a race on a one-mile oval. They are two different animals but the PacifiCare team is ready for the challenge.

"I know Milwaukee is a home race for the team and I hope we can win there this year. Many of the team members are from Milwaukee or live in Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Mile is one hour away from the race shop and there will be many people from Newman/Haas at the race."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Paul Tracy , Sébastien Bourdais