McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS QUALIFIED SIXTH FOR THE TIME WARNER CABLE ROAD RUNNER 225 AT THE MILWAUKEE MILE; PACIFICARE DRIVER SERVIA TO START 9TH Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We are struggling in ...
McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS QUALIFIED SIXTH FOR THE TIME WARNER CABLE ROAD RUNNER 225 AT THE MILWAUKEE MILE; PACIFICARE DRIVER SERVIA TO START 9TH
Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:
"We are struggling in Milwaukee again. It's tough to improve on this track when you only race on a one-mile oval once a season and each time I have raced here the conditions are different. The first baseline setup we ran on the McDonald's car today was okay but everything we tried after that did not improve the car. Then we had to work on the race setup and never had time to get back to the qualifying setup before the session was over. The car was loose and neutral in Turns 1 and 2 and was pushing and loose in Turns 3 and 4. I have never had that before and we don't understand why it is this way. We will work on improving the car overnight and try to get a top-five finish from the race."
* FAST FACTS: Will be his third race here. Started second in 2004 but crashed while fifth and finished 18th. 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...Is second in the point standings to his teammate Junqueira with a one point deficit (59-58).
Oriol Servia, No. 2 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We are lacking front grip but the PacifiCare car feels solid which is good for the race, just not in qualifying. This is a great opportunity for me to work with Newman/Haas Racing. They are the most successful team in the series and it has been good to work with them so far. Our qualifying performance wasn't as good as I had hoped but we are working in the right direction."
FAST FACTS: Highest series finish came in Milwaukee. Of his five career top-three podium finishes, his highest is second place at 2003 events in Milwaukee and Montreal. He finished third in Laguna Seca (2004), Denver (2003) and Detroit (2000)...Will be his fifth race here. His best start here was seventh place and best finish was second -- both in 2003.
Started 11th and finished seventh in 2004; started seventh and finished second in 2003; team withdrew their entry here in 2002; started 18th and finished 14th in 2001; started 15th and finished 19th in 2000...Has 23 points and is ranked 13th in the standings after Round 2 of 14.
NEWMAN/HAAS RACING FACTS: NHR has won SIX races at this track (Michael Andretti 1996, 1992, 1991; Paul Tracy 1995; Nigel Mansell 1993; Mario Andretti 1985) and ONE pole (Ma. Andretti 1985). They have earned a total of 11 podium finishes (2nd -- Mi. Andretti 2000, 1997, 1989; 3rd -- Mi. Andretti 1995, Ma. Andretti 1991)...With 84 wins, 87 pole positions and 205 podium finishes since their first season of competition in 1983, Newman/Haas Racing is the most successful team competing in the Champ Car World Series and the second most successful overall open-wheel racing team competing today. Marlboro Team Penske has earned 122 open-wheel wins and is in their 38th season while NHR has earned 84 and is in their 23rd. During the years that NHR has been in existence (1983-current) MTP and NHR have each earned 84 wins. Perhaps the most impressive detail however is the fact that NHR ran only one driver it's first six seasons (Mario Andretti) while Penske ran two-to-three drivers per season. From 1989 to present, NHR has been a two-car team while Penske Racing expanded from a two car team to run three cars for three of those seasons.
ON THE SCHEDULE TOMORROW: The 30-minute morning warm-up will begin at 8:30 a.m. CST and the Time Warner Cable Road Runner 225 will begin at 12 noon CST. CBS Sports will televise the race live.