Pacificare driver Junqueira to start eighth for Milwaukee Mile 250 and Lilly driver Bourdais to start 13TH --- rain forced grid to be set on practice time POLE: Alex Tagliani 20.882 / 177.914 mph 8th: Bruno Junqueira 21.249 / 174.841 mph 13th:...
Pacificare driver Junqueira to start eighth for Milwaukee Mile 250 and Lilly driver Bourdais to start 13TH --- rain forced grid to be set on practice time
POLE: Alex Tagliani 20.882 / 177.914 mph 8th: Bruno Junqueira 21.249 / 174.841 mph 13th: Sebastien Bourdais 21.479 / 172.969 mph
OVERALL: Rain began near the conclusion of the one-hour autograph session between 5:45-6:45 PM local time and intermittent sprinkles continued until the qualifying session was cancelled at approx. 9:00 PM CT. Per CART rules Chief Steward Chris Kneifel declared that starting position would be based on the combined practice times for all of the sessions.
BRUNO JUNQUEIRA, #1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I'm disappointed that we didn't get to qualify because I had a pretty decent car yesterday in the night session and I thought it would be the same tonight and we would be closer to the front than eighth place. That's the way it is though. Newman/Haas is a great team and I'm sure they will help move the PacifiCare car to the front in the race."
* NOTES: It will be his third race here and first at night in any type of car...Junqueira started fifth in the 2002 race, led four laps and finished 10th...He started 12th in his first race here and finished fourth...Is currently tied for first place in the point standings with Paul Tracy, each with 66 points. He is the only competitor to have completed all laps contested.
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS, #2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I need as much experience on this track as I can get but that's the way it is. We didn't think it was going to rain out qualifying so we didn't concentrate on putting in a couple of fast laps to guarantee a good start if it was based on the practice sessions. It's too bad for the fans that they didn't get to see qualifying. Hopefully most of them were able to participate in the one-hour qualifying session."
* NOTES: He earned three poles (2-road course; 1-oval) and two wins in five events so far. (He started in second place in England and fifth in Long Beach.) Has won a total of five bonus points this season (Friday & Saturday in St. Pete; Saturday in Monterrey, Saturday and Sunday in Germany). In Germany, he brought the team its first pole on an oval since Christian Fittipaldi won the pole for the 1999 Rio de Janeiro event. It was the 10th pole for the team in the past 20 races. He is currently ranked 4th in the point standings with 49 points.
* TEAM NOTES: The team has won SIX races here (Mi. Andretti 1996, 1992, 1991; Paul Tracy 1995; Nigel Mansell 1993; Mario Andretti 1985) and ONE POLE (Mario Andretti 1985) as well as 11 PODIUM FINISHES (2nd - Mi. Andretti 2000, 1997, 1989; 3rd - Mi. Andretti 1995, Ma. Andretti 1991). Both drivers will be attempting to bring the team it's 12th win in the past 27 races for NHR beginning with Cristiano da Matta's victory in Australia of '01 as well as their 17th oval pole. They have 73 overall to date. k