Bourdais Picks up his First 2004 Victory Sebastien Bourdais picked up his first victory in 2004 and the fourth of his career, crossing the finish line just ahead of teammate Bruno Junqueira to give the Newman/Haas duo its fourth 1-2 ...
Bourdais Picks up his First 2004 Victory
Sebastien Bourdais picked up his first victory in 2004 and the fourth of his career, crossing the finish line just ahead of teammate Bruno Junqueira to give the Newman/Haas duo its fourth 1-2 finish.
Bourdais started on the pole and survived a race that appeared would be decided by pit strategy. But Bourdais was obviously the best in the field from the start and, despite all of the shuffling, came out on top by running a clean and consistent race.
"The Bridgestones were great," Bourdais said following the race. "We were a little concerned after the warm-up -- we had a rear-tire wear issue, but we corrected the set-up and in the race they were just so good. As we moved through the pack, they were very consistent and that is great for us."
Mexican driver Mario Dominguez pleased the Monterrey crowd by finishing in third place, the second consecutive podium finish for him on his home soil after also finishing third last season at Mexico City. After starting in second position, Dominguez overcame an early miscue to work his way back into contention.
Quote from Joe Barbieri, Project Supervisor, Bridgestone Motorsport: "This is such a great event. We always enjoy coming here -- it gives us a chance to showcase our strong company presence here in Mexico and the fans are so passionate -- it's certainly become one of our favorite venues. This year was no different and they put on another great show. Despite the fact that we have fun here, this track is certainly tough on tires and it's always a challenge for our race tire development team. It's difficult to get set-up just right, but it's the teams like Newman/Haas and drivers like Sebastien who can always do that and rise to the top at a track like this."
Race temperatures ranged from 104 to 128 degrees track and from 92 to 95 degrees ambient (F).
Race temperatures ranged from 40 to 53.3 degrees track and from 33.3 to 35 degrees ambient (C).