Junqueira Picks Up First Win of 2004 After finishing as the runner-up four times this season, Newman/Haas Racing's Bruno Junqueira picked up his first victory of the year to strengthen his second-place standing in the points race. Starting...
Junqueira Picks Up First Win of 2004
After finishing as the runner-up four times this season, Newman/Haas Racing's Bruno Junqueira picked up his first victory of the year to strengthen his second-place standing in the points race.
Starting from the second row, Junqueira began his race on Bridgestone's alternate tire, employed today for the third time this season. A series of mishaps involving early race leaders left Junqueira with a lead he was able to maintain without serious contention. He ran two sets of alternate Bridgestone Potenza tires and finished his race on Bridgestone's primary specification.
"The Bridgestone tires were really good," said Junqueira. "The alternate tires had a lot of grip, and most important, in this race they held until the last lap of the stint. I could push really fast. On the second stint I think my last lap was my fastest. And even the harder compound ran well - I had to run those on my last stint and they were great."
Forsythe Racing's Patrick Carpentier thrilled the Canadian crowd by finishing in second place at his home race, and the runner-up was in complete agreement on the performance of the Bridgestone tires this weekend.
"The tires were fantastic - I love those tires on this kind of track," said Carpentier. "They stay the same, you know. I push really, really hard, and the tires just stay really consistent. Today I had a great time - I really love racing those and they don't get loose - it's fantastic. The alternate was perfect. I've always run well on them. We waited until a little bit later in the race to put them on and they stay balanced also. It's amazing that they can produce a tire that soft and stay so balanced."
Quote from Page Mader, General Manager, Race Tire Development, Bridgestone Motorsport: "We're very happy with what we've seen from the alternate tire this weekend. Most of the teams ran multiple sets of alternates during the race. That's a pretty good indication that they were happy with both the performance and the durability of the alternate spec. The new sidewall markings were very effective as well - the red stripe on the alternate tires was clearly visible both from the stands and on television. That's something we've really worked on, and we're glad we've been able to develop a marking that will make it easier for fans to identify when teams are running their alternate tire. It was a great race - the atmosphere was exciting, as it always is in Montreal, and we were happy to see Bruno back in victory circle."
Race temperatures ranged from 85 to 91 degrees track and from 73 to 77 degrees ambient (F).
Race temperatures ranged from 29.4 to 32.7 degrees track and from 22.8 to 25 degrees ambient (C).