CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Newman/Haas Racing Saturday report

McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS GAINED ANOTHER VALUABLE POINT EN ROUTE TO 100TH POLE FOR TEAM AT THE CHAMP CAR GRAND PRIX DE MONTREAL; HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER JUNQUEIRA TO START SIXTH Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's ...

McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS GAINED ANOTHER VALUABLE POINT EN ROUTE TO 100TH POLE FOR TEAM AT THE CHAMP CAR GRAND PRIX DE MONTREAL; HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER JUNQUEIRA TO START SIXTH

Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I went in the tires this morning pretty quick. I wasn't too impressed with that. We discovered that the right front wing broke in the back straight before the incident. I braked pretty much a few meters further than the previous lap. I wasn't going to make it. I just realized a little too late. Then I looked at the rumble strips there was at the left side of the track. I just hesitated and didn't shortcut, which I really should of. As a consequence, I hit the curb head on, jumped. By the time I made it back to the ground, I was in the tires. But the McDonald's car was really good this afternoon after the boys did an awesome job to fix it. There was quite a bit of damage. We went back out and it's like nothing happened. I was really pleased. I did a first run and was P1. Going back out, I was expecting a little bit more grip from the Bridgestone red tires. It seems like it's very similar between the blacks and the reds but we'll see what happens tomorrow. But anyways, whether it's wet or dry, we'll start from the pole, and that's the best spot you want to be. We'll manage.

(On winning 25 of NHR's 100 poles:) "It's great. I guess I'm really part of the family now because, obviously, to be part of a quarter of all the poles that the team has achieved is quite something in only four years. It just shows how good this group has become over the years. I take my hat off to these boys because, you know, they made it happen. I'm not alone in the car. A good driver without a good car can't do anything. I rely a lot on these boys, so it's a great feeling.

"Well, I guess we've had three really bad races here. Hopefully the bad series is behind us and we can hope for something different tomorrow. I just really hope that things are going to be kind of bright and sunny tomorrow, not just the weather, it doesn't really matter. I think the McDonald's car is really good. I'm pretty confident in both conditions. I just hope that we have an incident-free race and we have a fair shot at trying to win this thing. It would feel really good with this crowd that's really supportive of me. It would feel really sweet."

Bruno Junqueira, No. 2 Hole in the Wall Camps Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The car was good but not good enough to fight for pole again today. Maybe we could have had potential to be in the top-three but it was hard to get a clear lap. I had a clear shot on my first run and set my fastest lap time then. On the second run I couldn't get a clear lap because Tagliani came out on track right in front of me. I kept backing off to get more of a gap but would still come up on him on the next lap. There was a lot of traffic and everyone was trying to get a gap. It's going to be a long, hard race and we will be really patient. I'm confident we can move to the front."

-credit: newman/haas racing

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Sébastien Bourdais