FASTEST: Sebastien Bourdais 50.953 / 117.920 mph 3rd Bruno Junqueira 51.507 / 116.652 mph OVERALL: The Champ car field was split into two groups with two-car teams designating one driver per group. Junqueira ran in the morning session under...
FASTEST: Sebastien Bourdais 50.953 / 117.920 mph
3rd Bruno Junqueira 51.507 / 116.652 mph
OVERALL: The Champ car field was split into two groups with two-car teams designating one driver per group. Junqueira ran in the morning session under clear skies but windy conditions and posted the fastest time for his session. Group 2 ran in the afternoon under cloudy skies and cooler temperatures although the wind continued. Bourdais bettered Junqueira's time in the first part of the session and his lap time held up as the fastest at the conclusion of the day.
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS, #2 Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "My first run was fast. The tires had a lot of grip and that is when I ran the (fastest) lap time. The temperature dropped as the session went on and I was pushing harder to keep the tires warm. I pushed a bit more and I spun. The car was straightaway good. The car is very sensitive to temperature and was good when the temperature was high at the beginning of the session. (On running fast so soon:) There is no free practice in F3000 so straight away you have to qualify with no time to learn the track. I feel that this is one of my strengths and it will help me this year. I was not surprised to run well here though as I already have tested here for two days. The team made me feel welcome. I am very comfortable with everyone at Newman/Haas Racing. Bruno is quick and is pretty good on the technical side. We compliment each other and that is a good situation for a team. This is one of the first times since a long time that I have a teammate as experienced as Bruno when I am a rookie. This will help me. I am going to try for good results but we will have some good moments and some not so good moments but I think that we have a lot of potential to have good results. When you have the possibility to enter a series with the best team you have to do it and make the most of it. I plan to. I have been driving a race car since I was 15 but it is good that everybody is considering me a rookie because I am still young but I hope I bring a lot of experience. "
BRUNO JUNQUEIRA, #1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I think the day went well. We tested a lot of things. I think we ran 76 laps. We will keep working to improve the car, which is already pretty good. We are going to make a big change to the car tonight and try to work toward being consistent on used tires which will be a big issue this season especially since there is no traction control. I'm quite happy to join the PacifiCare Newman/Haas race team. It's been pretty nice so far. I discovered all of the secrets that they had last year. It's good to compare the setups that I had last year to theirs. One or two of the tracks they struggled at last year I ran well so we are going to compare information and try to be good at all of the tracks. Even though I am in the No. 1 car, there is less pressure than I have had in the past. I finished second in the Championship and you always want to improve. It will be a difficult season but we are working to keep improving the car as well as working to learn about the Ford engine. If we can try to score points in every race and win a few of them we should be in a good position at the end of the season. "
ON TAP FOR TOMORROW: The running order will reverse for Wednesday as Group 2 will run in the morning and Group 1 will run in the afternoon.