CHAMPCAR/CART: NHR/Bourdais Sebring test notes 2004-03-26

Newman on Site to Watch Bourdais Set Fastest Time in Sebring SEBRING, Fla. (March 26, 2004) -McDonald's® Champ Car driver Sebastien Bourdais completed his first two-day test of the season at the 1.65-mile road course at Sebring International ...

Newman on Site to Watch Bourdais Set Fastest Time in Sebring

SEBRING, Fla. (March 26, 2004) -McDonald's® Champ Car driver Sebastien Bourdais completed his first two-day test of the season at the 1.65-mile road course at Sebring International Raceway late yesterday and emerged at the top of the unofficial time charts with a lap time of 50.55. A total of seven Champ Car drivers were testing in preparing for the 2004 season-opening round of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series race, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 18.

Under cloudy conditions Bourdais was able to complete 216 miles of testing in addition to the 219 from Wednesday. He was pleased with the results but was cautious in his optimism.

"The test was very good," said Bourdais who will remain in Sebring to watch Junqueira test today. "We were able to complete a lot of miles and found interesting and promising things with our setup that will hopefully apply to all of the tracks we race on. The track was really grippy because of the sports car race last weekend, which is not like most street courses. The test has been good but I want to double check our findings at another test."

Many Champ Car teams were in Sebring for the test but Bourdais was most pleased by the appearance of one spectator. "I was very surprised to see Paul (Newman) at the test. I found out around lunchtime that he was coming and it was great to see him. He was in Atlanta testing a Corvette and decided to fly a little farther South to join us. We were also able to go to dinner and catch up before he went back to Atlanta which was nice."

Newman/Haas Racing, owned by actor/race car driver Paul Newman and racing entrepreneur Carl A. Haas, is the most successful team competing in the Champ Car World Series. The team will begin their 22nd season in Champ Car competition in 2004 and will attempt to score their fifth overall title after winning 73 races and 77 pole positions. Current drivers Bruno Junqueira and Sebastien Bourdais were preceded at the team by Mario and Michael Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Paul Tracy, Christian Fittipaldi and Cristiano da Matta. For more information log on to www.newman-haas.com, www.brunojunqueira.com, www.sebastienbourdais.com or www.champcarworldseries.com.

-NHR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Christian Fittipaldi , Paul Tracy , Nigel Mansell , Paul Newman , Sébastien Bourdais , Cristiano da Matta