PACIFICARE DRIVER JUNQUEIRA COMPLETED SECOND DAY OF CHAMP CAR TESTING SINCE ACCIDENT; LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT TEST
SEBRING, Fla. (December 14, 2005) -- PacifiCare driver Bruno Junqueira completed his second day of testing today at Sebring International Raceway since an accident in the Indy Racing League-sanctioned Indianapolis 500 on May 29. The test began on Monday, December 12 and resumed as planned today with Junqueira adding 102 more laps today to 77 he completed on the 1.65-mile road course on Monday.
"I am very happy the test went as well as it did," said Junqueira. "It's a great feeling of 'Mission Accomplished' to not only get back in the car but to also be fastest which is, of course what drivers like best! I'm already looking forward to the next test in 2006."
Junqueira and Newman/Haas Racing (NHR) ran 47 laps before the lunch break and 55 laps in the afternoon with Junqueira's best lap time of the day a 50.99. Testing will resume in spring of 2006 in anticipation of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season-opener -- the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach -- April 7-9, 2006.
"It was a successful test," said John Tzouanakis, team manager of Newman/Haas Racing. "We eased into the test and were here to give Bruno some seat time. He was able to run a lot of miles and we didn't have any issues with the car so overall, it was a productive test."
Newman/Haas Racing LLC, 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 and second most successful open-wheel racing team overall. Marlboro Team Penske has 124 open-wheel wins in 38 seasons while NHR has 90 in 23 seasons. The team will begin their 24th season in Champ Car competition in 2006 and will attempt to score their seventh overall title after winning 90 races and 92 pole positions. Current drivers Sebastien Bourdais and Bruno Junqueira were preceded at the team by Mario and Michael Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Paul Tracy, Christian Fittipaldi and Cristiano da Matta as well as 2005 driver Oriol Servia. For more information log on to www.newman-haas.com, www.brunojunqueira.com, www.sebastien-bourdais.com, www.oriolservia.com or www.champcarworldseries.com.