CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland: Newman/Haas Racing Friday report

McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS SECOND IN PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING FOR THE G.I. JOE'S CHAMP CAR GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND; JUNQUEIRA 11TH AFTER STRUGGLING WITH TRAFFIC Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Well, it went ...

McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS SECOND IN PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING FOR THE G.I. JOE'S CHAMP CAR GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND; JUNQUEIRA 11TH AFTER STRUGGLING WITH TRAFFIC

Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Well, it went really good for the McDonald's car. Our first run was good. It's just like PT said, in (turns) six and seven, it feels like you're all of a sudden going on ice. I don't know what's up there, but it was the same thing at the test. I guess A.J. feels more comfortable with the car because he put on the option tires. It's just on the standard tires, it's extremely difficult. There's not much you can do because for me the car is perfect everywhere else. You get to these two corners, it's the end of the day. It's bizarre. You know, we're fighting Justin, so it's okay. We just looked around in pit lane and saw who was going to put the option Bridgestone tires on. AJ was one of the few takers, so tomorrow we'll have two sets. We'll stick to our guns, keep the same strategy week in, week out. Well, we hope it's going to work out tomorrow with no rain."

Bruno Junqueira, No. 2 Hole in the Wall Camps Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Someone went off in Turn 1 when I made my first run and there was dirt on the track. I couldn't get a lap on the second set because there was too much traffic since the red flag bunched everyone up. The car wasn't as bad as P11 (eleventh place). I could have been P5 based on the splits which wouldn't have been so bad. We need to improve the car for final qualifying and we'll work hard on that tonight."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Sébastien Bourdais