CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Newman/Haas Racing preview

Driver Stats SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS, ...

Driver Stats

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS, #2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: - IN TORONTO: Will be his second race here. Started sixth and finished fourth after struggling to find a good race setup due to limited track time (rain and etc.).

- SECOND IN 2004 POINT STANDINGS: Earned one point for being fastest in final qualifying in Long Beach although he started second to his teammate Junqueira, who set the fastest overall time in qualifying. Ran the fastest lap of the race and finished third...Won the Monterrey, Mexico race from his second consecutive pole at the track as well as set a new track record for his fastest race lap and took over the points lead for the first time in his CCWS career...Started second in Milwaukee but crashed on 50/250 laps and dropped to fourth place in standings with 62 points...Won from pole in Portland after he led 85 of 94 laps...Provisional pole was taken from him in Cleveland on Thursday after CCWS stewards ruled he blocked the qualifying lap of Ryan Hunter-Reay. He started third and won his third race of five this season after leading 88 of 97 laps to move him to second in the standings... Junqueira leads the standings with 133 points to Bourdais' 130.

BRUNO JUNQUEIRA, #6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: - IN TORONTO: Will be his fourth race here. Was the provisional polesitter on Friday in 2003 but started second. Dropped to third after his final pit stop. Started third in 2002 but finished 14th after contact with rookie Townsend Bell. Started 20th and finished 13th after contact with then-NHR driver Christian Fittipaldi in 2001.

- LEADS 2004 POINT STANDINGS: Started on pole, led one lap and finished second in Long Beach...Drove to a second place finish after starting fourth in Monterrey, Mexico...Qualified 10th and finished 5th on the only oval race on the schedule in Milwaukee but moved into the lead of the standings with his finish...Maintained points lead after started and finished second in Portland. Was the provisional polesitter on Friday but received a penalty in Saturday's qualifying and settled for a second place start. Ran the fastest race lap...Started sixth in Cleveland but finished second despite dropping to 13th due to avoiding an opening lap accident. Was his fourth second place finish of the season and third 1-2 for the team. Also set the fastest race lap...Leads the standings with 133 points over Bourdais, 130 and Carpentier, 99.

What They're Saying About...

Sebastien Bourdais, #2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It is good for the McDonald's team to win three of the five races this season and three of the past four. I hope we can continue the competitiveness at the Molson Indy Toronto as well. Toronto was a difficult race for me last year. The course is very tough and I was struggling to get comfortable in the car on the tire compound we used. Especially since it is a street course that has four or five different (types of ) tarmac and you need to be able to set the car up for all of those different conditions. Also I didn't know what to expect from the race track. I didn't really learn the layout until the second day because we didn't run much the first. Also we had some rain and it was not very easy for the rookies that day but I still managed to finish fourth and I was very happy with that. We achieved a better setup in Vancouver last year and I felt much better in the car in those kind of conditions so hopefully it's going to carry on this year at both places.

"There are many French Canadian fans in Toronto. They are more supportive of Patrick and Alex than me, of course, but it is good to see them at the track. It's Paul Tracy's hometown and the fans are really rooting for him. I think the win last year that Paul achieved was pretty impressive. Nobody could catch him. He really had a dominant weekend but hopefully we'll be able to give him a better run this year and try to kick his butt!"

"I think the Push to Pass button will be powerful because the backstraight is very long in Toronto I think it will have a big effect. The straight part is not very long but the amount of time you are full throttle is pretty long so it's going to be a benefit. The only downside is that the track is pretty narrow and there is basically only one line. It's going to be interesting. I think we will see some interesting moves."

Bruno Junqueira, #6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The PacifiCare team has finished second four times this season and have been in a position to win but it hasn't come yet. My goal is to win the championship with consistency but it would still be nice to win some races. I look forward to heading to Toronto, a track that I like a lot, and I hope we can get our first win of the season there.

"Last year I qualified second to Tracy and I ran the whole race in second place but on the last pit stop there was a problem, Michel passed me in the pits and I finished third. I was the second best car that day. I hope this year we can improve a little but I'm sure Tracy will be very strong. I think the PacifiCare car will be stronger this year and we can fight against him. I think for Paul Tracy to win in Toronto last year was good. I hope he enjoyed it because I'm going to try to keep him from doing it again.

"Toronto is a very nice track. It's a good course that's very, very difficult. One of the nicest things is that we have so many fans there on race day and it is very exciting. This year we're going to have the Push to Pass button which will help make more passing - especially in Turn 3 on the back straight. It's a long, long straight with very hard braking -- you go from sixth gear to third gear. For sure with the Push to Pass button you'll be able to pass the guy in front of you.

"I like to race in Canada a lot. There are a lot of fans on race day at all three races in Canada. The people are very knowledgeable about racing and I'm happy to have a lot of people that support me there. People that love Tracy, support him and people that don't like him support me. I have a lot of fans in Canada, it's very nice."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Christian Fittipaldi , Paul Tracy , Townsend Bell , Sébastien Bourdais