IRL: Indy 500: Bruno Junqueira Opening Day summary

Junqueira 8th Fastest in Practice on Opening Day for 2004 Indy 500 Bruno Junqueira, No. 36 PacifiCare Honda/G-Force/Firestone: "We are still learning about the Honda/G-Force combination but I am happy with our progress today. We didn't go...

Junqueira 8th Fastest in Practice on Opening Day for 2004 Indy 500

Bruno Junqueira, No. 36 PacifiCare Honda/G-Force/Firestone: "We are still learning about the Honda/G-Force combination but I am happy with our progress today. We didn't go toward a qualifying setup or a race set up. We could have had more speed if we went more toward a qualifying setup but we are still in the beginning stages of the learning process. It was hot and windy today so we were running in difficult conditions. I did my best lap time while I was running by myself without a tow so it is a true indication of our situation. During the open test we were 3.2 mph behind the fastest guy and now we are 2.2 mph so we are closing the gap. I hope we can continue to move the PacifiCare car closer to the front."

* FAST FACTS: Will be his third race here and first with NHR at this track. Started 20th and finished fifth in his Indy 500 debut with Ganassi Racing in 2001. Won the pole position in 2002 and led the first 32 laps of the race before his engine failed. Retired in 31st place.

* NEWMAN/HAAS RACING FACTS: The 2004 race will mark the 14th for NHR in the Indy 500 and first since 1995. Prior to 2004, the team prepared a total of 20 entries for drivers such as Mario and Michael Andretti, Nigel Mansell and Paul Tracy. NHR's highest finishes in the Indy 500 were second with Mario Andretti in 1985 and Michael Andretti in 1991 and third with Nigel Mansell in his first attempt in 1993....NHR drivers have led a combined total of 773 laps on the famed 2.5-mile Superspeedway (Mario Andretti - 402; Michael Andretti - 337; Nigel Mansell - 34)...Mario Andretti brought the team it's highest start in the event when he won the POLE POSITION in 1987.

ON THE SCHEDULE TOMORROW: Practice will take place from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. CST. Log onto indyracingleague.com for live timing and scoring.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Bruno Junqueira , Paul Tracy , Nigel Mansell , Mario Andretti
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing