IRL: Indy 500: Junqueira qualifying 2 practice notes

Junqueira Completed Final Test Day for Indy 500; Heads to Mexico OVERALL: After successfully qualifying in fourth place yesterday for the 88th Indianapolis 500, Junqueira spent the afternoon working on the race setup for May 30th race. The...

Junqueira Completed Final Test Day for Indy 500; Heads to Mexico

OVERALL: After successfully qualifying in fourth place yesterday for the 88th Indianapolis 500, Junqueira spent the afternoon working on the race setup for May 30th race. The team decided to end the day at 5:15 p.m. CST and Bruno was fourth fastest for the day.

Fastest: Bryan Herta 220.073 mph (qualified today)
4th: Bruno Junqueira 217.839 mph (ran 137 laps in spare car)

Bruno Junqueira, No. 36 PacifiCare/Secure Horizons Honda/G-Force/Firestone: "We worked on the race setup today to finish our preparation since we won't be here next week. And we won't run much on Carburetion Day because we don't want to put too many miles on the engine so we really to finish everything today. We learned a few things today but we wanted to run in traffic more. I wasn't able to run behind anyone because I was by myself on track a lot today. When I finally got behind the Andretti/Green drivers I did one lap but then the yellow came out for Helio. This is another time that it would have been good to have a teammate so we could work together to get a good car in traffic which will be important on race day. I'll have to learn about the car in traffic on Carb Day and hopefully the car will be good in the race. Yesterday was a good day for us but today was not as good. The engineers did a good job to get a good car for qualifying even though we didn't get to run much in qualifying trim. I'm sure they can do the same for the race setup."

* BRUNO'S 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 INDY 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.

* WHO'S WHO AT NHR/INDY: Jim McGee, Director of Special Operations for NHR, is in charge of the Indy 500 program. He is the winningest manager/chief mechanic with a total of 89 victories; race engineer Tim Wardrop currently holds the record for the fastest practice lap, fastest qualifying lap and fastest four-lap average at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway; Mark Shambarger is the chief mechanic. He has 20 years of experience in the racing industry. The combined total of experience for NHR's Indy group is: 221 years of racing experience, 125 Indy 500's and 26 Indy 500 victories. A complete list of team employees is available that includes hometowns and history for each member.

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