IRL: Indy 500: Newman/Haas Racing race report

Junqueira Matched his Best Indy 500 Finish of 5th Place Today Bruno Junqueira, No. 36 PacifiCare/Secure Horizons Honda/G-Force/Firestone: "I think it was a good result for the PacifiCare-Newman/Haas team. For sure we wanted to win but to be ...

Junqueira Matched his Best Indy 500 Finish of 5th Place Today

Bruno Junqueira, No. 36 PacifiCare/Secure Horizons Honda/G-Force/Firestone: "I think it was a good result for the PacifiCare-Newman/Haas team. For sure we wanted to win but to be honest my car was really bad in traffic and the gears were not right. We had to add downforce through the race. We were on a different strategy than the leaders and when I got the lead the car was pretty fast and I could pull away. Unfortunately the rain came too late. I'm happy with the fifth place finish - I matched my best finish here. I think everybody did a good job to prepare for this race. We raced against the big teams and drivers in this series and were able to get a good result. I hope we have another opportunity to race here, we will be more prepared to finish stronger. I didn't have the car that Buddy Rice had - he and his team did a good job. I am thankful that PacifiCare, Newman/Haas and Honda provided me the opportunity."

* BRUNO'S FAST FACTS: Was his third race here and first with NHR at this track. Started in fourth place for the 2004 event. 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 marked 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...Prior to the laps Bruno led today, NHR drivers had 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.

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