LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 19, 2008) - Bruno Junqueira posted the sixth fastest qualifying speed (119.772 mph) in the second group in first round qualifying Saturday afternoon. That allowed the veteran driver to advance to the second round of ...
LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 19, 2008) - Bruno Junqueira posted the sixth fastest qualifying speed (119.772 mph) in the second group in first round qualifying Saturday afternoon. That allowed the veteran driver to advance to the second round of qualifying.
In the second round, Junqueira ran in the top six for most of the 15-minute session, but was surpassed in the final minutes and left two-tenths of a second shy from moving into the "Firestone Fast Six" group of qualifying and a run for the overall pole. Junqueira starts ninth on the grid for Sunday's Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Club Course in Lexington, OH.
The IndyCar Series "Firestone Fast Six" qualifying format starts with two groups of 13 cars. Each group goes out for a 20-minute first round qualifying session. The fastest six cars in each of the two groups advance to the 15-minute second round qualifying. The fastest six out of the second group duel it out for 10 minutes and the pole in the "Firestone Fast Six" final qualifying session.
The 31-year-old Brazilian gave Dale Coyne Racing the sixth fastest speed in Saturday's morning practice session as he navigated the #18 Z-Line Designs Car around the 2.40-mile, 15-turn permanent road-course with an average speed of 119.074 mph.
"I thought the team did a great job with the car today," said Junqueira. "We were P6 in the morning practice session and we were running at times in the top six in second round qualifying. I'm happy with a ninth place starting position and think the Z-Line Designs team has a good shot at a top five finish in the race."
Mario Moraes put forth a great effort in the first round of qualifying, but came up just short of joining his teammate in the second round. The 19-year-old rookie had to settle for a 19th starting position in the 26-car field. Moraes (#19 Sonny's Bar-B-Q/Sun-Rich Gourmet) had the disadvantage of being in the first qualifying group when track conditions were not as favorable as they were for the second group of qualifiers.
"The crew has done a fantastic job giving me a good car this weekend," Moraes said. "This is a great track to race on. Hopefully we can get another top-10 finish."
Moraes seeks his third straight Indy Car Series top 10 finish this weekend at Mid-Ohio. He is coming off back-to-back top 10 finishes at Watkins Glen International (7th) and Nashville Superspeedway (10th).