Double Top-Seven Finishes For Junqueira & Moraes Watkins Glen, NY (July 6, 2008) - Both Dale Coyne Racing drivers Bruno Junqueira and Mario Moraes capped off a very successful weekend with sixth and seventh place finishes in the 60-lap Camping...
Double Top-Seven Finishes For Junqueira & Moraes
Watkins Glen, NY (July 6, 2008) - Both Dale Coyne Racing drivers Bruno Junqueira and Mario Moraes capped off a very successful weekend with sixth and seventh place finishes in the 60-lap Camping World IndyCar Grand Prix on the 3.37-mile, 11-turn Watkins Glen International circuit Sunday afternoon.
Junqueira, driving in his first race at Watkins Glen International, spent the entire race running in the top-10 and ran as high as third. On the re-start on lap 50 Junqueira was running in fourth place, but he short-shifted coming down the front stretch allowing Marco Andretti and Buddy Rice to pass him going into turn one.
"I'm very happy with a sixth place finish today," said an excited Junqueira. "We could have had a top-three finish today as we were running up there all race, but I short-shifted on the re-start and lost two positions. Because of all the cautions towards the end, I did not have enough time to overtake Marco for fifth."
This was Junqueira's first top-10 finish this season. The 31-year-old Brazilian has been in the top-10 in all the practice sessions this weekend and was fifth fastest in the half-hour warm-up session Sunday morning.
"The #18 Z-Line Designs car was great all weekend long," Junqueira said. "The team did a fantastic job! I love this track, as it is a great course for a driver to race on."
Moraes followed up his best starting position so far this season with his best finish of the year as the 19-year-old rookie overtook the No. 27 car of Hideki Mutoh on Lap 55 to score a seventh place finish in first trip to Watkins Glen International. His previous best IndyCar® Series finish was a 16th place at St. Petersburg earlier this season.
"It was a great day for the #19 Sonny's Bar-B-Q car," said a smiling Moraes. "I am happy we finished seventh today, but I think we could have finished even higher."
Moraes wowed fans when he overtook six cars, jumping from 13th to seventh position on the first lap of the race.
"We had a strong car today and it showed as I was able to overtake six cars at the start of the race," Moraes said. "We ran up in the top five at times, but we lost a couple spots during a pit-stop which I think kept us from a higher finish. The car was fast all weekend and the team deserves credit for that. Hopefully we can get more top-10 finishes with four of the last seven races being on road or street courses."
This is the 11th time Dale Coyne Racing has placed two cars in the top-10 during a race. The last time was back in April of 2007 in Long Beach when Junqueira finished sixth and Katherine Legge placed tenth.