BRUNO JUNQUEIRA MAKES HISTORY AND BECOMES THE FIRST CHAMP CAR DRIVER TO RUN IN SEBRING'S FULL TRACK SEBRING, USA - It was to be a team's secret, but it is no more. Today (30) and tomorrow, brazilian Bruno Junqueira will become the first...
BRUNO JUNQUEIRA MAKES HISTORY AND BECOMES THE FIRST CHAMP CAR DRIVER TO RUN IN SEBRING'S FULL TRACK
SEBRING, USA - It was to be a team's secret, but it is no more. Today (30) and tomorrow, brazilian Bruno Junqueira will become the first Champ Car driver in recent years to run in Sebring's full course track. Junqueira, sponsored by Banco Rural/RM Sistemas/Telemont/Telesena will drive his Newman-Haas Lola/Cosworth in Florida's famed track, fresh from the 12 Hours, one of the world's most famous sportscar races. Second in the Champ Car World Series for three years in a row, Bruno wants to use the opportunity to conclude, in the best way possible, his work to the next season, which starts on April 10th, on the streets of Long Beach.
Due to the intense track activity -- Sebring hosts tests of many racing series, as well as the Skip Barber Racing School headquarters, the 3.7 mile (5.95 km) layout is normally unavailable to Champ Car teams. Drivers tests their cars setups on a shorter version (2.0 mile, or 3.2 km), completed in little more than 50 seconds. This time, Bruno will have the chance to finetune his chassis and suspension setups on a harsh surface, with bumps and parts paved in concrete. The real test to the season opening. Last week, all he could do was follow his rivals activity on the collective tests.
"I'm totally commited and excited to drive in Sebring's main layout. I'm sure that it will give us the tools to go well in Long Beach and start the championship on a high\", says Bruno, relishing the opportunity of driving on such a demanding (and traditional) racetrack\". As well as make the final tests of the offseason, brazilian Junqueira can also establish a new track record and become the first driver to break the 200 kph average barrier. On the current extension, the best lap was registered by finn J.J.Lehto, aboard and Audi R8 prototype, in 1999, with a staggering average of 123.30 mph (198.4 kph).