Driver Stats SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS, ...
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS, #2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: - IN CLEVELAND: Will be his second race here. Earned his fourth of five 2003 poles here last year. Led 33 of 115 laps and earned his first victory in the U.S. here (won prior races in England and Germany) in debut of sponsor McDonald's.
- THIRD IN 2004 POINT STANDINGS: Earned one point for being fastest in final qualifying in Long Beach although he started second to his teammate Junqueira, who set the fastest overall time in qualifying. Ran the fastest lap of the race and finished third...Won the Monterrey, Mexico race from his second consecutive pole at the track as well as set a new track record for his fastest race lap and took over the points lead for the first time in his CCWS career...Started second in Milwaukee but crashed on 50/250 laps and dropped to fourth place in standings...Won from pole in Portland after he led 85 of 94 laps and moved to third place in the standings... Junqueira leads the standings with 105 points over Patrick Carpentier, 99, and Bourdais, 98.
BRUNO JUNQUEIRA, #6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: - IN CLEVELAND: Will be his fourth race here. Started fifth and finished third in 2003. Started eighth and finished 13th after mechanical failure in 2002. Started 16th and finished 23rd in rookie season here in 2001 after contact with C. Fittipaldi entering the pits.
- LEADS 2004 POINT STANDINGS: Started on pole, led one lap and finished second in Long Beach...Drove to a second place finish after starting fourth in Monterrey, Mexico...Qualified 10th and finished 5th on the only oval race on the schedule in Milwaukee but moved into the lead of the standings with his finish...Maintained points lead after started and finished second in Portland. Was the provisional polesitter on Friday but received a penalty in Saturday's qualifying and settled for a second place start. Ran the fastest race lap...Junqueira leads the standings with 105 points over Patrick Carpentier, 99, and Bourdais, 98.
What They're Saying About...
Sebastien Bourdais, #2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "For sure when McDonald's came on board in Cleveland it was a big deal for us and to win in our first race with them was great. I had never raced on an airport before so I was pretty happy because we started fast straight out of the truck. I was able to learn fast and got the pole position and then we had a great race with Paul Tracy and won. It was a great weekend for Newman/Haas and hopefully we can repeat this year. It was very, very nice to finally win in the United States. It was a good feeling because we were struggling a lot at the beginning of the season and we should have won before then. It looked like the results were refusing to come at that point. After winning two races in Europe, finally it came to us in the U.S and I was really happy for myself and the team because of the hard times we had before we finally got the win in the Cleveland. (On Turn 1 at the start of the race:) "Everyone was pretty quiet last year and didn't try too hard to make crazy moves going into Turn 1 on the first lap. For sure there is a lot to win but a lot to loose also so it's a compromise. It's a difficult race track, a high-speed corner race track. It's bumpy because it's concrete and the patches aren't the same level. The top speed is not very high because the straights are not very long but the speeds in the corners are always third, fourth gear corners and you've got to be ready. It's pretty difficult. With the bumps you have to hold your breath so it makes it really tough on you."
Bruno Junqueira, #6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I think Cleveland is a good track for the PacifiCare team. We finished third last year and it was a very close race between Sebastien, Tracy and myself. Maybe we can improve the car a little bit this year and get a win. The track in Cleveland is very different because we race on the airport runways. It's very, very wide, fast and bumpy. It's a unique race track and I enjoy racing there. It's a good track to pass. It's a long race because it's always very hot there. It's hard to get a fast lap there because it is very precise and very wide. Plus it's very bumpy and that makes it difficult. What happens in Turn 1 in Cleveland is because the track is very wide going into Turn 1 and you can drive a lot of different lines especially on the start. A lot of people think "Oh I can pass another one and another one and that's why it generates some crashes. This season is going good I think the PacifiCare car has been strong at every race track and we have been able to put together consistent finishes and that will be important at the end of the year."