CHAMPCAR/CART: Cleveland: Newman/Haas Racing Thursday report

Bourdais Sets Record w/Prov. Pole in Cleveland; Junqueira 3rd OVERALL: With his guaranteed front row start, Bourdais set a Modern Era record for five consecutive front row to begin a season. He tied Paul Tracy's 2003 record of four at the ...

Bourdais Sets Record w/Prov. Pole in Cleveland; Junqueira 3rd

OVERALL: With his guaranteed front row start, Bourdais set a Modern Era record for five consecutive front row to begin a season. He tied Paul Tracy's 2003 record of four at the previous race in Portland. With 11 minutes remaining in the 11:30 - 1:00 p.m. ET practice session Junqueira made contact with the concrete wall after he lost control of his race car on the exit of Turn 8. He had set the fastest lap time of the session. The PacifiCare team rushed to repair the extensive damage to the rear of his race car and arrived in pit lane with 23 minutes remaining in the 3:30-4:30 p.m. provisional qualifying session.

Sebastien Bourdais, No. 2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "It's always nice to have your name in some (record) books. I guess it could be worse. I just try to do the best job that I can. I am pretty happy for the McDonald's crew. We just kept collecting red flags today and it looked like our timing was off but thankfully we were able to move up from P18 (position 18). It was looking pretty bad for a while there. We had a solid baseline from last year and luckily it worked because we didn't get to test anything in the practice session. I think, without the red flags, we could have improved our lap time so there is more in the car for tomorrow."

* FAST FACTS: 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...Has won two races - both from pole -- this season (Mexico & Portland)...Is tied for second in the point standings with Carpentier, both with 99.

Bruno Junqueira, No. 6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "The PacifiCare car was good in the first session. We were P1 when I crashed. I was in Turn 8 and I had just passed Oriol (Servia) and was driving 10 mph slower than usual. I was on a cool down lap and just lost the rear grip. I don't know why it happened but the important thing is that I am okay but for sure I will be sore tomorrow. I have to thank the PacifiCare team for putting the car back together so quick and in time for qualifying. We came back strong and I was on pole until the last minute. The car had too much understeer but we didn't have enough time to work on it. Hopefully we can have a good day tomorrow and try to get pole."

* FAST FACTS: 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 the standings with 105 points over Patrick Carpentier, 99, and Bourdais, 98.

* NEWMAN/HAAS RACING FACTS: NHR has won THREE races at this track (Bourdais - 2003; Michael Andretti - 1991; Mario Andretti 1988) and FIVE poles (Bourdais - 2003; Da Matta - 2002; Mi. Andretti - 1989; Ma. Andretti 1984 & 1983). They have earned a total of 11 podium finishes (2nd - Mi. Andretti 1998 & 1992, Ma. Andretti - 1989, Mansell - 1994; 3rd - Junqueira - 2003, Mi. Andretti - 1999, Mansell - 1993, Ma. Andretti - 1986).

ON THE SCHEDULE TOMORROW: The practice session will take place from 10:00-11:15 AM ET and final qualifying is set for 1:45-2:45 PM.

-nhr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Bruno Junqueira , Patrick Carpentier , Mario Andretti , Sébastien Bourdais