CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Bridgestone race report

Junqueira captures the Denver double - from pole to victory. Bruno Junqueira started from the pole and led every one of 100 laps on the temporary circuit around Pepsi Center today for his third career FedEx Championship Series victory and second...

Junqueira captures the Denver double - from pole to victory.

Bruno Junqueira started from the pole and led every one of 100 laps on the temporary circuit around Pepsi Center today for his third career FedEx Championship Series victory and second this season on Bridgestone tires. With teammate Scott Dixon chasing Junqueira across the finish line, it gave Target/Chip Ganassi Racing an authoritative 1-2 finish.

As he did Saturday when he won the pole position, Junqueira credited the Bridgestone Potenzas for helping him negotiate the tricky course all day long. Junqueira was able to keep charging even after flat-spotting one tire on a mid-race stint when he had to brake hard into a turn.

"The Bridgestone tires worked really good this weekend," Junqueira said. "They were really consistent through the runs. I could put fast laps up on the end of the stints. I had a small flat spot one time when I was running in traffic, but I could still put up fast laps. It was an unbelievable performance by the tires."

"The tires were great," added teammate and race runner-up Dixon. "We basically had fairly consistent runs throughout. This was a hard track, especially the concrete in some the areas, and I didn't know how well the tires would last. But the Bridgestones were excellent."

"We couldn't have done it today without the tires," said team owner Chip Ganassi. "This was a course that was tough on everything. It was tough on cars, tough on engines and most of all tough on tires. But they held up fine."

Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport:

"Another major milestone today in the history of Bridgestone Motorsport, with Michael Schumacher winning the F1 race at Belgium and Bruno Junqueira winning the CART race in Denver - both riding on Bridgestone Potenza tires. In addition, we enjoyed an extremely successful promotion in Denver demonstrating the superior performance of Bridgestone Blizzak tires on the Pepsi Center ice rink, which attracted many race fans seeking a break from the heat outside. It's good to see Chip Ganassi, a loyal supporter of our racing programs, get a 1-2 finish today - particularly after Chip participated in our celebrity ice driving competition Friday night. Chip and his drivers gave the Potenza race tires high marks this weekend, a sentiment shared by most all the teams. It's never simple to select a tire compound and construction for a track on which you have no prior data, especially one that proved as challenging as this street course, but it looks like the Bridgestone Motorsport engineers and chemists have done the job again. Everything worked so well for us all around; we're really looking forward to coming back to Denver next year."

Race temperatures ranged from 100 to 113 degrees track and from 87 to 91 degrees ambient (F); Race temperatures ranged from 38 to 45 degrees track and from 31 to 33 degrees ambient (C).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Bruno Junqueira , Scott Dixon , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing