CHAMPCAR/CART: Houston: Newman/Haas Racing race report

HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER JUNQUEIRA DROPPED FROM FIFTH PLACE TO THE REAR OF THE FIELD AFTER RUNNING OUT OF FUEL ON HIS WAY TO FINAL PIT STOP; McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS EARNED BACK-TO BACK SERIES WINS AND FIRST AS A MARRIED MAN Bruno ...

HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPS DRIVER JUNQUEIRA DROPPED FROM FIFTH PLACE TO THE REAR OF THE FIELD AFTER RUNNING OUT OF FUEL ON HIS WAY TO FINAL PIT STOP; McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS EARNED BACK-TO BACK SERIES WINS AND FIRST AS A MARRIED MAN

Bruno Junqueira, No. 2 Hole in the Wall Camps Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We were going to pit on that lap that I ran out of fuel. The calculation told us that we still had plenty of fuel in the car so it's a shame that we ran out of fuel and dropped from fifth place. We thought it was a pickup problem but we might have miscalculated. It was also a shame because we were going to run longer than Tag and improve our position. The car was really bad after a few laps on the red tires but on the black tires the car was perfect and I think I could match the pace of Sebastien and the two Forsythe cars but then we ran out of fuel. At least I finished the race; my first race after a year that was an accomplishment."

Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I think the McDonald's car was really awesome tonight. It's all this hard work that's been being done during the winter that really pays off. I really quite honestly never would have believed we could have won that race at the start. It's just one of these situations where basically you start and you feel really, really strong. I just pushed really hard while I was 100% fresh. I knew at the end of the race was going to be a little bit more difficult. Everybody was going to be a little bit more on its toes. I really felt like I had the edge on the pack when the green flag was waved at the beginning. I just went for it, used the 'push to pass', got great runs out of turn four going into turn five. The car was feeling great. I just used it. After that, was kind of an uneventful race with quite a few yellows. One of these, you can basically go either way. We took the lead, then we lost it in the pits thanks to a patch that broke down, the jacks, the car didn't go all the way up. I was a little bit frustrated. It was a little hard, but at the end of the day, as I said, when races go your way, they go your way. It was true again tonight. Now it's second win out of two races. It's great. In the meantime, we know it's going to be a long season. We need to shy away from getting too excited because the wheel can turn around very quickly. Let's make sure we don't get too crazy about that. It's a long way to go."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Sébastien Bourdais