CHAMPCAR/CART: Junqueira Fontana test notes 2004-03-19

Pacificare Driver Junqueira Completed Two-Day Test of The California Speedway's Infield Road Course in Preparation For 2004 Champ Car World Series FONTANA, Calif. (March 19, 2004) - PacifiCare driver Bruno Junqueira, 27, completed his first ...

Pacificare Driver Junqueira Completed Two-Day Test of The California Speedway's Infield Road Course in Preparation For 2004 Champ Car World Series

FONTANA, Calif. (March 19, 2004) - PacifiCare driver Bruno Junqueira, 27, completed his first two-day test of the season on the infield road course of The California Speedway late yesterday. The 2004 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season will begin on April 18 at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and Junqueira hopes to surpass his 2002 and 2003 season-ending rank of second place in the point standings.

"We were able to run 41 miles in the spare car and 122 miles in the primary car and test many different things," said Junqueira whose best lap time was a 57.3 around the 1.5-mile road course. "We had a problem with the right front wheel after a pit stop and I went off track near the end of the day but overall it was a good test. I've been looking forward to getting back in the car for a very long time and I can't wait to test again at Sebring next week."

"We had a set list of items to test and we were able to make a lot of progress," added Brian Lisles, general manager of Newman/Haas Racing. "We now have direction for the next test which will take place in Sebring next week with both Bruno and Sebastien (Bourdais)."

Newman/Haas Racing, owned by actor/race car driver Paul Newman and racing entrepreneur Carl A. Haas, is the most successful team competing in the Champ Car World Series. The team will begin their 22nd season in Champ Car competition in 2004 and will attempt to score their fifth overall title after winning 73 races and 77 pole positions. Current drivers Bruno Junqueira and Sebastien Bourdais were preceded at the team by Mario and Michael Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Paul Tracy, Christian Fittipaldi and Cristiano da Matta. For more information log on to www.newman-haas.com, www.brunojunqueira.com, www.sebastienbourdais.com or www.champcarworldseries.com.

-NHR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Bruno Junqueira , Christian Fittipaldi , Paul Tracy , Nigel Mansell , Paul Newman , Sébastien Bourdais , Cristiano da Matta