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Driver Stats and Quotes: BRUNO JUNQUEIRA , ...

Driver Stats and Quotes:

BRUNO JUNQUEIRA , #1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

- IN GERMANY: Junqueira started 15th in the 2001 race in Germany (based on point standings) and finished 11th. Won F3000 races in Germany in 1999 (Hockenheim) and 2000 (Nurburgring).

- 11 POINTS OUT OF FIRST PLACE IN STANDINGS: Was second fastest in provisional qualifying in St. Pete but his fastest qualifying lap in final qualifying (potentially third) was disallowed because he brought out a red flag when he spun and stopped on course. More red flags during the session prevented him from running faster than the time he set on Friday and he started seventh. Dropped to 14th in race due to losing many positions on his first of three pit stops when the air hose of the inside rear tire changer's air gun disengaged. Charged to a 3rd place finish...More problems in qualifying led to a seventh place start in Mexico despite being fastest in both pre-qualifying practice sessions as he also did in St. Pete. Ran as high as third in the race but spun and dropped to ninth. Many on-track passes enabled him to finish fifth...Started fourth in Long Beach and finished third...Set second fastest qualifying time in England but started third due to Bourdais earning the second-place, front row start by setting the fastest time in final qualifying. Finished third...Is currently ranked second in the point standings with 53 points to Paul Tracy, 64.

- 44th START/THIRD SEASON: The race will mark his fourth event with NHR and 44th overall (39 starts with Ganassi Racing) His past two championships have come in his third season in those series.

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS , #2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

- IN GERMANY: Prior to 2003, all but one race (12 Hours of Sebring, Fla.) in his career had taken place in Europe. Competed in Germany in the F3000 series. In 2002 he won from pole in the Nurburgring event and finished 18th in Hockenheim after starting fourth but had to drive off course to avoid a collision in front of him. In 2001 he finished eighth after starting fifth in Nurburgring and fourth after starting eighth in Hockenheim, Germany. In 2000, he started 13th and finished fourth at the Nurburgring and started fourth in Hockenheim but did not finish the event due to hitting a puddle on the formation lap.

- IN 2003: By earning the pole position in his Champ car debut in St. Pete, Bourdais became the first driver to accomplish the feat since Nigel Mansell won the pole for the '93 Australian event - also while driving for NHR...Bourdais led 30 laps in St. Pete and became the first driver in the 25 year history of series to lead the first laps of his inaugural Champ car race...He also set the fastest race lap...Won his second pole in the series in Monterrey as well as set a track record. He led the first 16 laps but a faulty radio led to a missed pit stop. Also had a troubled pit stop and later brushed the wall entering the pits which ultimately led to retire from the race in 17th place...Started fifth in Long Beach, led three laps in the race and retired in 16th place due to engine failure after he completed 70 of 90 laps...Earned his first Champ Car victory in only his fourth event at Brands Hatch after starting second and leading 95 laps...He is currently ranked 6th in the point standings with 27 points.

- BONUS POINTS: Has earned THREE bonus points this season (St. Pete - Fri. & Sat. qual; Mexico - Sat. qual.). - 144 LAPS LED: Led 30 in St. Pete., 16 in Monterrey, 3 in Long Beach and 95 in England (victory).

- REIGNING 2002 CHAMPION: Like his teammate Junqueira, Bourdais won the F3000 championship honors. He won three races (Imola, Italy; Monaco; Nurburgring, Germany) six pole positions (Interlagos, Brazil; Imola, Italy; Barcelona, Spain; Monaco, Nurburgring, Germany; Spa, Belgium) and finished on the podium a total of seven times en route to the 2002 Championship while driving for Team Super Nova Racing. Also set the fastest race lap three times (Interlagos, Spain, Belgium). - FORMULA ONE HISTORY: Was invited to test for the Arrows team in the summer of 2002 and for Renault in December.

What They're Saying About...

BRUNO JUNQUEIRA , #1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"I'm looking forward to racing on an oval again. I really enjoy oval races but one of the best things about CART is that they hold races on road and street courses and ovals. You have to be good on all types of courses to win the Championship. It was good to finish on the podium again at Brands Hatch but the PacifiCare team is really working hard to win some races this season. Paul has already won some races and I know Michel (Jourdain) will probably win some so we need to win as many and even more than them to fight for the Championship. Podium finishes are great but we need to win some in order to get ahead of Paul. We made a compromise for the combined aerodynamic package for the two races since one was on a road course and one was on an oval and were happy to be so competitive in Brands Hatch. Hopefully we will be as competitive or even more this weekend.

"The fans in Germany are great. When we raced here in 2001, I remember it rained everyday and we didn't run but there were so many fans at the track anyway and they were so excited to have us here. On race day 90,000 fans were here. Unfortunately Alex (Zanardi) had his accident. It will be so great to see him. It will be really good for the fans to see him and it will be really great for the drivers as well because he is a role model to us because of the way he handled a very bad situation. He is amazing."

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS , #2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"It was great to win a race after a few lost opportunities to do it sooner. The feeling was unbelievable. Everyone on the Lilly team was really happy about this accomplishment. It was good to get that behind us and earn some points in the Championship and move up to sixth place. I'm looking forward to the new challenge of racing on an oval. I tested for two days in Phoenix and it was quite an eye-opening experience. I watched the oval races on TV but I didn't fully appreciate the skill needed until I did it for myself. Before I thought 'Wow, how hard can it be?' But it is a real test of ability and it's definitely mentally challenging. You don't know where the limit of the car or yourself is but you don't want to have a big moment. It requires 110 percent concentration 110 percent of the time. I'm looking forward to this new challenge.

"My best memory of racing in Germany came last year. I won the Nurburgring race from pole in F3000. I don't know if we can have as good of a weekend as that in my first oval race but of course we will try."

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