CHAMPCAR/CART: Miami: Newman/Haas Racing preview

Driver Stats and Quotes: BRUNO JUNQUEIRA, ...

Driver Stats and Quotes:

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

- IN MIAMI: Resides here. In his only other race in Miami last year, he started 10th, led 16 laps and finished fifth but lost the Championship to NHR's da Matta who won the event.

- SECOND IN POINT STANDINGS WITH 186 POINTS: 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 second...Started second in Germany and finished fourth after he led 23 laps and ran in top three most of the event...Started eighth in Milwaukee (based on combined practice times due to rain in qualifying) but crashed on the first racing lap in Milwaukee and from a two-way tie for first place in the points to third with 66. The Ford Blue Box indicated that the car took a 70 G-force backward impact while the accelerometer in his earpiece indicated he took a 100 G-force hit...Earned his first bonus point of the season with provisional pole in Laguna Seca. Started and finished second to take sole possession of second place in standings ...Charged from his worst qualifying position of 11th place in Portland to finish fourth...Qualified fifth in Cleveland and earned his fifth podium of the season with third place...Provisional pole sitter in Toronto but started 2nd. Earned his sixth top-three finish with third place...Provisional polesitter in Vancouver but started second. Led the first 21 racing laps until CART ruled that he had to relinquish the lead due to "jumping the start." Dropped to fourth at one point but finished second...Earned maximum points (23) by leading both qualifying sessions, leading every race lap and winning in Elkhart Lake to take the points lead from Paul Tracy by a 164-161 margin with seven races to go...Hit from behind on restart in Mid-Ohio and dropped to 17th place, two laps down to the leader. Failed to earn points with 13th place finish while Tracy regained lead after earning max. 23 points...Started third but finished 13th in Montreal after two spins that dropped him to 18th place. Lost pole by 6/1000ths of a second. Set the fastest race lap...Earned consecutive Denver victories from pole after he led 76 of 106 laps and closed the point spread of 28 behind Tracy to 18 (204-186) with 23 maximum available this weekend.

- ON ROAD/STREET COURSE: Finished in the top-five in 11 of 13 road/street course races so far this season including NINE podiums. Four of his five wins came on this type of course ('01 & '03 Elkhart Lake road course, '02 & '03 Denver street course).

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

- IN MIAMI: Resides in Miami. Will be his first race here.

- COULD CLINCH ROOKIE OF YEAR IN MIAMI, FOURTH IN STANDINGS: 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...First driver in series history to win from pole in his oval racing debut in Germany after he led 74 laps in the closest finish (0.08) since 2000 Michigan race...Started 13th in Milwaukee (based on combined practice times due to qualifying being rained out) and finished ninth despite an overheating engine in the early stages of the race...Probable third place finish ended when his pop-off valve failed while fourth and he retired after 77 of 87 laps in Laguna Seca...Started fourth in Portland but low tire pressure led to an early stop that dropped him to 18th place but he charged back to third place before a rear wing failure forced him to retire with 9 laps to go. Dropped from fifth to seventh in the point standings after Portland with 53 points...For the second time this season he won the race from pole in Cleveland and moved from seventh to fifth in the point standings with 74...Qualified 6th in Toronto and finished 4th to retain 5th place rank...Qualified fifth in Vancouver, but made contact with Moreno while moving into third at the start of the race and had to make three extra pit stops which dropped him to 11th before he moved up to a third place finish to take over fourth in the point standings with 100. Also set the fastest race lap...Started and finished second in Elkhart Lake as well as set the fastest race lap...Started third and finished fifth in Mid-Ohio...Started sixth but retired from the Montreal race with differential failure. Dropped from fourth to fifth in the standings...Regained fourth place rank with second place finish in Denver after he started third...Has earned a total of 142 points with 23 maximum available this weekend (-62 to leader PT)...Can clinch "Rookie of the Year" if he earns seven more points than Darren Manning.

- RANKED 3rd IN LAPS LED - 254: Led 30-St. Pete., 16-Monterrey, 3-Long Beach, 95-England (victory), 74-Germany (victory), 1-Portland, 33-Clev. (victory), 2-Vancouver. Third behind Tracy (594) and Jourdain (339) for most laps led in 2003.

- OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Ranked second for most poles won at four...Leads "Rookie of Year" standings...Second to Paul Tracy for most wins at three...Only driver to have won on a road course and oval this season.

What They're Saying About...

BRUNO JUNQUEIRA, #1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Last year the race in Miami was really difficult for me. I started 10th and began moving up in the field and was leading the race but we made a mistake with the strategy and finished fifth and gave Cristiano (da Matta) the chance to win the Championship. Now that I am driving the PacifiCare car for Newman/Haas I hope to bring them the same result they had last year with Cristiano.

"The race is going to be really important for the Championship. Now is the time that every point is important. To get a win and to get closer to Paul Tracy in the championship is going to be really important for me. The Miami track is in a very nice part of downtown. It's not a long track and that's why CART decided to hold single car qualifying so that everyone will have a chance to get a clear lap in qualifying. It will be difficult for everyone but I hope the PacifiCare car will be really fast on cold tires and I am able to put the car on pole and repeat our last race in Denver.

"It's going to be really exciting for me to race in Miami. It's going to be the first time I have raced at home since I moved there at the end of last year. I'm so close I could walk to the track. I have a lot of friends from Miami that are coming to the race and also a lot that are coming from Brazil and I hope I can have a good race for them. The Miami race is the closest CART race for them to come to. I think half of Brazil is coming to the race and I hope I can get a good result. I am planning a big Bar-B-Q for the Newman/Haas team at my house on Wednesday to start the week and another one on Sunday night at one of the clubs in town. Hopefully I'll have a good race and will be very happy for the party."

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS, #2 McDonald's / Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Racing in Miami will be very cool. For sure I know a lot of people here now. I'm going to sleep in my own bed and it should be a fun weekend. The track will be similar to the one in Denver (finished second) which was tricky. The surface was slippery and the turns were tight. There is also the chance for some Florida showers, which should make things even more challenging. Basically the fight for the Championship is gone now for us. There is a saying in racing "It's first or nothing." That's going to be our motto for the last four races and hopefully we can put the McDonald's / Lilly car in winner's circle as much as possible. The team finished 1-2 in Miami last year and also at the last race. It would be great to do it again in Miami."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Paul Tracy , Nigel Mansell