Junqueira to Start 2nd in Miami; Bourdais 4th OVERALL: Junqueira crashed between Turns 3 & 4 on his third and final lap in single car qualifying today. His second lap time had been put him third overall but he will start second based on being...
Junqueira to Start 2nd in Miami; Bourdais 4th
OVERALL: Junqueira crashed between Turns 3 & 4 on his third and final lap in single car qualifying today. His second lap time had been put him third overall but he will start second based on being guaranteed a front row start as provisional polesitter on Friday.
BRUNO JUNQUEIRA, #1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "This morning the PacifiCare car was really good. We were the fastest in the session and I knew we had a car good enough to be on pole. I was really confident I could repeat yesterday's performance. I didn't push on the first and second laps and I knew I had to push a little more on the last lap. Maybe I pushed too hard on the last lap. I'm disappointed because we had a car good enough to be on pole and we really needed to get the point for the Championship. I came to Turn 3 and braked late. I brushed the left wall and lost control of the car and went straight and crashed. For sure there are more points tomorrow in the race but one was available today and we didn't get it when we had a good chance. The race will be difficult especially to start on the outside. Adrian and Oriol aren't fighting for the championship so they want to do everything they can to win the race and don't have the extra pressure to get as many points as possible. I think the PacifiCare car will be good in the race and I hope we can get a good result."
* NOTES: Resides here...Will be his second race 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...He is currently ranked second in the point standings with 187 to Tracy's 204 (-17).
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS, #2 McDonald's / Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Something was not right with the car. It was good but we couldn't put in a faster lap. We just weren't quick enough. Maybe I didn't take enough risks. It's tough to get the tires up to temperature and get into a rhythm in three laps. It will be a tough race tomorrow. Let's see if we can get a good result for the McDonald's/Lilly team. There are a lot of executives flying in for the race and it would be good to give them a good result."
* NOTES: Will be his first race here...He earned four poles (3-road course; 1-oval) and three wins in 14 events so far. (He started in second place in England and fifth in Long Beach.) Has won a total of six bonus points this season (Friday & Saturday in St. Pete; Saturday in Monterrey, Saturday and Sunday in Germany; Friday in Cleveland)...He is currently ranked 4th in the point standings with 142 points.
* TEAM NOTES: In total the team has earned ONE WIN (da Matta 2002), TWO POLES (Ma. Andretti 1987, 1995) and TWO podium finishes here (2nd Fittipaldi 2002). (The track configuration was different in 1987 and 1995 than the 2002 one.) LAST YEAR IN MIAMI: NHR's da Matta clinched the championship with his seventh victory of the season here last year while Fittipaldi completed a 1-2 finish for the team with second place. Current driver Junqueira led 16 laps here last year while driving for Ganassi Racing but finished fifth due to a strategical error.
ON TAP FOR TOMORROW: The morning warmup will take place from 9:00-9:30 AM with the Grand Prix Americans set to begin at 1:00 p.m. CBS Sports will televise the race live in some markets and on a tape-delayed basis at 4:30 in others. Live coverage is available on CART.com beginning at 1 p.m. All times Eastern.