Junqueira Picks Up First 2005 Victory Newman/Haas Racing's Bruno Junqueira picked up his first win of the 2005 season, surviving an action-packed race in which only ten drivers remained to take the checkered flag. Junqueira started in fifth ...
Junqueira Picks Up First 2005 Victory
Newman/Haas Racing's Bruno Junqueira picked up his first win of the 2005 season, surviving an action-packed race in which only ten drivers remained to take the checkered flag. Junqueira started in fifth position and stayed near the front throughout the race, holding on through numerous cautions to pull away after passing Bjorn Wirdheim in the final laps.
Junqueira was followed closely across the finish line by rookie Andrew Ranger, with his first podium finish, and Alex Tagliani in third place.
The race was run under scorching hot conditions, with the track temperature soaring to 144 degrees (F). The Bridgestone Potenza tires standard on every Champ Car machine held up remarkably well, maintaining consistency and durability despite the unfavorable conditions. Tire temperatures during the race were measured at well over 200 degrees (F).
"The Bridgestone tires worked really hard," said Junqueira. "It was over 100 degrees (F) and they were really good and fast, especially at the end of the race."
Quote from Joe Barbieri, Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport: "We certainly saw quite a race today -- what a great job by Bruno and his crew to hang out and pull out this win. We're very happy with the performance we saw today from our Bridgestone Potenza tires. It's never easy for us, or for the drivers, to deal with the hot conditions we saw all weekend here in Monterrey, but the tires held up extremely well and gave the drivers the consistency they needed right up through the very end of the race."
Race temperatures ranged from 140 to 144 degrees track and from 95 to 96 degrees ambient (F).
Race temperatures ranged from 60 to 62 degrees track and from 35 to 36 degrees ambient (C).