CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Newman/Haas preview

Driver Stats and Quotes: BRUNO JUNQUEIRA, ...

Driver Stats and Quotes:

BRUNO JUNQUEIRA, #1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: - IN MONTREAL: It will be his second race here. Started third and finished 13th due to engine failure last year.

- SECOND IN POINT STANDINGS WITH 164 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...Started sixth in Mid-Ohio but was hit from behind by Servia early in the race and dropped back to 17th place. Finished 13th with no points while Tracy took the max. of 23 to reclaim the lead with 184-164 over Junqueira.

- ON ROAD/STREET COURSE: Finished in the top-five in 10 of 11 road/street course races so far this season including EIGHT podiums. Three of his four wins came on this type of course ('01 & '03 Elkhart Lake road course, '02 Denver street course).

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS, #2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: - IN MONTREAL: Will be his first race here.

- TOP ROOKIE IN POINT STANDINGS IN FOURTH: 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. Has 126 points and is ranked fourth with six races to go and 23 maximum available this weekend (-58 to leader PT).

- SIX BONUS POINTS: (St. Pete - Fri. & Sat. qual; Mexico - Sat. qual.; Germany - qual. & leading most laps; Clev. - Sat. qual.).

- 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 Paul Tracy (594) and Michel Jourdain (324) for most laps led in 2003.

- OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Was ranked No. 1 for most poles won at 4 until the previous race in Toronto when Paul Tracy matched the rookie's feat...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 in Montreal we had a good event with a lot of fans. I really enjoyed the weekend and am looking forward to going back. It's one of the nicest races of the year. The race was a little bit disappointing for me after being fast in qualifying. I qualified third and was very close to Cristiano and Dario Franchitti and was running strong in second place in the race and just after my last pit stop when the podium (finish) was in my mind, the engine let go and I didn't finish the race. It was disappointing after a long, long race not to score any points. The Montreal track is in a park but it's almost like a road course. The PacifiCare car has been very strong on this type of course and I have a feeling that we can continue this and run in front in Montreal, which is very important for us at this time in the Championship. We lost the lead at the last race and need to make up the 20-point gap that we now have. I think, for sure, all of the Canadian drivers will be strong in Montreal - especially Paul Tracy. I think also that Sebastien, my teammate will be strong because I'm sure Newman/Haas Racing will give both of us good cars but I hope I will be in front of all of them. The Montreal track is a very nice race track. It's pretty smooth with a long straightaway so it's a track where you can pass if you are fast enough. It has a lot of chicanes and I like it because it's pretty technical. It's pretty difficult to get a clear, perfect lap and the race is quite physical as well."

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS, #2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Even though I have never raced on this track I know quite a lot about the course because I have seen the Formula One Grand Prix many times. I never went there but I have a good opinion of the track and a lot of drivers have said they like the course. It seems to be very challenging and interesting and I think it is going to be fun. It's also very interesting to see a comparison between Champ Cars and Formula One cars on the same track. I think the Newman/Haas team has done a very good job with their cars on this type of track and I'm sure it will be the case on this track as well. I think my Lilly car has been good on any type of the race tracks but I think it particularly suits this type of track. I think I have been well accepted by the Canadian fans as well as the American fans and in Quebec it will be very interesting because I will be able to talk to most of them in French."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Nigel Mansell