CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Newman/Haas Racing preview


SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS, #2 McDonald'sFord-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

- IN MONTREAL: Will be his second race here. Started sixth but finished 19th after differential failure in the race.

- 2004 OVERVIEW: In 9 events this season, he has won five poles and five races as well as set the fastest race lap four times.

- LEADS 2004 POINT STANDINGS WITH 248: Earned one point for being fastest in final qualifying in Long Beach although he started second to his teammate Junqueira, who set the fastest overall time in qualifying. Ran the fastest lap of the race and finished third...Won the Monterrey, Mexico race from his second consecutive pole at the track as well as set a new track record for his fastest race lap and took over the points lead for the first time in his CCWS career...Started second in Milwaukee but crashed on 50/250 laps and dropped to fourth place in standings with 62 points...Won from pole in Portland after he led 85 of 94 laps...Provisional pole was taken from him in Cleveland on Thursday after CCWS stewards ruled he blocked the qualifying lap of Ryan Hunter-Reay. He started third and won his third race of five this season after leading 88 of 97 laps to move him to second in the standings...Started on pole, led 75 of 84 laps, ran fastest race lap and earned his third consecutive victory in the series as well as his fourth of the season to earn the points lead...Failed to match a series record fourth consecutive victory in Vancouver when he started third, moved into second on the first lap but finished fifth in Vancouver due to a different fuel strategy employed by other teams. Set the second fastest race lap...Started from his fourth pole of the season at Elkhart Lake but finished third due to a race decided on fuel strategy...Won his fifth pole in Denver but contact on the first lap dropped him to 15th place. Charged back to lead the final 11 laps and win by a seven second margin over Paul Tracy...Holds a 56 point lead over second place Junqueira, 248-192.

- EIGHT WINS: ('03 -- England, Germany & Cleveland; '04 -- Monterrey, Portland, Cleveland, Toronto & Denver).

- 10 POLES: ('03 -- St. Pete, Monterrey, Germany, Cleveland, Australia; '04 -- Monterrey, Portland, Toronto, Elkhart Lake, Denver).

BRUNO JUNQUEIRA, #6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

- IN MONTREAL: Will be his third race here. Started third in 2002 and 2003 but finished 13th each time. An engine failure ended his race in 2002. Spun and dropped to 18th in 2003, but set the fastest race lap en route to a 13th place finish.

- 2004 OVERVIEW: Finished in the top-four six times in 9 races, including four second-place finishes. Set the fastest race lap three times.

- SECOND IN 2004 POINT STANDINGS WITH 192: Started on pole, led one lap and finished second in Long Beach...Drove to a second place finish after starting fourth in Monterrey, Mexico...Qualified 10th and finished 5th on the only oval race on the schedule in Milwaukee but moved into the lead of the standings with his finish...Maintained points lead after started and finished second in Portland. Was the provisional pole sitter on Friday but received a penalty in Saturday's qualifying and settled for a second place start. Ran the fastest race lap...Started sixth in Cleveland but finished second despite dropping to 13th due to avoiding an opening lap accident. Was his fourth second place finish of the season and third 1-2 for the team. Also set the fastest race lap...Started third in Toronto but was involved in an opening lap accident with Mario Dominguez and retired in 18th place. Lost lead in standings to teammate Bourdais who won the event...A suspension failure led to a crash in final qualifying and he started eighth and finished fourth in Vancouver...Started fourth in Elkhart Lake and ran as high as second place before fuel strategy and contact led to a 15th place finish...Started second in Denver but failed to win his third consecutive race here and finished third. Led the first 39 laps...Second in point standings with 192 points to leader Bourdais' 248 (-56).

- FIVE WINS: (Elkhart Lake '01, Japan & Denver '02, Elkhart Lake & Denver '03).

- EIGHT POLES: ('01 -- Nazareth; '02 -- Japan, Elkhart Lake, Denver, Mexico City; '03 -- Elkhart Lake & Denver; '04 Long Beach).

What They're Saying About...

Sebastien Bourdais, #2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I don't feel any extra pressure for the championship at this point. I am just keeping focused on what I'm doing right now. I'm approaching the races one by one; it's the guideline right now. I just don't want to change anything. Really the big mistake would be to change what's been working so far for the McDonald's team.

"The race in Montreal was difficult for Newman/Haas Racing last year as neither myself nor Bruno had a good result. During final qualifying, we got a red flag at the wrong moment and hurt our chances to try to improve our starting position. The qualifying session was really close time-wise and we were only 2/10ths of a second back but in sixth place. In the race, our package wasn't as good as it could have been so we know we will need to improve this year. Because of the long straights, horsepower is a big factor. In the race last year we found we had a weak engine so we paid the full price because of the length of the straights. We were going for an okay race -- not great -- but about 15 laps in the differential started to lock and both wheels were completely solid at the end of the first stint which meant the car wouldn't turn, it was just going straight. I was having a terrible time trying to drive it but finally it just broke. We are looking forward to a much better weekend this year. We have been strong at many of the tracks so far this season but the Montreal race is a bit of an unknown to me in terms of how competitive I think we will be.

"At all of the races last season the fans were very supportive of me and the series but I was surprised about the amount of support when I came to Montreal. I'm not one of the Canadian drivers but there were so many French Canadians there and they were very nice to me. There is a nice crowd, the grandstands are full and there are a lot of supporters there. It's a nice feeling -- a bit like home. I hope I can bring them a good result.

(On a grade/score for your results so far this season:) "I think we've done a very good job so far this season. I made a mistake in Milwaukee though. I think the team's grade would be 9 out of 10 and mine would be an eight."

Bruno Junqueira, #6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Last year the race was frustrating for me. I started third but in the race I was too close to the guy in front of me and lost the downforce on the car which caused me to lock my rear tires and spin twice. For the past two years I have finished 13th in Montreal so I am hoping to turn my results around. The PacifiCare team has a good baseline set up and we set the fastest race lap last year and I hope we will have better luck here and have a good race. I really enjoy racing in Montreal, the city is great and so are the fans. The track is nice, it's a good road course in the middle of a park and it has a lot of fast chicanes and hard braking. The Montreal race comes at a part of the season where the championship is heating up. It's going to be really important to have a good strong result and I hope we can put the PacifiCare car on the podium with a win."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Paul Tracy , Sébastien Bourdais