PACIFICARE DRIVER JUNQUEIRA AND McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS COMPLETED TWO-DAY TEST AT PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY PORTLAND, Ore. (April 15, 2005) -- PacifiCare driver Bruno Junqueira and McDonald's0x00ae driver Sebastien Bourdais completed a...
PACIFICARE DRIVER JUNQUEIRA AND McDONALD'S DRIVER BOURDAIS COMPLETED TWO-DAY TEST AT PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
PORTLAND, Ore. (April 15, 2005) -- PacifiCare driver Bruno Junqueira and McDonald's0x00ae driver Sebastien Bourdais completed a two-day test on the 1.96-mile Portland International Raceway road course yesterday and continued to learn new race setups in order to defend their 2004 title earned by Bourdais as well as earn their first back-to-back title in the 2005 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season.
"We tried different race setups and worked on a few areas and came away with some new knowledge," said John Tzouanakis, team manager for Newman/Haas Racing. "We were a little off the pace of the fast guys and would have liked to have seen faster times but overall we were happy to gain the knowledge we did."
Junqueira completed 232 miles of testing in his primary car and 24 in his backup over the two days while Bourdais completed 279 in his primary car and 53 in his backup. At the end of the test Junqueira was ranked fifth overall while Bourdais was ninth or the drivers present at the test.
Next up for the Champ Car World Series will be the Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix in Monterrey, Mexico on May 22.
Newman/Haas Racing LLC, owned by actor/race car driver Paul Newman and racing entrepreneur Carl A. Haas, is the most successful team competing in the Champ Car World Series. The team is in the midst of their 23rd season in Champ Car competition in 2005 and will attempt to score their sixth overall title after winning 83 races and 86 pole positions. Current drivers Sebastien Bourdais and Bruno Junqueira were preceded at the team by Mario and Michael Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Paul Tracy, Christian Fittipaldi and Cristiano da Matta. For more information log on to www.newman-haas.com, www.sebastien-bourdais.com, www.brunojunqueira.com or www.champcarworldseries.com.