CHAMPCAR/CART: Newman/Haas Sebring Spring Training notes 2003-02-06

Bourdais fastest in Champ Car Spring Training; Junqueira 2nd. 1st Sebastien Bourdais 50.584 / 118.781 mph 2nd Bruno Junqueira 50.804 / 118.266 mph OVERALL: Each driver ran two sessions today. Junqueira ran in the first session, while Bourdais...

Bourdais fastest in Champ Car Spring Training; Junqueira 2nd.

1st Sebastien Bourdais 50.584 / 118.781 mph
2nd Bruno Junqueira 50.804 / 118.266 mph

OVERALL: Each driver ran two sessions today. Junqueira ran in the first session, while Bourdais ran in the second and third and Junqueira completed the test by running in the fourth session. Junqueira was the fastest driver in his session with 30 minutes to go before his day ended when the clutch malfunctioned. However, no driver was able to beat his time in the final 30 minutes. Each driver concentrated on making long runs on old tires in each of their first sessions and ran in qualifying trim for their second.

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS, #2 Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "We learned a few things from the test and it was good to see how we compared to all of the other teams. We still have a lot of work to do to be ready for the first race though. I was also able to get some practice doing pit stops. The car was really good and consistent on full tanks and old tires. It was amazing. Near the end of my session the track was getting faster and faster. The track was almost black with rubber in the last session. It's a shame that Bruno didn't get to run at the end when it was the fastest. With each day, we are getting closer and closer to being ready for the first race but there is still much work to do."

BRUNO JUNQUEIRA, #1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Overall the test was very good. To have a small problem end our test is disappointing but it is good to have these problems during tests rather than in a race. We were able to get a good balance on the car with full tanks and old tires in the morning session. The PacifiCare car was good in the afternoon session but we were never able to run on new tires because of the problem and see the potential of the car. I am confident that we were capable of a faster lap time."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Sébastien Bourdais