SEBRING, Fla. (March 25, 2004) - PacifiCare driver Bruno Junqueira and teammate Sebastien Bourdais, driver of the McDonald'sÂ® racecar each completed the first of a two-day test at the 1.65-mile road course at Sebring International Raceway late ...
SEBRING, Fla. (March 25, 2004) - PacifiCare driver Bruno Junqueira and teammate Sebastien Bourdais, driver of the McDonald's® racecar each completed the first of a two-day test at the 1.65-mile road course at Sebring International Raceway late yesterday. A total of seven Champ Car drivers took to the track. The team is preparing for the 2004 season-opening round of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series race, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 18.
While it was the third test day of the season for Junqueira, Bourdais got behind the wheel of his race car for the first time since the season-ending event in Australia on October 26, 2003. Under cloudy and windy conditions in Sebring both drivers were able to complete many miles of testing despite a morning set back that was resolved before the afternoon session. By the end of the day, both drivers set a 50.8 lap time around the course.
"We didn't run much in the morning, but we were able to get a lot accomplished in the afternoon," said Junqueira who completed 180 miles on his first day of testing at Sebring. "We worked on our race setup and made some long runs. The car was okay but we still need to improve our race setup. I'm looking forward to running again on Friday."
"It was great to finally get back in the car for the first time in four months," added Sebastien Bourdais, who completed 219 miles of testing. "I took it slow when I first got on track so I could shake the rust off. As the day went on, I felt more and more comfortable in the car. We were able to make some progress on Day 1 so we hope to continue this on Thursday."
Bourdais will run again today while Junqueira will undertake his second day of testing at Sebring on Friday.
Newman/Haas Racing, 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 will begin their 22nd season in Champ Car competition in 2004 and will attempt to score their fifth overall title after winning 73 races and 77 pole positions. Current drivers Bruno Junqueira and Sebastien Bourdais 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.brunojunqueira.com, www.sebastienbourdais.com or www.champcarworldseries.com.