CHAMPCAR/CART: NHR Bourdais Arizona test notes

Lilly driver Bourdais completed his final "pre-season" test days at Arizona Motorsports Park yesterday. PHOENIX, Ariz. (April 18, 2003) - Lilly driver Sebastien Bourdais completed a two-day test at the new 2.23-mile, 16-turn Arizona Motorsports...

Lilly driver Bourdais completed his final "pre-season" test days at Arizona Motorsports Park yesterday.

PHOENIX, Ariz. (April 18, 2003) - Lilly driver Sebastien Bourdais completed a two-day test at the new 2.23-mile, 16-turn Arizona Motorsports Park yesterday and was pleased with the results. Initially Newman/Haas Racing had planned to join more than one-half of the Champ Car World Series field at Portland International Raceway earlier this week but the weather forecast, which called for rain, convinced them to move the final two days of Bourdais allowed eight test to Arizona.

"We only had two test days left of our eight that had to be used before the end of April so we decided to move the test to Phoenix," said Bourdais, 24. "It was a productive test and we learned quite a lot. It's hard to simulate a specific track but we learned some fundamental things that will hopefully help us throughout the season."

Bourdais completed over 300 miles on Wednesday and over 150 on Thursday with a best lap time of 71.7 around the new road course that opened in March in Litchfield Park. Visteon driver Oriol Servia also tested at the track with Bourdais.

"We had a very good test," said Brian Lisles, General Manager for Newman/Haas Racing. "On the first day we focused on aerodynamic parts that we will utilize for the rest of the season and found some things that we think will help us remain competitive. On the second day, we concentrated on mechanical areas that could help improve our performance. Overall we are very pleased with what we were able to accomplish over the two days."

Bourdais, 24, won two of the first three pole positions so far this season as well as led all three events. Bourdais, PacifiCare driver Bruno Junqueira and all of Newman/Haas Racing are now focused on preparation for the next two rounds of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford in England and Germany. Neither team driver has competed at Brands Hatch in the United Kingdom while the 154-lap race at EuroSpeedway in Lausitz, Germany will mark the first oval race of the season as well as the first oval race for rookie Bourdais.

Television coverage for the London Champ Car Trophy from the historic Brands Hatch circuit in Kent, England will be carried by CBS Sports beginning with a Champ Car Season Preview show at 12:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 10, and will be followed by the race broadcast, which airs at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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 sanctioned by Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART). The team is in its 21st season in CART in 2003 and will attempt to score their first back-to-back CART title as well as their fifth overall after winning 68 races and 72 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 reigning 2002 CART Champion Cristiano da Matta. For more information log on to www.newman-haas.com, www.brunojunqueira.com, www.sebastien-bourdias.com or www.cart.com.

-NHR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Bruno Junqueira , Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Nigel Mansell , Paul Newman , Sébastien Bourdais , Cristiano da Matta