First two day test a success for Newman/Haas driver Junqueira; Laguna Seca next stop before CART'S Annual Spring Training. SEBRING, Fla. (January 13, 2003) --- Brazilian Bruno Junqueira completed his first two-day test with Newman/Haas Racing...
First two day test a success for Newman/Haas driver Junqueira; Laguna Seca next stop before CART'S Annual Spring Training.
SEBRING, Fla. (January 13, 2003) --- Brazilian Bruno Junqueira completed his first two-day test with Newman/Haas Racing late Friday, January 10 at the 1.65-mile road course at Sebring International Raceway and ran a combined total of more than 400 miles over the two days in the new Ford/Cosworth-Lola-Bridgestone package. Newman/Haas Racing will attempt to defend their 2002 CART title in the upcoming Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford series set to open on February 23, in St. Petersburg, Fla. as well as earn their third consecutive season-opening victory.
"I was looking forward to the test for a long time and I think it went well," said Junqueira. "I was more comfortable in the car as the test went on and was able to get to know my crew for the first time. We were trying new set-ups for the Ford engine and working to adapt the team's existing set-ups to our new package. We know we have more things to learn before we are ready for the first race but everyone is excited about starting the season."
Junqueira will begin his third season in the Championship Auto Racing Team's (CART) premier series in 2003 and first at NHR. He was the runner-up in the 2002 CART Championship to NHR driver and fellow Belo Horizonte, Brazil native Cristiano da Matta and won races in Japan and Denver, finished on the podium six times and earned four pole positions.
"We were able to complete a good amount of miles for Bruno's first test which was our first priority," said Brian Lisles, General Manager of Newman/Haas Racing. "We knew he is a talented driver based on his performance and the fact that he was one of the biggest threats we had to win the 2002 championship but being able to work with him enforced that belief. Not only were we attempting to learn how to best communicate with him, we were also learning about the Ford/Cosworth. We left Sebring with a long list of things we want to work on before we run in Laguna Seca and Spring Training."
The next scheduled test for Newman/Haas Racing will take place at the Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca road course January 25-27 and will be followed by CART's annual Spring Training media event which will be held at Sebring International Raceway Feb. 4-6.
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 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford racing series sanctioned by Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART). The team will begin their 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 70 pole positions. Current drivers Bruno Junqueira and (tbd), 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 or www.cart.com.