CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland: Newman/Haas Racing Saturday report

JUNQUEIRA EARNED FIRST POLE SINCE 2004 FOR TOMORROW'S G.I. JOE'S CHAMP CAR GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND; BOURDAIS TO START THIRD AND ATTEMPT TO WIN HISTORY-MAKING FIFTH IN A ROW Bruno Junqueira, No. 2 Hole in the Wall ...

JUNQUEIRA EARNED FIRST POLE SINCE 2004 FOR TOMORROW'S G.I. JOE'S CHAMP CAR GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND; BOURDAIS TO START THIRD AND ATTEMPT TO WIN HISTORY-MAKING FIFTH IN A ROW

Bruno Junqueira, No. 2 Hole in the Wall Camps Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Getting my first pole since the accident and after such a disappointing season so far and what happened in Milwaukee is like getting a win! I'm very happy for myself and for the whole Newman/Haas team. It's been a difficult year so far and yesterday was very difficult too; we were very much off the pace. I got the help of Sebastien and his team. We changed the setup a lot towards his setup and the car was much better this morning. Then we tried to improve a little bit more. My first run was good, but I knew that the car still had a little bit of understeer so we made some changes. On the second run, my first flying lap was 7.9 and I knew that 7.7 was the pole. I said 'I'm 2/10ths off of it.' I really pushed everything, took all the risks and the lap was great. I ran a 7.6 and I was quite happy with that. Actually very happy because the next one was supposed to be the last one and I couldn't make turn 12 very well and I lost 2/10ths there. I'm quite happy with the result to be on the pole after a long time. After my accident, it's the first time I'm on the pole, so I'm quite happy with that. I'm very happy for the work the whole Newman/Haas team did for me, especially after a very difficult weekend in Milwaukee, and very difficult day yesterday. It's very nice to come here and rebound and come away with the pole."

Sebastien Bourdais, No. 1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Well, we were fifteen-thousandths (of a second) short. That's about as close as I can remember any qualifying session being that I ever did. I'm very happy for Bruno. I think he's been through an extremely rough time and it's good to see him back up there. The whole Newman/Haas team did its best to bring the whole thing together. I think we have a great package once again, both the McDonald's car and the Hole in the Wall Camp car are both performing very well. I think it's a perfect setup for us for the race so we'll see how it goes. Historically we've had extremely good cars on long runs. I'm fairly confident with our chances to fight for the win once again. It's a tough one. I think anything can happen tomorrow with the (pit/fuel) windows the way they are and everything. We'll see where we're at, at the end of the race. You could see another da Matta win from P10 or P15 so we'll see what happens."

ON THE SCHEDULE TOMORROW: The G.I. Joe's Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland will take begin at 12:30 p.m. PT tomorrow.

-nhr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Sébastien Bourdais