CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Target rookies ready for Monterrey

Monterey, Calif. - Target Chip Ganassi Racing rookie drivers Bruno Junqueira and Nicolas Minassian make their CART FedEx Series debut in Sunday's Grand Prix of Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. The talented duo recently revealed their ...

Monterey, Calif. - Target Chip Ganassi Racing rookie drivers Bruno Junqueira and Nicolas Minassian make their CART FedEx Series debut in Sunday's Grand Prix of Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. The talented duo recently revealed their thoughts about the upcoming race, adjusting to life in the U.S. and driving for the team a has won four of the last five FedEx Series championships and the 2000 Indy 500.

Q: What's on your mind heading into the season opener in Monterrey?

Bruno Junqueira: "I really want to race well, especially for the guys who worked hard all winter during our off-season testing. Team Target has done a good job preparing the Toyota-Lola, and I'm confident we can go to Monterrey and have an opportunity to win."

Nicolas Minassian: "I am ready to get in the car right now!(laughs) Like Bruno, I am very confident going into the season opener, and I can't tell you how happy I am that the season is almost ready to begin." Q: What are your impressions of the team so far?

Nicolas: "Target Chip Ganassi Racing is a very professional, first-class organization. It's like a big family. There's a lot of motivation to succeed, and it's easy to see why they have had so much success. Even though it is a very big team, everyone works together for one goal, which is to win the championship."

Q: What tracks are you looking forward to visiting this year?

Bruno: "Elkhart Lake. No question about it. It has everything that I like in a track. Elevation changes, fast corners and plenty of places to pass. I can't wait to get there! Also, I am very excited about racing at Indianapolis. I'll never forget back in 1989, when Emerson Fittipaldi won the Indy 500. I was 12 years old, watching that race thinking, I want to race there and win, too."

Q: Which of you is the better diver?

Bruno: (Laughs)"That's me, of course."

Nicolas: "No, Bruno, I am (laughs). The problem with Bruno is that he drives too slow on the road. I call him Mr. Lightfoot. He never goes more than 60 miles an hour on the highway."(laughs)

Q: Has it been difficult to adjust from being rivals last year to teammates this year?

Nicolas: "No, it is great. We are working very well together. We know that helping each other is only going to make us, and the team, better. We have always respected each other on and off the track, and that has made our relationship very strong."

Bruno: "I agree with Nicolas.  Even tough we are teammates this year, we are
still rivals on the tennis court.  And I can beat him at tennis." (laughs)

-TCGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Nicolas Minassian , Emerson Fittipaldi , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing