CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Newman/Haas Racing race report

Pacificare driver Junqueira third in Molson Indy Toronto; Lilly driver Bourdais fourth WINNER: Paul Tracy 3rd: Bruno Junqueira (ran as high as 2nd) 4th: Sebastien Bourdais BRUNO JUNQUEIRA, ...

Pacificare driver Junqueira third in Molson Indy Toronto; Lilly driver Bourdais fourth

WINNER: Paul Tracy
3rd: Bruno Junqueira (ran as high as 2nd)
4th: Sebastien Bourdais

BRUNO JUNQUEIRA, #1 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"I really think that if I had been ahead of Jourdain after the last stop, I would have been able to pressure Paul (Tracy). Newman/Haas gave me a very reliable car. Considering I haven't had the best of luck in Toronto in my past two races here, it's good to get a podium. I made a mistake on the last stop and locked up the tires coming in the pit box. The PacifiCare crew did a good job to get the tires on but we lost second place to Jourdain. Considering the fact that I got hit on the first stint by Alex (Tagliani), I'm glad to finish on the podium. It could have been much worse. Alex looked like he was going to go into the tires and miss the turn but at the last minute he made it but came right on the racing line where I already was. He got a great start and made a bonsai move on me to get by. I'm disappointed for him because he is a great driver and did a great start and he's Canadian so I know how important this race was to him. At the time I think my car was faster than him but I wasn't going to be able to get around him so I was just saving fuel and my tires. I was going to catch up to him before the first stop so they crew could try to get me out ahead of him. I was a slower than Tracy at the beginning but if we had been in second place after the last stop, the car had improved enough that I think we could have put pressure on him. I was close to Jourdain to see if he would make a mistake but then I got some pickup on my tires and it slowed me down a little. It's amazing how consistent me, Paul and Michel are. In the past, if you finished second or third in a race you would be happy but it's not the case anymore because you have to win in order to get any advantage."

NOTES:

It was his third race here and highest start (2nd) and finish... Started third and finished 14th after a mistake by rookie Townsend Bell caused contact and his retirement from the event in 14th place. Started 20th in rookie season here and finished 13th after contact with Fittipaldi. Both incidents were in the same location - the hairpin...Is currently in second place in the point standings with 124, only 15 behind leader Tracy who has 138.

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS, #2 Lilly Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"On the first lap, I locked up at the inside of Turn 3 and had to back off the throttle. When I went back on the throttle there was nothing (power) there. The revs were so low. It was my fault, when I got back on the throttle in first gear it was too late and they (Servia and Moreno) had already passed me. I was able to close the gap to the cars in front of me on each stop and the Lilly crew was able to get two guys in two stops and we got by Pat (Carpentier) when he pitted one lap before us on the second stop. The car was pretty good but we were at a disadvantage as a rookie because I had to use my tires up more in the practice and only had one set of new ones for the race compared to the others that probably had two or three. They started the race with bigger potential and more rubber on their rear tires. The last 10 laps of each stint were very, very hard for me. It was good to be able to finish in the top-four though. Apart from the three wins, this is the most points I have scored in a race so far this season. If we can keep this consistency and build on it for the rest of the races, we should be able to move up in the rank."

NOTES:

Was his first race here... He earned four poles (3-road course; 1-oval) and three wins in nine events so far. (He started in second place in England and fifth in Long Beach.) Has won a total of six bonus points this season (Friday & Saturday in St. Pete; Saturday in Monterrey, Saturday and Sunday in Germany; Friday in Cleveland)...He is currently ranked 5th in the point standings with 86 points.

TEAM NOTES: The team has won SIX races here (da Matta - 2002; Mi. Andretti 2000, 1995, 1992, 1991, 1989) and TWO POLES (da Matta 2002; Mi. Andretti 1991) as well as 13 PODIUM FINISHES (2nd - Mi. Andretti 1998, 1991, 1990), (3rd - Junqueira 2003, Fittipaldi 2002, 1999; Ma. Andretti 1986). LAST YEAR IN TORONTO: da Matta matched a CART record with his fourth consecutive win after leading 112 laps here. Fittipaldi finished third.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Paul Tracy , Townsend Bell , Sébastien Bourdais