CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver: Newman/Haas Racing preview


Driver Stats

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS, #2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: - IN VANCOUVER: Will be his second race here. Started fifth but collided with Roberto Moreno at the start of the race and also made contact with a bunched field after a pit stop and had to return to the pits to replace the nose of his race car. Had dropped to 11th, made a race high six pit stops but charged back through the field and finished third.

- LEADS 2004 POINT STANDINGS: Earned one point for being fastest in final qualifying in Long Beach although he started second to his teammate Junqueira, who set the fastest overall time in qualifying. Ran the fastest lap of the race and finished third...Won the Monterrey, Mexico race from his second consecutive pole at the track as well as set a new track record for his fastest race lap and took over the points lead for the first time in his CCWS career...Started second in Milwaukee but crashed on 50/250 laps and dropped to fourth place in standings with 62 points...Won from pole in Portland after he led 85 of 94 laps...Provisional pole was taken from him in Cleveland on Thursday after CCWS stewards ruled he blocked the qualifying lap of Ryan Hunter-Reay. He started third and won his third race of five this season after leading 88 of 97 laps to move him to second in the standings...Started on pole, led 75 of 84 laps, ran fastest race lap and earned his third consecutive victory in the series as well as his fourth of the season to earn the points lead...Holds 28 point lead over second place Junqueira, 164-136.

BRUNO JUNQUEIRA, #6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: - IN VANCOUVER: Will be his fourth race here. In 2003 he was the provisional polesitter on Friday but started second to polesitter Paul Tracy. Took the lead once the green flag came out and led the first 17 laps before Champ Car stewards ruled he had illegally taken the position and told him to allow Tracy to regain the lead. Finished second. Started third and finished 14th in 2002 after contact with Townsend Bell. Started 20th and finished 13th after contact with Christian Fittipaldi in 2001.

- SECOND IN 2004 POINT STANDINGS: Started on pole, led one lap and finished second in Long Beach...Drove to a second place finish after starting fourth in Monterrey, Mexico...Qualified 10th and finished 5th on the only oval race on the schedule in Milwaukee but moved into the lead of the standings with his finish...Maintained points lead after started and finished second in Portland. Was the provisional polesitter on Friday but received a penalty in Saturday's qualifying and settled for a second place start. Ran the fastest race lap...Started sixth in Cleveland but finished second despite dropping to 13th due to avoiding an opening lap accident. Was his fourth second place finish of the season and third 1-2 for the team. Also set the fastest race lap...Started third in Toronto but was involved in an opening lap accident with Mario Dominguez and retired in 18th place. Lost lead in standings to teammate Bourdais who won the event...Second in point standings with 136 points to leader Bourdais' 164.

What They're Saying About...

Sebastien Bourdais, #2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Vancouver was a tough race for us. We had a pretty terrible start and ran into Roberto (Moreno) at the beginning and then had a crash when I left the pits with a new set of tires. There was a pack up on the race track and I bumped into the guys and had to stop again to change the front wing. It just went from bad to worse for five laps and then after we had a pretty clean race we worked all the way back and finished third so I was pretty pleased with the performance of the McDonald's car. It's a pretty tough race track and experience counts a lot.

"It's a challenging track and as a matter of fact it probably has one of the longest full throttle periods of time during the year with Elkhart Lake. From Turn 4 all the way down, it's flat even through the kink so you are a long time at full throttle. It's exciting. There is high braking and the corners are slow which makes it an interesting and challenging track. Push to Pass will be very powerful if you use it there but you won't have so many shots. You can only use a couple of times so you have to make sure if you use it you pass. Compared to last year we have the same level of speed but the thing is we are much more successful and we haven't had bad luck so far. It's a much better year for us. We have a full time sponsorship with McDonald's and that helped our program. Things are looking pretty good. We won four races out of six and we just hope to continue this. I think when I have clean air in front of me I don't make a lot of mistakes. I try not to make mistakes when I get up front. The toughest part is to get up front and then basically you just hang on.

"Vancouver is a nice city. You have a bit of everything with the mountains and the sea. There is also a nice party at the end of the weekend so we can celebrate if we do well."

Bruno Junqueira, #6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "Last year in Vancouver there was a big battle between me and (Paul) Tracy. We were fighting every day for the pole. I got the pole on the first day and he got the pole on the second day. At the start I passed him and after 17 laps in the race they said I blew the start and they told me to let Tracy pass me. That was the most unusual thing to happen to me in my life. It was difficult because I lost my concentration for 20 or 30 laps until I picked up the pace again. That was enough for Tracy to open a big lead.

"Vancouver is a good race track. I like to race in the city of Vancouver. It's one of my favorite cities we race in all year. Last year I finished second and this year I hope the PacifiCare car will do even better because the Championship is very close. It will be important to finish well.

"I like racing in Vancouver - it's a nice city with a lot of race fans. That's for sure the nicest thing about racing in Vancouver. It's a very beautiful city with a lot of mountains and the ocean. I wish I had more time to spend a few days there.

"I think in Vancouver the Push 2 Pass will be a big factor because of the long straight on the back of the track. If you use it right you can pass the guy in front of you."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Roberto Moreno , Sébastien Bourdais