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

OVERALL: Junqueira suffered an apparent right front suspension failure that became evident after he ran over the curbing on the exit of Turn 12. His suspension bent and he was unable to make the left-handed turn and drove into the tire wall. ...

OVERALL: Junqueira suffered an apparent right front suspension failure that became evident after he ran over the curbing on the exit of Turn 12. His suspension bent and he was unable to make the left-handed turn and drove into the tire wall. This occurred on his first run. He was unable to complete the rest of the qualifying session and ended eighth overall. The majority of the field were unable to improve on the best time they set in Friday's provisional qualifying due to traffic on the course and two red flag stoppages.

Sebastien Bourdais, No. 2 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I went out on new tires but I kept running into the red flags. There was a lot of traffic on the track as well so it was difficult for anyone to get a clear lap so we weren't able to do faster laps than yesterday's times. There were a lot of surprises for a lot of people during the session. I'm happy to put the McDonald's 0x08e1r third on the grip and to be starting up front."

* FAST FACTS: Will be his second race...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 but charged back through the field and finished third...Leads the point standings with 164.

Bruno Junqueira, No. 6 PacifiCare Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone: "I think something happened to the car before I hit the curb. The PacifiCare car felt different for a while. I wasn't confident in it so I slowed down to get a feel for the car. Maybe I started to damage the suspension slowly, then it broke when I went over the curb. It's a shame because me car was so good in the 15 minute warm-up that I thought we could go for the pole. With all of the red flags and traffic maybe we could have at least been fastest in the session today and started second. With old tires I ran the third fastest time so with new tires we could have definitely gone faster and run up front. We will now try to fix the car for the race and hopefully have a good one and work our way to the front."

* FAST FACTS: Will be his fourth race here...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...Second in the point standings with 136.

* NHR IN VANCOUVER: NHR has won THREE races at this track (Michael Andretti - 1996, 1992, 1991) and FOUR poles (Da Matta - 2002; Mi. Andretti - 1992, 1991, 1990). They have earned a total of eight podium finishes (2nd - Junqueira 2003, Mi. Andretti 1998; 3rd - Bourdais 2003, Fittipaldi 1996, Ma. Andretti - 1990).

* ATTENDANCE: The Molson Indy Vancouver announced Saturday attendance was 50,801 with a two-day total of 95,014.

ON THE SCHEDULE TOMORROW: The morning warm-up will begin at 9:00 tomorrow with the Molson Indy Vancouver set to begin at 1:00 p.m. PT.

-nhr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Roberto Moreno , Paul Tracy , Sébastien Bourdais