IRL: Bruno Junqueira Indy 500 Test Thursday notes

Junqueira 13th of 26 Drivers Who Tested at IMS Today INDIANAPOLIS (April 29, 2004) - Bruno Junqueira, 27, completed 202.5 miles today in his No. 36 PacifiCare Honda/G-Force/Firestone race car and logged over 327 miles for the two day open test...

Junqueira 13th of 26 Drivers Who Tested at IMS Today

INDIANAPOLIS (April 29, 2004) - Bruno Junqueira, 27, completed 202.5 miles today in his No. 36 PacifiCare Honda/G-Force/Firestone race car and logged over 327 miles for the two day open test around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He set the ninth fastest lap in the afternoon session (216.897 mph) and was 13th fastest overall for the day of the 26 drivers who ran.

"We learned some things during the test and will now make a long list of the things we need to work on when the track opens on May 9," said Junqueira. "It was the first time we worked together as a group and with the new aerodynamic package and Honda engine. We still have a long way to go but we are making progress."

The team will now return to their satellite office in Gasoline Alley to continue preparations for opening day for the 88th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 9.

"This test was an opportunity for everyone to get to know each other as well as get to know the new aerodynamic package on the G-Force," said Tim Wardrop, race engineer. "It was more of a learning experience for us than anything else. The test has put us a step closer to being ready for the month of May. We are looking forward to coming back then and building on the experience we learned the past two days."

Newman/Haas Racing is the second most successful open-wheel team racing today with 73 wins, 78 pole positions and 184 top-three podium finishes. The team is in the midst of their 22nd season of competition after being formed late in 1982. Current drivers Bruno Junqueira and Sebastien Bourdais were preceded at the team by Mario and Michael Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Paul Tracy, Christian Fittipaldi and Cristiano da Matta. For more information log on to www.newman-haas.com, www.brunojunqueira.com, or www.sebastien-bourdais.com.

-NHR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Bruno Junqueira , Christian Fittipaldi , Paul Tracy , Cristiano da Matta