Junqueira Pleased with 3rd Day of Practice for Indy 500 -- 11th OVERALL: At the end of his first run around 12:30 p.m. CST, Junqueira was seventh fast so far. The team returned to the track around 4 p.m. to make "long runs" in order to work on...
Junqueira Pleased with 3rd Day of Practice for Indy 500 -- 11th
OVERALL: At the end of his first run around 12:30 p.m. CST, Junqueira was seventh fast so far. The team returned to the track around 4 p.m. to make "long runs" in order to work on the balance of the car throughout the various levels of fuel. His first of two long runs was cut short by a caution flag for debris. Once Junqueira pitted the team found that one of his tires was cut - most likely from the debris. Once the green flag was displayed, Junqueira returned to the track for a 30-lap run. At the completion of the run the team elected to return to the garage, thus ending their on-track action around 4:40 p.m. Junqueira was ranked ninth fastest prior to the commencement of "Happy Hour" runs between 5-6 p.m.
Bruno Junqueira, No. 36 PacifiCare Honda/G-Force/Firestone: "The car was good. We did two long runs and improved for the second one. We found a better balance and the PacifiCare car was more consistent throughout the run. We ran new tires in the morning and the car was pretty consistent. I'm quite happy with the race setup that we have right now but need to improve a little bit, especially in traffic and that's what we're going to try to do tomorrow. Then we can concentrate on qualifying on Thursday and Friday. Honda has made gains today. We were able to accomplish a lot today so we ended early. We don't race at 5 o'clock so we decided not to run during Happy Hour."
* FAST FACTS: Will be his third race here and first with NHR at this track. Started 20th and finished fifth in his Indy 500 debut with Ganassi Racing in 2001. Won the pole position in 2002 and led the first 32 laps of the race before his engine failed. Retired in 31st place.
* NEWMAN/HAAS RACING FACTS: The 2004 race will mark the 14th for NHR in the Indy 500 and first since 1995. Prior to 2004, the team prepared a total of 20 entries for drivers such as Mario and Michael Andretti, Nigel Mansell and Paul Tracy. NHR's highest finishes in the Indy 500 were second with Mario Andretti in 1985 and Michael Andretti in 1991 and third with Nigel Mansell in his first attempt in 1993...NHR drivers have led a combined total of 773 laps on the famed 2.5-mile Superspeedway (Mario Andretti - 402; Michael Andretti - 337; Nigel Mansell - 34)...Mario Andretti brought the team it's highest start in the event when he won the POLE POSITION in 1987.
ON THE SCHEDULE TOMORROW: Practice will take place from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. CST. Log onto indyracingleague.com for live timing and scoring.