IRL: Indy 500: Newman/Haas Racing day five report

TEAM CENTRIX DRIVERS BOURDAIS AND JUNQUEIRA CONTINUE TO WORK ON RACE SETUPS FOR THE INDY 500; HOPE WEATHER ALLOWS WORK ON QUALIFYING Sebastien Bourdais, No. 37 Team CENTRIX Honda/Panoz/Firestone: "We're not sure why we are quicker today but ...

TEAM CENTRIX DRIVERS BOURDAIS AND JUNQUEIRA CONTINUE TO WORK ON RACE SETUPS FOR THE INDY 500; HOPE WEATHER ALLOWS WORK ON QUALIFYING

Sebastien Bourdais, No. 37 Team CENTRIX Honda/Panoz/Firestone:

"We're not sure why we are quicker today but we'll take it.JI went through a fog of debris from Darren's accident. Luckily it missed my head! It could have been the end of the Team CENTRIX patrol but we were lucky. I was following Bruno closely and I saw that he went low to avoid Darren (Manning) so I went high around him and hoped for the best. Obviously the CENTRIX car is a lot better, I am able to follow more closely in traffic. We are really far behind the others but we found both speed and consistency in traffic and by ourselves so we accomplish quite a lot today. I hope it doesn't rain tomorrow so we can work on our qualifying setup."

Bruno Junqueira, No. 36 Team CENTRIX Honda/Panoz/Firestone:

"I had to go full throttle so he (Darren Manning) didn't hit me when he slid down the track. Sebastien and I got lucky to avoid being collected in his accident. The CENTRIX car is a little bit better but we didn't make as much progress today. It's a shame that we didn't get to work in more traffic. We went out with full fuel and new tires to do long runs to work on our race setup. Sebastien ran behind me to make his car better in traffic but I didn't run behind him so we still need to do more work. Tomorrow we need to trim the car and work on our qualifying setup to get ready for Saturday. I hope the weather cooperates like it has so far."

NEXT UP: Practice will resume tomorrow from 12-6 p.m. CT in preparation for the first day of qualifying on Saturday, May 14. Log onto www.indyracingleague.com for live timing and scoring.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Bruno Junqueira , Sébastien Bourdais