IRL: Indy 500: Newman/Haas Racing Fast Friday report

RAIN LIMITED TEAM CENTRIX DRIVERS BOURDAIS AND JUNQUEIRA'S ABILITY TO WORK ON INDY 500 QUALIFYING SETUPS FOR MBNA POLE DAY TOMORROW Sebastien Bourdais, No. 37 Team CENTRIX Honda/Panoz/Firestone: "We were only able to make one qualifying attempt...

RAIN LIMITED TEAM CENTRIX DRIVERS BOURDAIS AND JUNQUEIRA'S ABILITY TO WORK ON INDY 500 QUALIFYING SETUPS FOR MBNA POLE DAY TOMORROW

Sebastien Bourdais, No. 37 Team CENTRIX Honda/Panoz/Firestone: "We were only able to make one qualifying attempt before the rain came. Obviously it wasn't the kind of speed we expected but the balance was good. Realistically we took enough drag out of the car to expect a bigger improvement than we had. We should have been at least another mile and a half quicker but we discovered something on the car that might explain why we were slower than we expected. Tomorrow is another day though. Today we weren't satisfied wit P9 (position nine) so hopefully we will be satisfied with a top-five tomorrow."

Bruno Junqueira, No. 36 Team CENTRIX Honda/Panoz/Firestone: "I only ran three laps (at speed) and the car didn't feel right so we came back to the garage. We found some things that could explain why the car was acting the way it did and were fixing them then it started to rain. It's a shame that we didn't get to work on our qualifying setup because we had to concentrate on our race setup this week. It's important that we learn as much as we can in the morning practice and then we can try to make a strong qualifying run."

NEXT UP: The field will be split into two groups which will each have 30 minutes of practice tomorrow morning before the entire field begins a one-hour practice at 10:00 a.m. CT. Qualifying for the first 11 positions will take place from 12 noon to 6 p.m. CT and will be televised from 1-4 p.m. on ESPN, 4-6:00 p.m. on ABC and from 6-7:00 p.m. All TV times are Eastern. Log onto www.indyracingleague.com for live timing and scoring.

-nhr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Sébastien Bourdais