Junqueira Joins Jeannette & Milner At Sebring
Bourdais In #50
seems to be so keen to go racing again – after his big accident
at Indianapolis last May – that he’s announced (on his
website, in Portuguese) that he’ll be
racing for Multimatic Motorsports Team Panoz at Sebring in just
over two weeks’ time.
He’s expecting to share the #51 Esperante
with Gunnar Jeannette and Tom Milner – while the suggestion
is that Sebastien Bourdais will race the #50, with Scott Maxwell
and David Brabham.
“The 12 hours of Sebring will not only mark
my return to the races, since my accident in May, but also my first
long test of endurance,” says the Newman-Haas Champ Car driver.
“I know that it will be a great challenge to adapt to this
type of event, I have never ran so long a test, with other drivers.
In the truth I have thought about starting to participate in races
of this type, mainly the ones that happen during our off season,
so as not to lose the rhythm of competition, (especially) since
now we have a delayed beginning to the Champ Car season.”
2004 saw Junqueira finish as runner-up to his Newman-Haas
team-mate, the Frenchman Bourdais.
There are several
obvious associations between Multimatic, Panoz and Newman-Haas,
not least that Multimatic is reponsible for the development of the
shock absorbers on the Newman-Haas Lolas – which will be replaced
with Panoz chassis in 2007.
news is now confirmed, Bourdais explaining that "our testing
is very restricted in Champ Cars so it is handy to get additional
miles at this time of year. The race is going to be very interesting
as well because the competition in GT2 is looking very strong –
I am really looking forward to the battle.
is also great to do the race with Multimatic. We know each other
well from what they do for NHR in Champ Cars and obviously from
the Mustang race I did with Dad in January (at Daytona). The Panoz
campaign also looks to be in very good shape since Multimatic took
over the entire program this year as well.”
four regular drivers are testing this week at Road Atlanta.