Junqueira Joins Jeannette & Milner At Sebring
Bourdais In #50

Bruno Junqueira 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.

dailysportscar.comThis 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.

“It 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.”

The team's four regular drivers are testing this week at Road Atlanta.


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