Junquiera looking for U-turn in Ohio

Fresh from landing global food retailer McDonald's as a part-time sponsor, the Newman/Haas Racing team has no intention of clowning around in Cleveland this weekend. Sitting second in the overall Champ Car standings the team has good reason to be confident of a decent showing this weekend, its drivers having provided a top five finish at all six road courses raced on this season

Junquiera looking for U-turn in Ohio

But the Ohio venue has not been kind to Bruno Junquiera in recent years. The Brazilian collected 13th place at the airport circuit in 2002 and retired in 23rd place, after contact with Christian Fittipaldi, the year before.

"Unfortunately I haven't have very good luck in Cleveland yet but I think we can turn that around this year. I was fourth last year but my engine blew late in the race but the No. 1 PacifiCare car will be really strong on that type of track and we will try to fight for the win."

Rookie team-mate Sebastien Bourdais has yet to race there but knows roughly what to expect. "I have heard that the Cleveland race is a good one from a drivers' perspective because the track is so wide open, and you can push yourself harder without the increased risk of hitting the wall like on street courses," he said.

"We have the potential to run well but I hope we can also start finishing the races again. Apart from our two wins we have not scored many points and we plan to turn that around in Cleveland."

The Musco company has rolled out its lighting towers as Champ Car celebrates the Independance Day weekend with its second ever race under lights, the first ever on a road course. "It's going to be the first experience for me as well as CART on a road course at night," said Bruno Junquiera. "But the night race in Milwaukee was such a success, I think Cleveland will be even bigger."

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