The margin was almost 20 seconds by Lap 76 as he negotiated with lapped cars but he was able to reduce it to 16.5 by Lap 83. More importantly Junqueira needed to continue to build a gap on third place runner Bourdais because he would be making his final pit stop one lap later than Junqueira and could possibly use the track position to his advantage and take over second place. Junqueira was again held up by backmarkers and his margin over Bourdais shrunk to 3.6-seconds by Lap 88 before his Lap 90 pit stop.
Bourdais ultimately got stuck behind traffic as well as Junqueira was able to make his final stop on Lap 90 with ease and return to the track in second place with a safe margin and hold his position when Bourdais made his final stop on Lap 91. He held second place and took the chequered flag 17-seconds behind Paul Tracy who earned his fifth victory this season.
Although he is 20 points back from leader Paul Tracy who has 161, he is 16 ahead of third place Jourdain who finished fourth on the day.
"It is not bad to finish second," said Junqueira. "Unfortunately, second again to Paul Tracy. In 11 races, we have been always very fast, but didn't win yet. On the start, just after the last corner, you have a cone that's supposed to be the start cone. At that point you have to start to accelerate. Ninety-nine percent of the time the drivers that are leading on the pole, everybody just accelerates a little bit before the cone because if you accelerate on the cone, the guy that's in second knows you're going to accelerate there, just accelerate a little bit earlier.
“I felt that in Toronto Paul accelerated earlier than I was expecting him to. Then he got a big jump on me on the start. Today I thought that he's going to do pretty much the same and accelerate a little bit before the cone, and he didn't. Then pretty much I passed him. But I don't know, I have to see on the replay because is difficult anywhere in the car. But when the green flag flew, you pretty much side-by-side. But for sure when I was on the start/finish line, I was in front. I don't know, like in Portland, I wasn't on the front row, and they try to do a lot of starts with Paul Tracy and Michel. It's difficult.
“I mean, it's difficult for me to say anything because I didn't see the replay. But for sure it's much, much worse than losing the pole on Friday. To lose the lead in the middle of the race is a little bit worse.
"But I think all the PacifiCare, Newman/Haas team are doing very good job. We are being very consistent. That's the most important thing. I think now there is going to be this stretch till the end of the year, a lot of back-to-back races. I think the best way to win the championship is to be consistent, and that's what we're going to try to do. Eventually, I hope we can win a race before the end of the year.
"Anyway, today was quite difficult for me. I passed Paul Tracy on the start, and on the third lap after the start, I flat-spotted my right front tire. I did five or six laps not pushing very hard, just make sure that the right front got back in shape. But I saw even if I wasn't pushing, we were able to open a big gap on the third place, that was Patrick Carpentier. And after like 10 laps, whatever, 12 laps, I said, "Now it's time to push a little bit." I start to run 62's. I felt I was lapping 2/10ths faster than Tracy for four or five laps in a row. I was already two and a half seconds in front of him and I was feeling pretty good. I think I had a small flat spot on the tire, I had a little bit understeer on the corner, but the car still handled well, and I was feeling really confident.
“When the team told me that I had to let Tracy by, I couldn't believe it. That has never happened in my racing career. I felt a mix of emotions. And I think when something like this happen, you have two things that can happen. Most often, you get very angry. And this time I didn't get angry, I just got really disappointed. I tried to control myself not to get angry. After turn five, when I let Tracy by, I couldn't believe it. It was a strange feeling. I lost completely the concentration. I was lapping half a second slower. Tracy pulled away from me - not because he was faster, just because I was slower. I couldn't get back to a rhythm.
"Then we came to the pit stop and the guys told me, "We'll have to see what will happen." I stalled in the pits and then I lost some positions again and went down to fourth. Then we did a good pit stop, and I passed Sebastien on cold tires and moved up to second again. Then I just keep a good distance from Sebastien because I knew that he would pit two laps later. I kept like five seconds ahead of him after doing a good out-lap. I beat him out of the pits easy on the last pit stop. It was just a matter to finish the race in second place.