Bruno Junqueira is not a man who takes any sort of defeat lightly but even he had to admit that he was pleased to finish second behind his Newman-Haas teammate Sebastien Bourdais in Sunday's Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix at Fundidora Park.

Far from the rather dour figure that emerged from his cockpit after being beaten soundly by Paul Tracy in Long Beach, the Brazilian driver was all smiles after leading twice for five laps and maintaining a close second in the overall standings behind Bourdais.

"I think the result was very good for the whole PacifiCare Newman/Haas team, and actually, the McDonald's Newman/Haas team as well," said Junqueira, who like his teammate, was dehydrated and exhausted after the 72-lap race. "It was a great result, finishing 1-2 on the podium with Sebastien. It was a good race."

At one point Junqueira seemed as though he might have gained the upper edge over his teammate as the field made their second round of pitstops although a demon 'in' lap by Bourdais allowed the Frenchman to keep his lead for the final run to the chequered flag.

"Everyone had different pit strategies, which made it interesting and a bit of a challenge," added the 2003 Championship runner-up. "It was a close race between me and Sebastien, thanks to a great effort from both of the Newman/Haas squads. I am happy with the results and it is great to obtain these points."

Junqueira will now turn his attention to next weekend's Indianapolis 500, where he will start his PacifiCare sponsored Newman-Haas Racing G Force-Honda from the inside of the second row.



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