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IndyCar racer Junqueira to race at SpeedFest this weekend

Monday, June 05 2017

Brazilian former IndyCar driver Bruno Junqueira will make his first racing appearance in a decade at Brands Hatch this weekend (10-11 June), with an outing in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series with the Mishumotors team.

Junqueira is returning to a venue he last competed at a decade ago when he represented his home nation in the season finale of the A1 Grand Prix season. Prior to that, he also competed when American single-seater racing last visited Brands Hatch in 2003, during his stint with Newman/Haas Racing in the Champ Car Series.

Junqueira was one of the Champ Car Series leading lights during the early '00s, winning races every year from his debut in 2001 with Chip Ganassi racing through to 2005, finishing as championship runner-up three times. During his stint with Chip Ganassi, Junqueira claimed pole position for the 2002 Indy 500 and led the race at a record pace during the opening stages before later succumbing to mechanical woes.

Prior to his time in America, Junqueira was FIA International F3000 Champion, and he came within a hair's breadth of becoming an F1 driver with Williams before getting edged out by Jenson Button. In more recent times, Junqueira has contested stock car races in his home country, and appeared in sports car racing.

Junqueira said:"I have great memories of when I raced IndyCar at Brands Hatch in 2003. It is a good track with a great crowd. I am looking forward to go back and drive a NASCAR for the first time."

Junqueira joins a top-quality field at Brands Hatch this weekend, where he will line up alongside 2000 NASCAR Champion Bobby Labonte, 1993 Le Mans-winner Christophe Bouchut, and 1991 Formula Ford Festival winner Marc Goossens.

Tickets for American SpeedFest V at Brands Hatch on 10-11 June are available online for £24 with free entry for under-13s. Click here   or call 0843 453 9000 to book now and secure yourself the best price!