2015 Race Reports | News
LONG BEACH, CA April 19, 2015 – MP Racing's Justin Wilson once again grabs a spot on the podium in today's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach CCWS race by placing 2nd. His MP Racing teammates Mark Plourde and Sheri Plourde places third and fifth today while Bruno Junqueira battled back from an early gear box issue to finish in 10th. With only two caution periods coming in today's 75 lap race, fuel strategy played a big part in the race. MP Racing driver Justin Wilson was also credited with having the fastest overall race lap on lap 53 when he set a lap time of 1:08:21 seconds.
MONTERREY, MEXICO - April 12th, 2015 – In a rain and caution filled race that made things often difficult for the Champ Cars during the Tecate Telmex Grand Prix of Mexico. MP Racing drivers had to battle through difficult on track conditions to complete the event. Sheri Plourde was the biggest mover as she passed 12 cars to make her way up into 4th. Justin Wilson started at the front and was able to secure a solid 2nd place to take the point lead. Both Bruno Junqueira and Mark Plourde were involved in on track incidents. Bruno's car was repairable and he bounced back to finish 12th while being three laps down. Mark Plourde's car was heavily damaged and his race ended on lap 63 of the 80 lap race. Mark Plourde would be shown in 16th.
#11 Sheri Plourde
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - March 29th, 2015 - MP Racing's Justin Wilson wins season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. MPR teammates Mark Plourde, Bruno Junqueira and Sheri Plourde finish 4th, 6th and 9th.
MP Racing driver Justin Wilson claims victory on streets of St. Petersburg
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - January 14, 2015 - MP Racing is pleased to welcome CDW Corporation as an associate sponsor for the 2015 and 2016 season. CDW is a leading provider of technology products and services for business, government and education. MP Racing is very excited to partner with CDW and looks forward to building a successful working relationship with them in the coming years.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - September 8, 2014 - MP Racing welcomes Apple Computer Corporation onboard as an associate sponsor for the last few races of the 2014 season as well as all of 2015 & 2016. The Cupertino, California based company has been a leader in the technology field for decades and has also led the tech industry for the past five years. Apple, Inc. is the world's second largest Information Technology company in revenue generated. MP Racing is very pleased to have Apple as a partner and looks forward to working with them for many years to come.
PORTLAND, OREGON - April 27th, 2014 - MP Racing driver Bruno Junqueira has solid race in the rain at PIR in a messy Mazda Grand Prix of Portland. Mark Plourde avoids trouble to finish 4th while Sheri Plourde placed 7th today.
Bruno Junqueira, driving the No. 18 Z-Line Designs MP Racing Cosworth/Bridgestone Champ Car, qualified on the pole and right from the drop of the green flag, he started setting the race pace. The #18 team employed a two stop fuel strategy and came in early each time. The heavy rain often made it difficult to see but Bruno was unaffected by the conditions. Late in the race on lap 72 of 85, Bruno pitted early while Rocketsports driver Enrique Bernoldi remained on track instead of pitting. That dropped Bruno to 2nd where he finished.
POST RACE COMMENTS: BRUNO JUNQUEIRA
"I am happy with today's result," Bruno said. "The car was really fast in the rain today. We could have won but our fuel strategy was to pit early in each fuel window and that hurt us. We wanted to use the two stop pit strategy and despite alot of yellow flags we still made it workout. It was a very physical race with alot of twists and turns. Everyone on my team did a great job."
Mark Plourde in the No. 8 Lexington - Gulfstream Champ Car and Sheri Plourde driving No. 11 Tide | Canary Fund - MP Racing Cosworth/Bridgestone machine, started 3rd and 7th today and worked the whole race picking up one position at a time. Mark and Sheri had to avoid an accident on track involving two other cars. Sheri's front wing was damaged in the collision and required an extra pit stop which put her back in 10th. She would battle back for 7th place. Mark was lucky and made it through without any contact. Mark was up into 4th and made a last second effort to steal 3rd but was unable to pass on the final lap and settled for 4th.
//MAZDA GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND
//MAY 8-10, 2015
J. Wilson P2
M. Plourde P3
S. Plourde P5
B. Junqueira P10
//GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH
01. Ricardo Zonta
02. Justin Wilson
03. Mark Plourde
04. Mario Dominguez
05. Sheri Plourde
01. Justin Wilson
02. Ricardo Zonta
03. Timo Glock
04. Robert Doornbos
05. Mark Plourde
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