2015 Race Reports | News
ELKHART LAKE, WIS (ROAD AMERICA) June 28, 2015– MP Racing's Justin Wilson once again scores a podium finish with a 3rd place showing on the 4 mile permanent road course at the famed Road America race circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. MPR teammates Mark Plourde 4th, Sheri Plourde 5th and Bruno Junqueira 7th all placed in the top ten on Sunday afternoon. Wilson currently sits 2nd in the championship standings just seven points out of 1st.
MP Racing driver Justin Wilson
ELKHART LAKE, WIS June 27, 2015 – MP Racing welcomes GoPro onboard as an associate sponsor through 2017. GoPro currently sponsors the annual Grand Prix of Sonoma Indy Car race at Infineon Raceway each year and MPR is very excited that the company has decided to come together and form a partnership for the coming seasons.
TORONTO, CANADA June 14, 2015 – Justin Wilson, driving the No. 9 CDW sponsored MP Racing Ford-Cosworth Champ Car drove a brilliant race to another podium finish on the streets of downtown Toronto Canada when he placed 2nd on the 1.75 mile 11 turn street circuit at Exhibition Place. MPR placed all four cars in the top six at Toronto. MP Racing drivers Mark Plourde and Sheri Plourde placed 4th and 5th, while Bruno Junqueira finished in 6th. Sunday's 2nd place finish for Justin Wilson puts him at 116 points for the season and just four points out of 1st in the championship standings!
On board shot of MP Racing driver Justin Wilson on the streets of Toronto, CAN
ISTANBUL, TURKEY June 7, 2015 – Driving the No. 11 MP Racing T-Mobile Champ Car, Sheri Plourde drove a very smart and aggressive race to finish 2nd in today's first ever Champ Car Grand Prix of Turkey on the historic Istanbul Raceway circuit. MPR teammate Justin Wilson would finish 4th. Both Mark Plourde and Bruno Junqueira deployed alternate fuel strategies and elected to go with a three stop pit strategy for the 70 lap event. Needing a late pit stop, Mark dropped down to 12th place and battled back to finish 8th while Bruno finished 10th. This was the first time any of these drivers have raced on the Istanbul Raceway.
DETROIT, MI May 31, 2015 – Mark Plourde Driving the No. 8 Lexington Gulfstream MP Racing machine, held off his wife and teammate Sheri Plourde to claim victory on the streets of Belle Isle in Sunday's Chevrolet Grand Prix of Detroit. Sheri Plourde decided to save fuel and deploy the same fuel strategy that her husband did and it worked to perfection, resulting in two podium finishes and the win! It was a wet and wild street battle but it was a day where the type of race strategy you had made all the difference in what kind of day you would have on the track and where you would finish. MP Racing's Justin Wilson drove a strong race but was on the original fuel strategy which required an extra pit stop. Wilson would go on to finish 5th after leading 31 laps. MPR's Bruno Junqueira continued to move through the field all day long and scored once again in the points with a solid 6th place finish in Detroit.
2015 INDIANAPOLIS 500 RACE RESULTS
SPEEDWAY, IN May 24, 2015 – MP Racing's day at the 99th running of the Indy 500 was clean and successful. MP Racing driver Townsend Bell driving the #24 Robert Graham sponsored car started 23rd and finished 14th. MP Racing driver Justin Wilson behind the wheel of the #25 Andretti / Rolling Stones sponsored car started 6th but finished 21st after gambling on fuel towards the end of the race and required a late pit stop which dropped Justin down to 21st place.
Started: 23rd | Finished 14th
Started 6th | Finished 21st
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.
//CENTRIX GRAND PRIX OF DENVER
//JULY 17-19, 2015
J. Wilson P3
M. Plourde P4
S. Plourde P5
B. Junqueira P7
2015 INDIANAPOLIS 500
TOWNSEND BELL P14
ROBERT GRAHAM / MP RACING
JUSTIN WILSON P21
ANDRETTI / MP RACING
//GRAND PRIX OF ROAD AMERICA
01. Mario Dominguez
02. Ricardo Zonta
03. Justin Wilson
04. Mark Plourde
05. Sheri Plourde
01. Ricardo Zonta
02. Justin Wilson
03. Timo Glock
04. Mark Plourde
05. Sheri Plourde