//CHAMP CAR GRAND PRIX OF THAILAND
//OCTOBER 17 - 19, 2014
M. Plourde P3
B. Junqueira P4
S. Plourde P5
//GRAND PRIX AMERICAS
01. Simon Pagenaud
02. Ricardo Zonta
03. Mark Plourde
04. Bruno Junqueira
05. Sheri Plourde
01. Ricardo Zonta
02. Mark Plourde
03. Simon Pagenaud
04. Sheri Plourde
05. Enrique Bernoldi
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2014 Race Reports
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.
TORONTO, CANADA - July 20, 2014 - MP Racing has fantastic weekend at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Toronto as driver Mark Plourde had a dominant weekend by taking the pole on Saturday and then capturing victory on Sunday afternpoon.
Mark Plourde, behind the wheel of the No. 8 Lexington Energy/Gulfstream MP Racing Ford Cosworth-Bridgestone car, captured the pole for the Race on Saturday. Mark kept the race lead right from the standing start and after the first 10 laps, he pulled out a 7.11 second gap on the 1.75-mile, 11-turn downtown temporary street circuit. In a dominating performance, Mark led 68 of the 80 total laps to victory. Knowing that rain was on the way, Mark's crew set his car to a wet setup which helped Mark build a big lead. On lap 19 rain started coming down and that caused other drivers to pit for rain tires, With Mark already on a rain setup, he remained out on track and built a big lead. Today's race came down to strategy on how to handle the wet weather and Mark's team won that challenge.
Sheri Plourde, driving the No. 11 Tide/Canary Fund/T-Mobile Ford Cosworth-Bridgestone machine started 6th and she was sitting back there conserving her fuel and tires to complete the race in 2 stops. Once the rain started falling around lap 20, Sheri pitted for rain tires and more fuel. On her last pit stop of the day, the team short filled Sheri's car and that moved her up into 4th place. Sheri once again earns a top five spot and continues to stay close in the points race.
MONT-TREMBLANT - QUEBEC CANADA - May 11, 2014 - MP Racing driver Sheri Plourde put on her strongest performance of the young 2014 season, by winning in fine style today on the tight permanent road course at Mont-Tremblant. Sheri set the pace early on around the 2.439-mile, 12-turn Canadian road circuit.
Sheri Plourde, piloting the No. 11 Tide | Canary Fund | T-Mobile MP Racing machine, started on the pole and right from the drop of the green flag she set the tone for the whole race. Sheri would go on to build up a comfortable 29.1 second lead at one point.
Mark Plourde, driver of the #8 Lexington Energy | Gulfstream MP Racing Cosworth/Bridgestone/DP01 Champ Car started 4th and kept his cool throughout the 90-lap contest and drove a smart, patient race, avoiding numerous on-track incidents. Many cars were running off course which made Mark's race difficult at times. At one point, the wing from another car lodged under Mark's car and, showing his veteran experience, he drove over a curb to remove the piece of wing instead of pitting which would have cost him valuable track position. On lap 60, Mark made his way into 2nd place behind his wife and teammate Sheri. He used all of his ability to catch up to Sheri but was unable to make up anymore track position and settled for a podium in 2nd.
Bruno Junqueira, Driving the #18 Z-Line Designs MP Racing Champ Car started in 2nd today and remained in the top five for the entire race. Bruno received outstanding pit work from his #18 pit crew and slowly, but surely, battled his way into the top-three where he spent much of the race, and in fact led a couple laps during pit stops, Bruno made his final pit stop on lap 71, and rejoined the race in fifth place and moved into fourth with just four laps remaining. All three MP Racing cars had top five finishes.
POST RACE COMMENTS: MARK PLOURDE
"I knew this race was going to be a good one and it sure was. The whole MPR team did great today," Mark said. "It was one of those days when you feel you have the pace, if you can just keep your front wing on and not get hit you can usually have a good day, a good result and earn strong points and that is what we did. I am really really proud of my wife Sheri. What a drive, what a drive for her. She sure does love this track (3rd win by Sheri Plourde at Mont-Tremblant since 2009). The whole MPR team did awesome pit stops and the car was pretty strong. We faded a bit at the end on old tires. We lost the balance on the car, but it doesn't matter. It's a strong 2nd place finish and that was what we were shooting for this weekend." Mark concluded
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.
MONTERREY, MEXICO - April 6, 2014 - MP Racing driver Mark Plourde has strong overall weekend with 2nd place showing at Monterrey, Mexico at Fundidora Park Raceway. MP Racing's Sheri Plourde finishes 5th while MPR's third driver Bruno Junqueira has solid race finishing 6th today.
Mark Plourde, driver of the #8 MP Racing Lexington Energy/Gulfstream machine, simply had an outstanding weekend. He was among the fastest drivers in every practice session and qualified third. When the race started the trend continued as Mark moved right into second place shortly after the drop of the green flag where he remained until pitting for the first time on lap 27. Mark would drop down to 6th place until all pit stops cycled through. Mark remained in the top five for the rest of the race and went on to place 2nd for his first podium finish of the 2014 season.
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - March 30, 2014 – MP Racing had a very eventful opening of the season today on the streets of St. Petersburg, FL. Sheri Plourde fought hard all day to finish 8th while Mark Plourde had a top five finish well in hand before a penalty wiped it away, placing him 10th.
Sheri Plourde, behind the wheel of the No. 11 Tide/T-Mobile MP Racing machine started 6th and was moving up during the first several laps. Sheri hung with the top five cars for most of the race. Sheri was consistently in the top-five in the closing laps until lap 85 when she was passed by several drivers on fresher tires then her. Sheri did hold her ground but lost 4 positions back to 8th!
Mark Plourde, driver of the #8 Lexington Energy/Gulfstream MP Racing entry, started way back in 16th after his qualifying session was marred by red flags and constant frustration. From the drop of the green flag it was obvious this was going to be a tough day on the challenging 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit and despite a strong driving performance by Mark and outstanding work by his crew they simply could not overcome all of the difficulties thrown their way during the 90 lap race. Mark was held up by slower cars for much of the race and on lap 46, once Mark was clear of slower traffic and had finally moved his way up to 5th place. A yellow flag was thrown for debris on track and race officials penalized Mark and the #8 team for failing to lining up correctly for the restart. After serving his drive through penalty Mark was 17th and had to battle hard in the closing laps to finish 10th.
“It was just a tough race,” Mark said. “Slower guys from the back of the grid ruined the start of the race and I lost two positions on the first lap. I also bumped into a couple cars and we had some damage on the left front that affected the car's performance. Despite all that, we were going to have a really good result because we had a really fast car and I was moving up quickly. Then just as I was going to make my third pit stop, we were late coming back out so I was penalized for not lining up in time for the green and that really set us back. I was 5th and then suddenly 17th so I had to drive my tail off to gain track position. The good news is that we have a fast car so our time will come soon.”
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - February 20, 2014 - MP Racing announced today that Bass Pro Shops have joined the team as an associate sponsor for the 2014 season. MP Racing welcomes Bass Pro Shops as they expand their racing interests beyond Nascar and into the world of Open Wheel Racing.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - January 24, 2014 - MP Racing announced today that Monster Energy and Hydroxycut have entered into a partnership with MPR for the 2014 racing season.
"One of our goals at MP Racing is to create true, integrated global partners for our race team," said Mark Plourde. MP Racing welcomes both partners onboard for the 2014 season and beyond.