Slow racin'

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, Last Updated: 11:07 AM ET

A touch slower might prove a lot better for fans watching the main race of the Rexall Edmonton Indy, says Bruno Junqueira.

Both the veteran driver and team owner Dale Coyne are one of the "transitional" teams jumping into the IndyCar Series after racing in ChampCar, carrying first-hand knowledge of the track.

"For a fan point-of-view it's the same, both open-wheel race cars that look the same," the Brazilian said yesterday about any differences between the Indy and Champ cars. "The aerodynamics are very similar, but the Indy cars have a little bit less power, like two or three seconds slower around a lap. So people from outside cannot really see the difference.

"But the thing about this, is with a little bit less power you spend a little bit more time on the straights and there will actually be more chances to overtake. So the race should be even more exciting (for those who drove here before), especially with 27 cars on the racetrack."

Junqueira says the transition teams might have a jump out of the gate, but it may not last long.

"I think we're going to have a little bit of an advantage. We know the track, but I'm sure the good IRL teams, they already know the track, as well," he said, referring to various sources of video footage and track data that may have been available.

"And, when you go to any track (for the first time) the drivers need like five laps longer (to grasp it for the first time.) They are different cars, so I don't think the same set-up from (a ChampCar) will work as well."


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