Bruno Junqueira

Full Name:
Bruno Futado Junqueira
Born:
4th November 1976 (Age 43)
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais
Nationality:
Brazilian
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Quite what Bruno Junqueira thought as Jenson Button clinched the 2009 Formula 1 World Championship is not recorded. It may seem an age ago but the two young chargers were contenders for a drive with the Williams F1 team in 2000 and the choice was only made on the morning of the launch.

The Englishman was Williams’ man and his fluctuating F1 career eventually resulted in the greatest prize of all. In contrast, Junqueira never did start a Grand Prix and his promising career fizzled out as an occasional sports car driver in North America.

Early career in South America

Junqueira started racing karts in 1987 and graduated to the Sud-Am Formula 3 Championship in 1994. He spent the next three seasons in the series which he dominated in 1997 with a PropCar Dallara F394-Opel.

FIA Formula 3000 Championship

When Junqueira moved to Europe a year later it was directly into the 1998 FIA Formula 3000 Championship. He scored a couple of points finishes for Draco Engineering and won his first race at Hockenheim in 1999 when driving for the Petrobras Junior Team. Fifth in the championship, Junqueira tested for Williams that autumn.

The Brazilian remained with Petrobras for his third F3000 season and scored three early wins in a row as he narrowly beat Nicolas Minassian to the title. It was a performance that led to that ultimately unsuccessful Williams showdown test with Button.

Champ Car World Series

Rather than graduate to F1 in 2001, Junqueira moved to Champ Cars and his two seasons with Chip Ganassi Racing brought race wins and second in the 2002 championship behind compatriot Cristiano da Matta. He also raced in the Indy Racing League-sanctioned Indianapolis 500 – finishing fifth on his debut in 2001 and qualifying on pole position a year later.

Junqueira replaced the F1-bound da Matta in Newman-Haas Racing’s line-up for the 2003 Champ Car World Series and continued to be the category’s nearly man – finishing as runner-up that year and the next. He started 2005 as if he would finally win the title – leading the championship after victory in the second round in Monterrey.

Again he entered the Indy 500 and was running in the top five when he came to lap A.J.Foyt IV in Turn 2. The cars touched and Junqueira was launched into the wall. He suffered a broken back that ended his promising campaign.

He was fit enough to return in 2006 for what proved to be his last season with Newman-Haas. Fifth in the championship after a winless campaign, Junqueira joined Dale Coyne’s underachieving squad for 2007 before transferring with the team to Indycars a year later. Sixth at Watkins Glen was the best result of 2008 – his most recent full season in American open-wheel racing.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2016 World Endurance Championship
Greaves Motorsport
1 0 0 0 0
2012 World Endurance Championship
RSR Racing
1 0 0 0 0
2012 IZOD IndyCar Series
Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
35th 12
2010 IZOD IndyCar Series
FAZZT Race Team
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
39th 13
2008 IRL IndyCar Series
Dale Coyne Racing
16 0 0 0
0% win rate
20th 256
2007/2008 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport
Argo Racing Cars
4 0 0 0
0% win rate
6
2007 Champ Car World Series
Dale Coyne Racing
14 0 3 0
0% win rate
7th 233
2006/2007 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport
PSM-ISR-Charouz
6 0 0 0
0% win rate
4
2006 Champ Car World Series
Newman-Haas Racing
14 1 3 0
0% win rate
5th 219
2005 IRL IndyCar Series
Newman-Haas Racing
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
36th 10
2005 Champ Car World Series
Newman-Haas Racing
2 0 2 1
50% win rate
19th 59
2004 IRL IndyCar Series
Newman-Haas Racing
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
28th 30
2004 Bridgestone Champ Car World Series
Newman-Haas Racing
14 1 10 2
15% win rate
2nd 341
2003 Bridgestone Champ Car World Series
Newman-Haas Racing
18 2 9 2
12% win rate
2nd 198
2002 Indy Racing League
Chip Ganassi Racing Team
1 1 0 0
0% win rate
51st 1
2002 FedEx Championship Series
Chip Ganassi Racing Team
19 4 6 2
11% win rate
2nd 163
2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series
Chip Ganassi Racing Team
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
37th 30
2001 FedEx Championship Series
Chip Ganassi Racing Team
20 (1) 1 1 1
5% win rate
16th 68
2000 FIA International F3000 Championship
Petrobras Junior Team
10 2 5 4
40% win rate
1st 48
1999 FIA International F3000 Championship
Petrobras Junior Team
9 (1) 1 2 1
12% win rate
5th 20
1998 FIA International F3000 Championship
Draco Engineering
12 0 0 0
0% win rate
14th 3
1997 Sud-Am F3 Championship 1st -