Bruno Junqueira will make a return to the Indy 500 with AJ Foyt's teamFoyt Enterprises founder AJ Foyt has announced that Bruno Junqueira will pilot a second car for the team at the centenary running of the Indianapolis 500.

A former ChampCar racewinner and Williams F1 test driver, Junqueira was a polesitter at the event in 2002 and has twiced finished fifth at the great oval race. Last year, he qualified the second FAZZT entry on ‘Bump Day’ with just a handful of practice laps under his belt. It was the Brazilian’s sole outing of the 2010 IndyCar season.

The 34-year-old – who currently races in the American Le Mans Series – will pair up with compatriot Vitor Meira.

Team boss Foyt was certainly pleased with having secured this deal, and said: “Bruno certainly knows his way around Indy — every time he’s run there, he’s been fast. I think it’ll be great and it will make us a stronger team for Indy.”

And a thrilled Junqueira talked up his prospects when the announcement was made.

“I am very happy! First, because I love the race; second, because the biggest champion in that race is AJ Foyt – he won as a driver, he won as a team owner, and third, I’m going to have Vitor as my team-mate who is a good friend and a good driver so I think it’s a perfect combination.”

[Original image via IZOD IndyCar Series]

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