CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Team Rahal Friday qualifying report

Vasser eighth on first day at Denver; Jourdain battles slippery track and is 15th. DENVER, CO . . . The first day of the inaugural Shell Grand Prix of Denver found the drivers of the CART FedEx Championship Series adjusting to the slick surface...

Vasser eighth on first day at Denver; Jourdain battles slippery track and is 15th.

DENVER, CO . . . The first day of the inaugural Shell Grand Prix of Denver found the drivers of the CART FedEx Championship Series adjusting to the slick surface of the temporary street course. The weather cooperated as conditions were picturesque in the 'Mile High City."

Shell driver Jimmy Vasser claimed eighth on the provisional grid with a fast lap of 93.811 mph. Vasser posted his fast lap without the benefit of having run a second set of tires when the session was red flagged for an on track incident.

Gigante driver Michel Jourdain Jr. didn't find the additional speed he had hoped to find in the afternoon session and subsequently is 15th on the provisional gird at 92.731 mph. Jourdain only picked up a tenth of a second from the morning to the afternoon and thus dropped from his spot in the top-ten after practice.

Qualifying for the Shell Grand Prix of Denver will continue on Saturday at 1:45 PM. SPEED Channel will carry qualifying live at 3:30 PM EDT on Saturday and the race live at 3:00 PM EDT on Sunday.

Jimmy Vasser (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires) - "This track is very unusual. It is very bumpy in some spots and very slippery in others. It is almost like we are running in the rain. I know this race is going to be wild on Sunday with these kind of track conditions. I thought we had a car for the top-five today but the red flag came out before we could make our final run on new tires. The car is not terrible but we have to find some overall grip. There are other cars that obviously have better grip and they are the ones ahead of us on the grid. The grip will improve for everyone as the weekend goes and the times will get faster."

Michel Jourdain Jr. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires) - We lost a lot of grip from this morning. We spun the tires a lot in the afternoon. It was like a skating rink out there this afternoon. We tried a lot of different things but nothing seemed to help. We will have to back to the garage and look over the data. This track is so much different than where we were last week. You always go through this kind of adjustment when you go to a street course, plus this is our first time here.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Michel Jourdain