CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Team Rahal race report

Team Rahal claims a pair of top-ten results in the Shell Grand Prix of Denver. DENVER, CO . . . Team Rahal drivers Michel Jourdain Jr. and Jimmy Vasser finished ninth and tenth respectively in the inaugural Shell Grand Prix of Denver in front of...

Team Rahal claims a pair of top-ten results in the Shell Grand Prix of Denver.

DENVER, CO . . . Team Rahal drivers Michel Jourdain Jr. and Jimmy Vasser finished ninth and tenth respectively in the inaugural Shell Grand Prix of Denver in front of an estimated crowd of over 50,000.

Jourdain in the Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola started tenth and finished ninth keeping alive his streak of scoring points in every race this season. The 25-year-old native of Mexico City is the CART leader in laps and miles completed and he is the only driver to have finished every race this season.

Jimmy Vasser drove the Shell car to his ninth top-ten result of 2002. Vasser extended his personal point streak to a season high four straight races.

Chip Ganassi Racing's Bruno Junqueira posted his second win of the 2002 season and moved into sole possession of second place in the championship standings. CART points leader Cristiano da Matta finished third and extended his lead in the championship to 52 points with five races remaining.

Jimmy Vasser (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires) - "We just couldn't get a flow in the race. I was running behind Michel at the start and while we got past him on the first pit stop, I was still caught in traffic. The traffic forced us to pit early as we were trying to get a clear track. Once I got on a clear track I was able to turn some quick laps. Unfortunately we were too far behind. It seems like I have guys constantly coming out of the pits on full fuel and cold tires and that slowed me up. The car was better at the end of the race as out lap times showed. Everyone was expecting a lot of attrition today so we went into the race looking to finish. I think something like 14 cars were running at the end so our strategy didn't pan out as planned."

Michel Jourdain Jr. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires) - "It was one of those races that everybody thought was going to be big on attrition and then pretty much everyone finished. Then there wasn't a big first lap crash like everyone, myself included, thought there would be. We ran some pretty fast laps during the race but we just got too far behind from the start. The car didn't handle well early, but in the middle of the fuel runs it was very fast. We did qualify better this weekend but we just couldn't get into position to make the passes. That was a little frustrating. We keep finishing races and we are proud of continuing that streak, but we want to be on the podium and win races."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Bruno Junqueira , Chip Ganassi , Cristiano da Matta , Michel Jourdain
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing