CHAMPCAR/CART: Herdez Bettenhausen Detroit race report

Herdez Bettenhausen's 200th Champ Car start came to an early end today on lap four when driver Michel Jourdain Jr. tangled with Alex Zanardi in turn three. Although the damage to both cars was not significant, both were unable to continue the race.

Herdez Bettenhausen's 200th Champ Car start came to an early end today on lap four when driver Michel Jourdain Jr. tangled with Alex Zanardi in turn three. Although the damage to both cars was not significant, both were unable to continue the race. This is the first DNF (did not finish) classification for Jourdain in the 2001 season.

Michel Jourdain, Jr.

"In the first couple of laps I got passed by Alex Tagliani and Paul Tracy. But on the third lap, I got back past Tracy. Zanardi was going pretty slowly and I was working to get around him as we went into that corner. I had my car on the inside line to the corner and I'm sure he saw me. But he turned across the front of me anyway and put us both out.

"It's really a shame because I could tell already that the car was the best it had been all weekend. That's what so frustrating - not getting the opportunity to show that the car was fast and we could be competitive even though we didn't qualify too well.

"But I do think we are in very good shape going on to Portland. The track here at Detroit is a little different from other ones we race on but I think we learned some things that will carry over to next weekend - and the rest of the season."

-HBM

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Alex Zanardi , Michel Jourdain