CHAMPCAR/CART: Herdez Bettenhausen Fontana qualifying report

The 500 presented by Toyota Saturday, November 3, 2001 California Speedway, Fontana, California 2.029-mile oval Track Record: 2000 Gil de Ferran 30.255 seconds 241.428 mph* * world closed-course record for auto racing While only able to complete...

The 500 presented by Toyota
Saturday, November 3, 2001
California Speedway, Fontana, California
2.029-mile oval
Track Record: 2000 Gil de Ferran 30.255 seconds 241.428 mph*
* world closed-course record for auto racing

While only able to complete one of two possible qualifying laps, Michel Jourdain Jr. made the most of that one lap, qualifying in the 7th position for tomorrow's final event of the CART FedEx Championship Series, The 500 presented by Toyota. Ford-powered entries dominated the qualifying, taking five of the top seven positions on the grid.

Time: 32.220
Speed: 226.704 mph
Position: 7th

Michel Jourdain Jr. - Driver
"I'm pretty happy with our qualifying effort, though it's not as important here on the big ovals as it is at some other tracks. We had one of the strongest cars on the track here last year and the car has been handling well all weekend so I'm sure our second lap would have been faster. For sure we have a good car for the race tomorrow. We'll need to stay on the lead lap and, with a solid car under me and good pit strategy, we should be there fighting for the lead at the end."

Fast Facts
* The 500 Presented by Toyota marks Jourdain's 101st start in the CART FedEx Championship Series, his 98th consecutive start (beginning at Vancouver in 1996), and his 40th start for Herdez Bettenhausen.

* Jourdain has qualified in the top-ten five times so far this season; Long Beach (7th), Nazareth (3rd), Twin Ring Motegi (7th), Michigan (6th), and California (7th).

* In Jourdain's last appearance on a 2-mile superspeedway, the Harrah's 500 presented by Toyota at the Michigan International Speedway, he scored the first podium of his Champ Car career with a 3rd place finish.

* Jourdain currently stands 20th in the Drivers Championship with 30 points.

What's on tap
CART 2Day airs at 12:30 p.m. Sunday on ESPN2, while ESPN's live race broadcast begins at 3:30 p.m. ET. Sunday's race will also air on the CART Radio Network and on CART's official website, www.cart.com.

-HBM-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Michel Jourdain