CHAMPCAR/CART: Herdez Bettenhausen Gold Coast Friday practice notes

Honda Indy 300 - Round 20 the CART FedEx Championship Series Friday, October 26, 2001 Surfers Paradise, Queensland Australia 2.795-mile/4.498-km, 12-turn temporary street course Track Record: 1999 Dario Franchitti 1:31.703 109.724 mph Herdez ...

Honda Indy 300 - Round 20 the CART FedEx Championship Series
Friday, October 26, 2001
Surfers Paradise, Queensland Australia
2.795-mile/4.498-km, 12-turn temporary street course
Track Record: 1999 Dario Franchitti 1:31.703 109.724 mph

Herdez Bettenhausen #16 Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Firestone

Michel Jourdain Jr. and the Herdez Bettenhausen team completed only two timed laps today as persistent rains put a damper on opening day activities for CART's only appearance in the southern hemisphere. While the teams are capable of running in the rain on a street circuit, sunny conditions forecast for the next two days caused almost all of the teams to "play it safe" and stay put in pit lane.

Time: 1:40.451
Speed: 100.168 mph/161.201 kph
Position: 10th

Michel Jourdain Jr. - Driver
"Well, it's pretty disappointing to not get to run much today. But it's not expected to rain the rest of the weekend so there's really nothing to be learned from pounding around out there. You really don't want to take a risk of banging up some equipment.

"I've had a great time in Australia since I arrived. Two of my friends are traveling with me on this trip so we spent a couple of days in Sydney sightseeing before we came up here to Queensland."

Fast Facts

* The Honda Indy 300 marks Jourdain's 100th start in the CART FedEx Championship Series and his 97th consecutive start (beginning at Vancouver in 1996).

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

* At the Harrah's 500 presented by Toyota at the Michigan International Speedway, Jourdain scored the first podium of his Champ Car career with a 3rd place finish.

* Jourdain currently stands 22nd in the Drivers Championship with 24 points.

Surfers Paradise Results
Year Start Finish
1997 25 18
1998 25 26
1999 18 12
2000 16 7

-HBR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Michel Jourdain