CHAMPCAR/CART: Herdez Bettenhausen Vancouver qualifying

Michel Jourdain Jr. "In the session this morning we had a little problem with the primary car and had to change to the spare. The back up car was set up a little differently but we learned some things from that too. "In qualifying, we were just...

Michel Jourdain Jr.
"In the session this morning we had a little problem with the primary car and had to change to the spare. The back up car was set up a little differently but we learned some things from that too.

"In qualifying, we were just experimenting a little at the beginning of the session. I think the car was going very good toward the end but the traffic was really bad. I caught Bryan (Herta) on the fast corner. He was on the line and I had to lift off the throttle completely to get around him. That for sure would have been my best lap.

"For tomorrow, we'll need some luck with the yellow flags but I think we have a very good car and I feel confident we'll have a good result."

Fast Facts
* The Molson Indy Vancouver marks Jourdain's 95th start in the CART FedEx Championship Series and his 92nd consecutive start (beginning at Vancouver in 1996). This will be his 34th start for Herdez Bettenhausen and his sixth start at this event. Jourdain's best finish at Vancouver was 10th in 1998.

* At his first event (Long Beach 1996), Jourdain made history by becoming the youngest driver ever to start a Champ Car event at 19 years, seven months and twelve days old. Tomorrow, he will celebrate his 25th birthday. He remains the third-youngest driver competing in the series, behind only Scott Dixon and Bruno Junqueira.

* At Round 11, 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 23rd in the Drivers Championship with 16 points, just 2 points shy of his 2000 season total.

What's on Tap
Race day coverage begins with CART 2Day at 11:00am ET Sunday on ESPN2. The 100-lap Molson Indy Vancouver begins at 2:00 pm local time. The TV broadcast on ESPN2 will be tape-delayed by one hour, beginning at 6:00pm ET. Live coverage will be carried on the CART Radio Network and live timing and scoring will be available online at www.cart.com.

-HBM

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Michel Jourdain