Michel Jourdain Jr.
AM Practice 23rd 1 minute 2.885 seconds 87.417 mph
PM Practice 11th 1 minute 13.567 seconds 74.724 mph (wet session)

"This morning we ran both cars during the session. The first car was pretty good but we tried some things on the back up car that I didn't really like.

"This afternoon's session in the rain gave us some problems with getting traction but I think we found some things that could work well if it rains tomorrow in qualifying."

Fast Facts

* The Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston marks Jourdain's 98th start in the CART FedEx Championship Series and his 95th consecutive start (beginning at Vancouver in 1996). This is his 37th start with Herdez Bettenhausen and his fourth at Houston.

* 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 21st in the Drivers Championship with 24 points.

<pre> Results Houston Year Start Finish 1998 23 25 1999 21 18 2000 24 18

What's on Tap

Qualifying for the Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston will take place Saturday beginning at 1:45pm, following a final 75-minute practice session in the morning. Television coverage of qualifying will air on ESPN2 on Sunday morning beginning at 2:30am ET. Live timing and scoring will be available online at www.cart.com.

-Herdez Bettenhausen