CHAMPCAR/CART: Jourdain Chicago Friday notes

Jourdain picked up 2/10ths of a second from the morning practice to the afternoon session as the team worked to find the optimal set up for tomorrow's qualifying for the Target Grand Prix. "We are still working on finding the right balance for...

Jourdain picked up 2/10ths of a second from the morning practice to the afternoon session as the team worked to find the optimal set up for tomorrow's qualifying for the Target Grand Prix.

"We are still working on finding the right balance for the car. The car is definitely better than it was this morning but we still have work to do for tomorrow."

Jourdain is still suffering the effects of a large blister that developed on his left heel following last week's Harrah's 500. The staff at the CART Medical Center have been working with Jourdain to assist in the healing process as well as protect the spot from further aggravation.

"The doctors made a sort of U-shaped frame to lift my heel from the bottom of the footbox. It's still a little difficult to walk but it worked quite well in the car. By the end of the session, the tape had slipped a little and it was starting to hurt but it's definitely getting better each day."

Fast Facts

* 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 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 22nd in the Drivers Championship with 16 points, just 2 points shy of his 2000 season total.

Qualifying for the Target Grand Prix will begin at 1:30pm (CDT) on Saturday, July 28th, following a final 90-minute practice session (split into two 45-minute groups) in the morning. Television coverage of qualifying will air on cable network ESPN2 at 6:00pm EDT (5:00 pm local) same day. Live timing and scoring will be available online at www.cart.com.

-HBM

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series IndyCar