Michel Jourdain Jr., ...
Michel Jourdain Jr., #9 Gigante
Michel Jourdain Jr. skillfully handled the #9 Gigante car through the challenging turns of the Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca to his fourth top-ten qualifying effort of the season in today's provisional Champ Car qualifying where the top eleven drivers are separated by less than one second. Jourdain's crew made the decision to focus on improving the handling of the car and save the softer compound tire sets for tomorrow's final qualifying, where track conditions should warrant quicker times.
Michel Jourdain Jr.
"We improved from this morning's practice, but we still have a lot of work to do. The times are really tight in this front pack and everybody used their softer tire except for the Newman/Haas drivers and that looks to be where we can find some time as we didn't use either set of our soft tires today. So with some changes we know we can do on the car, plus a faster track and two sets of the softer compound tires we should be able to take that combination of factors and squeeze some more time out to move up on the grid for tomorrow."
Jeremy Dale, Team President
Michel is in much the same position as A.J. (Allmendinger, teammate). The #9 crew saved the softer compound tires for tomorrow. That tire is clearly the way to go, and yet we did get both cars in the top-ten for today. I think we're in nice shape heading into final qualifying tomorrow. Michel isn't exactly satisfied with the car and the boys will go to work overnight to get that where he wants it. With that, I'm pretty confident that RuSPORT can qualify both cars in the top-five."