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Jourdain loses pole after Gigante car fails tech. MONTEREY, CA . . . The joy of Michel Jourdain's pole winning run turned to disappointment after the Gigante car failed Champ Car Technical inspection on Saturday afternoon. For being ...

Jourdain loses pole after Gigante car fails tech.

MONTEREY, CA . . . The joy of Michel Jourdain's pole winning run turned to disappointment after the Gigante car failed Champ Car Technical inspection on Saturday afternoon. For being underweight.

Jourdain posted the five fastest laps of the qualifying session and grabbed the pole with a lap of 69.530 seconds on his 12th lap. He had apparently claimed his second pole position and picked up a valuable championship point. Ninety minutes later Champ Car World Series officials stripped Jourdain of his qualifying times from Saturday when the car was found to be six pounds under the minimum weight. Forced to use his times from Friday, Jourdain fell to 13th on the grid.

Team Rahal released a statement following the ruling. "We are shocked and baffled at this development. The crew weighed the Gigante car just prior to qualifying and the car was overweight. The numbers just simply don't add up. We are currently investigating the discrepancy in the weight of the car. We feel bad for Michel who did a fantastic job in qualifying today. We hate to see his success taken away because of an error by the team."

Players Forsythe Racing's Patrick Carpentier captured the pole position with a lap of 115.800 mph. Jourdain enters Sunday's race with a ten point lead (77-67) on Paul Tracy and Bruno Junqueira.

Team Rahal Statement on Technical Inspection Ruling

"We are shocked and baffled at this development. The crew weighed the Gigante car just prior to qualifying and the car was overweight. The numbers just simply don't add up. We are currently investigating the discrepancy in the weight of the car.

"We feel bad for Michel who did a fantastic job in qualifying today. We hate to see his success taken away because of an error by the team."

The Grand Prix of Monterey will resume will be broadcast live on CBS at 3:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday afternoon.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Patrick Carpentier , Paul Tracy , Michel Jourdain