CHAMPCAR/CART: Lausitz: Team Rahal qualifying report

Jourdain Jr. third in qualifying for German 500 LAUSITZ, GERMANY...Team Rahal's Michel Jourdain Jr. matched his best ever start on an oval by qualifying third for Sunday's German 500 at the EuroSpeedway. Jourdain piloted the Gigante car to the...

Jourdain Jr. third in qualifying for German 500

LAUSITZ, GERMANY...Team Rahal's Michel Jourdain Jr. matched his best ever start on an oval by qualifying third for Sunday's German 500 at the EuroSpeedway. Jourdain piloted the Gigante car to the third spot on the grid with a fast lap of 195.386 mph. The third place start matches Jourdain's best ever oval start which came at Nazareth in 2001. and it his fourth top-five start of the 2003 season.

"I am very happy to have qualified in the top three, of course the Gigante car was very good today right from the start," said Jourdain. "I was flat out this morning on just my fourth lap. Tomorrow is such a long race that is doesn't matter where you qualify at the front or the back still it is good to up front. As we have seen this year there are a lot of things that have to go right for you to win a race."

"With a long race like tomorrow there are going to be a lot of pit stops (five stops mandated) and so the pit crews will play a big role. I have a lot of confidence in my crew and I know that they will be a big factor in the race. Team Rahal has been the team to beat in Champ Car when it comes to the big tracks over the last couple of years so I knew I would have a very good set-up and a competitive car. I feel very good for tomorrow. I know we can finish on the podium and who knows maybe this will be my first win."

"Team Rahal finished first and second here in 2001 and since we aren't a two car team we can't repeat the one-two sweep, but we are going to do everything we can that Team Rahal repeats as the race winner."

Jourdain is currently third in the Champ Car World Series championship with 42 points, 23 behind points leader Paul Tracy who qualified 16th on Saturday. Rookie Sebastien Bourdais won his fourth pole of the Champ Car season and his second straight.

The German 500 will be run at 2:00 p.m. local time at the EuroSpeedway tomorrow afternoon. The race will be broadcast tape delayed on CBS in the United States on Sunday afternoon 1 p.m. EDT.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Michel Jourdain