CHAMPCAR/CART: Miami: Team Rahal Saturday report

Vasser and Jourdain run quick in wet Miami conditions. MIAMI, FL . . . Qualifying for Sunday's Grand Prix Americas was hampered by heavy mid-morning rains over the 1.357 mile street course. Team Rahal drivers Jimmy Vasser and Michel Jourdian Jr.

Vasser and Jourdain run quick in wet Miami conditions.

MIAMI, FL . . . Qualifying for Sunday's Grand Prix Americas was hampered by heavy mid-morning rains over the 1.357 mile street course. Team Rahal drivers Jimmy Vasser and Michel Jourdian Jr. were both among the quicker drivers during Saturday qualifying, but the slick track conditions didn't allow the drivers to better their timed laps from Friday. Therefore the starting grid will be set off of the qualifying efforts from Friday.

Shell driver Jimmy Vasser was sixth quick on Saturday with a fast lap of 69.874 mph. Vasser will start 12th on Sunday after posting a fast lap of 79.434 mph on Friday. Vasser started 12th the last time CART raced on the streets of Miami in 1995.

Office Depot/Gigante driver Michel Jourdain Jr. finished Saturday qualifying ninth overall with a fast lap of 68.966 mph. Jourdain will start 15th on Sunday having turned a fast lap of 79.188 mph on Friday.

CBS will broadcast Sunday's Grand Prix Americas live at 1:00 PM EDT

Jimmy Vasser (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires) - "It was fun out there today but, with these cars, you are just sliding around. I couldn't see half of the time. I did get by (Oriol) Servia and that was wild. Cause I basically couldn't see. It was like an ice rink. You had to be very, very precise. It was like slow motion at times. It was really tricky. Hey, if it rains in race, I think you could push your way to the front. You just nudge a car and it will fly out of the way. The track conditions will really dictate what happens in the race. It's going to be a wide-open event. I think just about anybody could win with this track. But I would have liked to start up in the front. We'll have to wait and see what happens."

Michel Jourdain Jr. (#9 Office Depot/Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires) - "Today you had to be in the right place at the right time to get a lap. At the end, we just got two laps and other guys got three simply because of our pit position. We are at pit in and we had to slow down to get some clear track at the end. It was the same for everybody. I hope it rains in the race because we have a good rain car. It will be pretty hard to come through the field from the back but, with this track, anything can happen."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Michel Jourdain