CHAMPCAR/CART: Michel Jourdain Jr. Milwauke race notes

The rain on Friday and Saturday ultimately put paid to Herdez Bettenhausen's hope of another points-paying performance on Sunday. Due to Saturday's complete rainout of qualifying, driver Michel Jourdain Jr. was relegated to a 21st starting...

The rain on Friday and Saturday ultimately put paid to Herdez Bettenhausen's hope of another points-paying performance on Sunday. Due to Saturday's complete rainout of qualifying, driver Michel Jourdain Jr. was relegated to a 21st starting position (based on Championship rankings) and spent the race today struggling to move forward. An aggressive fuel and pit stop strategy gave the team a fighting chance which was supported by Michel's ability to run individual laps consistent with those posted by the leaders. But bad luck in the timing of caution periods left the team one position short of the coveted 12th spot.

Michel Jourdain, Jr.: "At the start of the race, you could tell that the cold temperatures were really affecting everyone. The caution laps to clean up from the first couple of incidents let us get enough heat in the tires that it didn't really bother us after that. The car was very good on full fuel tanks but I was fighting a lot of understeer as the tanks got lighter. I think we had a really good strategy but that yellow (on lap 106) really killed our chances. We had really hoped to able to gain on the field as other cars had to pit but they were able to do it under the yellow and stay in front."

Keith Wiggins - Managing Director: "Given our starting position, out strategy of pitting early (on lap 15) was exactly the right thing to do. Everything was going quite to plan and Michel was running very smoothly. It's just unfortunate for us that the yellow flag came out on the very lap that we were exiting the pits. Had we been able to pit under yellow or had the race run green for a while longer, I feel confident that we would have been able to claw back another three or four spots before the end."

-HBM

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michel Jourdain