CHAMPCAR/CART: Mid-Ohio: Team Rahal Friday report

Jourdain fifth after first day of Mid-Ohio LEXINGTON, OH . . . Team Rahal's Gigante Champ Car driver Michel Jourdain Jr. took fifth in the opening round of qualifying for Sunday's Champ Car Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio. Jourdain, third in the Champ ...

Jourdain fifth after first day of Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, OH . . . Team Rahal's Gigante Champ Car driver Michel Jourdain Jr. took fifth in the opening round of qualifying for Sunday's Champ Car Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio. Jourdain, third in the Champ Car World Series championship, posted a fast lap of 120.078 mph to claim the position. The top 15 cars on the grid are separated by less than a second on the demanding 2.258-mile course.

"We had a pretty good lap going there when the red flag came out, but I am sure every one else along pit lane has the same story," said Jourdain. "The track will be faster tomorrow so the big thing today is that Paul [Tracy] gets the point and knows he will start on the front row. We need to make the car a little bit better for tomorrow and then hopefully we can improve our position. There are a lot of high expectations for Team Rahal when we run here, but the expectations are not any higher than what we set for ourselves every week.

People have asked me this week if I feel any extra pressure or if I try harder to win here at Mid-Ohio and the answer is no. I raced in front of 200,000 of my countrymen last year at Mexico City and so running here at Mid Ohio isn't anything compared to that pressure. Secondly if I try harder to win here at Mid-Ohio then I am not trying hard enough the other 18 races." Paul Tracy took the provisional pole position and guaranteed himself a front row starting position on Sunday with a fast lap of 120.957 mph. Fellow Canadians Alex Tagliani and Patrick Carpentier wee second and third to complete the Canadian sweep at the top of the timing sheets.

Round 12 of the Champ Car World Series can bee seen live on SPEED Sunday afternoon beginning at 1:30 pm EDT. Practice and qualifying resume tomorrow with the afternoon qualifying session starting at 1:45 pm.

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