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

Jourdain takes fourth at Mid-Ohio LEXINGTON, OH . . . Team Rahal's Gigante Champ Car driver Michel Jourdain Jr. finished fourth in Sunday's Champ Car Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio. The fourth place finish was his best career result on the legendary ...

Jourdain takes fourth at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, OH . . . Team Rahal's Gigante Champ Car driver Michel Jourdain Jr. finished fourth in Sunday's Champ Car Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio. The fourth place finish was his best career result on the legendary central-Ohio road course. Jourdain, making his thirty-second start for Ohio based Team Rahal, posted the best finish at the team's 'home track' in the last five years.

Jourdain, third in the Champ Car World Series championship, gained ground on one of the two points leaders he is chasing. Newman-Haas driver Bruno Junqueira entered the race as the points leader, but he was involved in an on track incident with Oriol Servia on lap 13. Although Junqueira would resume the race he finished 13th, two laps down and out of the points.

Canadian Paul Tracy dominated the race leading 69 laps and leading his teammate Patrick Carpentier to the first 1-2 Player's/Forsythe finish in the team's history. Tracy swept the points for the weekend and he holds a 20 point lead in the championship heading to Montreal. Rookie Ryan Hunter-Reay of American Spirit Racing came in third.

"The car at the start of the race was really good," said Jourdain. "I don't think we were as fast as Jimmy [Vasser] or Paul [Tracy], but we had a strong car. It was a long race and sure we got some points, but Paul won so we lost big time [in the championship] to him. We climbed to third on the start and the guys did a fantastic job on the pit stop and we came out second behind Paul. On the second pit stop when we were ready to go Adrian came into the pits and we lost a couple of seconds and that killed us and we lost a couple of positions to Patrick [Carpentier] and [Ryan] Hunter-Reay. It is very difficult to pass here unless you car is perfect and someone makes a mistake. We made a mistake on the last pit stop when we put a new right front on with a used set and that threw the balance off and we lost a lot of ground to the leaders. Even after the yellow I couldn't get close enough to move up and we finished fourth. Fourth place is good but it is really disappointing when Paul keeps winning the pole and winning races. It is too bad because I really wanted to finish on the podium for the Team Rahal fans and the guys who work in the shop and came to this race. We came close but we just couldn't get there today. Hopefully this is the last race this season we miss the podium."

Jourdain claimed his eighth top-four result of 2003 and extended his career high in points to 137. Jourdain has now posted points in 29 of 32 races he had run for Team Rahal.

The Champ Car World Series will take a one-week hiatus before resuming with the Molson Indy Montreal in two-weeks at the legendary Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Patrick Carpentier , Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Gilles Villeneuve , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Michel Jourdain