CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee: Team Rahal Friday report

Jourdain will start second as qualifying in Milwaukee is washed out WEST ALLIS, WI . . . Heavy evening thunderstorms canceled the on track activities at the Milwaukee Mile washing out qualifying for Saturday's Milwaukee Mile Centennial 250. As...

Jourdain will start second as qualifying in Milwaukee is washed out

WEST ALLIS, WI . . . Heavy evening thunderstorms canceled the on track activities at the Milwaukee Mile washing out qualifying for Saturday's Milwaukee Mile Centennial 250. As a result the starting grid for the Champ Car World Series first ever night race will be set by the combined practice times from Thursday and Friday.

Team Rahal's Michel Jourdain Jr. will start on the outside of the front row based on his fast lap of 176.578 mph which was second quick overall in the combined practice sessions. It is the second front row start of the season for Jourdain and it marks the best oval track start of his eight year Champ Car career eclipsing the third place start he had at Germany.

"We didn't run a lot today during the afternoon session because the conditions had changed dramatically from last night and we didn't want to end up chasing the track and throwing ourselves off base," said Jourdain. "For most the of session our fast lap from yesterday stood up and it wasn't until the end that Alex [Tagliani] was able to take the top spot away. We did a lot of the necessary work on Thursday and I feel I have a very good car for the race tomorrow. The big thing here is how the car changes during the race so the team will have to make adjustments to keep the car competitive. If a car gets loose here you can easily fall off the lead lap."

Jourdain enters Saturday's race third in the Champ Car points with 56 trailing co-points leaders Paul Tracy and Bruno Junqueira by ten points. Tracy will start third Saturday night and Junqueira will start eighth.

The pole belongs to Alex Tagliani of Rocketsports who posted a fast lap of 177.914 mph. It is Tagliani's fourth career pole but the first for his first year team.

The forecast for Saturday evening should allow the race to go on as scheduled although under very cool conditions The Milwaukee Mile Centennial 250 will be broadcast live on SPEED starting at 9:00 p.m. EDT.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Michel Jourdain