Changing track conditions trip up Vasser and Jourdain in qualifying. WEST ALLIS, WISCONSIN . . . A significant surge in track temperatures left one Team Rahal driver battling understeer and the other fighting a push in qualifying for Sunday's ...
Changing track conditions trip up Vasser and Jourdain in qualifying.
WEST ALLIS, WISCONSIN . . . A significant surge in track temperatures left one Team Rahal driver battling understeer and the other fighting a push in qualifying for Sunday's Miller Lite 250 at the Milwaukee Mile.
Shell Ford-Cosworth driver Jimmy Vasser will start 12th on the grid for the race after posting a fast lap of 164.812 mph. Vasser was considered one of the favorites for the pole after posting the second fastest lap during the morning practice. Vasser fought a huge push in the car on his first lap and only qualifying lap. Vasser aborted his second qualifying lap after he got loose in Turn 1 and went well out of the racing line. With his lap ruined Vasser pitted rather than finish the ill fated lap.
Gigante driver Michel Jourdain Jr. will start 18th for the race, his best ever start at the Milwaukee Mile. The 25-year-old continued to battle understeer in his Ford-Cosworth/Lola. Jourdain, currently second in the CART championship, will start on the outside of Row 9.
The Miller Lite 250 is scheduled for Sunday at 12:30 PM EDT on CBS.
Jimmy Vasser (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires)
"The Shell car was better this morning and we felt it would be good for qualifying. Obviously, the track conditions changed. On the first lap the car pushed a little and there was some sliding. On the second lap the back end stepped out and I was out in the gray area. There was no sense in trying to finish the lap. Starting 12th doesn't mean we can't win this thing on Sunday. We have been up at the top of the charts all weekend, so I think we'll have a good race car. We worked a lot on the race set-up on Friday and I was pretty pleased with the car. I just thought we would be a little quicker in qualifying."
Michel Jourdain Jr. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires)
"The car was sliding a lot in qualifying. The heat has really affected the track. We have been trying to get the car balanced all weekend and I have been talking to Jimmy [Vasser] about how his car is working. I haven't had a good record here at Milwaukee over the years. I don't know what it is about this place. I was optimistic coming into the weekend but it seems that record is trying to keep going. I know Jimmy has a good car for the race. Maybe he will give me a few pointers that can help me on Sunday. "