CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee: Team Rahal Thursday practice report

Jourdain is fastest on first day of Milwaukee practice WEST ALLIS, WI . . . Team Rahal's Gigante driver Michel Jourdain Jr. posted the fast lap of the opening day of practice for Saturday's Milwaukee Mile Centennial 250 at the historic Milwaukee...

Jourdain is fastest on first day of Milwaukee practice

WEST ALLIS, WI . . . Team Rahal's Gigante driver Michel Jourdain Jr. posted the fast lap of the opening day of practice for Saturday's Milwaukee Mile Centennial 250 at the historic Milwaukee Mile. Jourdain, currently third in the CART Champ Car World Series championship, posted a fast lap of 176.578 mph.

"It is always better to be at the front than at the back," said Jourdain. "The car feels very good right now. This afternoon when we went out for the first time the car felt great and I was pretty happy. Tomorrow hopefully we can win the pole, that is a goal. Here in Milwaukee, especially with this new aero configuration, it is important to have a solid car for the whole race. We did a long run today and the car felt good for most of the run. Hopefully we can have a consistent car for Saturday night and we can score some good points."

Jourdain is looking for his second pole position of the season and the second of his Champ Car career. He captured his first Champ Car World Series pole position at Long Beach in April.

He matched his career best start on an oval track (third) at the German 500 at the Euro Speedway earlier this month. In five Champ Car races this season, Jourdain has started in the top-five four times.

The Thursday night session was just the second time the series had run under the lights (St. Louis 2000). Jourdain adapted quickly to the new lighting conditions and praised Champ Car for its efforts.

"The lighting was just like it is at Noon with the exception that the shadows didn't move," said Jourdain. "A lot of credit has to go to Champ Car for getting this track ready for a night race. I think the fans who come out on Sunday will see a great race."

The Milwaukee Mile Centennial 250 will resume on Friday with qualifying under the lights, a Champ Car World Series first. Saturday's race, the first night race in Champ Car history, will be broadcast live on SPEED at 9:00 p.m. EDT.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michel Jourdain