Jourdain journeys to second 2003 win in Montreal; leads nine Lolas in taking victory. Veteran Michel Jourdain Jr. gained a second, "satisfying" 2003 victory in the Molson Indy Montreal at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve today, crossing the stripes in...
Jourdain journeys to second 2003 win in Montreal; leads nine Lolas in taking victory.
Veteran Michel Jourdain Jr. gained a second, "satisfying" 2003 victory in the Molson Indy Montreal at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve today, crossing the stripes in his #9 Gigante Lola/Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone Champ Car 1.277 seconds in front of Oriol Servia's #20 Visteon Lola after 75 laps. "We stuck to our strategy. Team Rahal told me I had to save fuel to win and I did," Jourdain, now 35 points behind leader Paul Tracy acknowledged. "I'm first loser today," Servia said, "but this good result gives us momentum for Denver."
Pleasing the huge local turnout on a warm (68-70 degrees), sunny day, Patrick Carpentier earned third in the #32 Team Player's Lola. "My Lola was perfect at the end and I was pushing hard for P2," he noted. ""I had a lot of fun today."
Polesitter Alex Tagliani led the most laps (52) in his #33 Johnson Controls Lola and took fourth. "The second yellow (of three) destroyed our strategy and day; our Lola was so good that I was able to pull away by 5.5 seconds on the first two re-starts," Tagliani said. Mario Dominguez was fifth in the #55 Herdez Lola and "fought hard to go to the front in an awesome car" from 10th on the 19-car grid.
Tracy ran sixth in the #3 Team Player's Lola, out of fuel at the final turn of the 2.709-mile Ile Notre Dame circuit, while title pursuer Bruno Junqueira finished 13th after two spins in the #1 PacifiCare Lola, earning no points to give Tracy a 192-164 advantage. Junqueira set fastest lap of the day six from the close at 80.634 seconds (120.947mph)
Roberto Moreno in "a really good car" earned seventh in the #4 Herdez Lola and led 6 laps; Adrian Fernandez was eighth in the #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Lola with a Lola that was "better than I thought," while Max Papis finished ninth in the #27 PK Racing Lola in "a good hard race today." Twelve of 15 finishers were on the lead lap. Gualter Salles nabbed the final point for 12th in the #19 Dale Coyne Racing Lola, "the best car I've had all year." A differential failure ended Sebastien Bourdais' day in the #2 Lilly Lola after the rookie was running fifth; he retains 5th place points (126).
The Champ Cars travel to Denver, CO for next Sunday's Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver street race, round #15 of 19 events on the 2003 calendar.