CHAMPCAR/CART: RuSPORT signs Jourdain

Jourdain & Gigante Team with RuSPORT for the 2004 Champ Car World Series RuSPORT is pleased to announce the addition of veteran Champ Car driver Michel Jourdain, Jr. to pilot the team's second Ford-Cosworth/Lola entry. Additionally,...

Jourdain & Gigante Team with RuSPORT for the 2004 Champ Car World Series

RuSPORT is pleased to announce the addition of veteran Champ Car driver Michel Jourdain, Jr. to pilot the team's second Ford-Cosworth/Lola entry. Additionally, RuSPORT will add Mexican retailer Gigante to its portfolio of partners that will see the country's third largest retailer continuing to back Jourdain in The Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered By Ford for 2004.

Although RuSPORT originally had planned to enter a single car this season, the team seized the opportunity to work with Jourdain, who is fresh from his best Champ Car season by finishing 3rd overall.

"RuSPORT has been focused on bringing a one-car effort to the grid at Long Beach, however, the opportunity to have Michel join our team was too good to pass up," said Team Owner Carl Russo. "While in the near term this will stress us enormously, I firmly believe that in the not too distant future the pairing of Michel and A.J. will prove to be one of the most formidable in the paddock."

"RuSPORT was at the top of my list of teams to work with," explained the 27 year-old Jourdain, who returns for his ninth season in the series. "Although this will be their first year in Champ Car, the organization and Carl have shown they are not only committed to the series and making it successful, but they also know how to win races and championships. You only have to look at last season and their performance and attitude on their way to dominating the Toyota Atlantic Championship. I couldn't be happier to be here with RuSPORT and I am confident that along with Gigante, I have made the right decision with both the team and the series."

Impressed with Jourdain and his commitment to remain in Champ Car, RuSPORT is focused on matching that dedication. After the agreement was reached with Jourdain, RuSPORT representatives traveled to Mexico City to meet with Gigante representatives, reaching an agreement to partner for the 2004 season.

"Gigante is very pleased with this agreement," expressed Javier Sosa Marketing Manager for Gigante. "With RuSPORT we have found what we were looking for, a team with the commitment and professionalism that will allow Gigante and Michel to build on our achievements in Champ Car, especially those of 2003. Gigante is committed to Mexico and the Mexican fans and we are sure that together with RuSPORT and Michel Jordain, we will make a great team that will guarantee success in the 2004 Champ Car World Series."

Jourdain's new teammate is equally excited about this latest development.

"I'm extremely happy to have a championship contender like Michel on board at RuSPORT," said previously confirmed driver, rookie A.J. Allmendinger. "Having a teammate who is as competitive as Michel is going to help a lot as I learn the car and set-ups. Your greatest competition is always your teammate so this is a great boost for me. I'm even more anxious to get on the track and see what we can do."

Grupo Gigante is one of the world's biggest retailers in Mexico with more than 270 stores throughout Mexico and currently operates 7 stores in the United States. Gigante's vast array of offerings range from televisions to groceries. Stores are spread across the Gigante, Super G and Bodega Gigante chains. Grupo Gigante also operates Toks restaurants, Super Precio discount groceries and PriceSmart membership clubs which also market over 1,400 private label products under the Marca Gigante name. Grupo Gigante has joint ventures with Office Depot and Radio Shack. www.gigante.com.mx

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Series IndyCar
Drivers A.J. Allmendinger , Carl Russo , Michel Jourdain