CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Ford Racing Friday report

Michel Jourdain posts seventh-fastest lap during provisional qualifying in Australia. Notes: JOURDAIN FASTEST FORD DURING PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING - Team Rahal driver Michel Jourdain, Jr., posted the seventh-fastest during provisional qualifying...

Michel Jourdain posts seventh-fastest lap during provisional qualifying in Australia.

Notes:

JOURDAIN FASTEST FORD DURING PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING - Team Rahal driver Michel Jourdain, Jr., posted the seventh-fastest during provisional qualifying in Surfer's Paradise, Australia, lapping the 2.795-mile temporary street circuit in 1 minute, 32.384 seconds. Bruno Junquiera claimed the provisional pole position with his lap of 1 minute, 31.515 seconds, followed by Paul Tracy, Scott Dixon and newly-crowned CART champion, Cristiano da Matta.

Driver Notes:

MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR. (#9 Gigante Ford) - Provisionally Qualified 7th - The only driver who has both finished and scored championship points in every race thus far this season ... goes into tomorrow's qualifying session looking to claim his best starting position since qualifying sixth in the season-opener in Monterrey, Mexico.

JIMMY VASSER (#8 Shell Ford) - Provisionally Qualified 8th - Veteran driver has three career top-five finishes in Australia, including a win from the pole in 1996 ... will seek his second pole position of the season (Long Beach) tomorrow during qualifying.

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Provisionally Qualified 14th - With two victories this season (Cleveland and Mid-Ohio) and one pole position (Mid-Ohio), he has started inside the top 10 in four of the last five races dating back to Montreal.

ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Provisionally Qualified 15th - Looks to continue his streak of qualifying well, having started 10th or better in six of the last seven races, including third at Road America and fifth in Miami ... was Ford's top finisher in Australia last season with a third-place result.

MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford) - Provisionally Qualified 16th - Rookie brought out the red flag after crashing hard during provisional qualifying and was forced into his backup car ... best qualifying effort of the season was 12th in Monterrey and at Laguna Seca.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Paul Tracy , Scott Dixon , Cristiano da Matta , Michel Jourdain