Michel Jourdain Jr., ...
Michel Jourdain Jr., #9 Gigante
Veteran pilot Michel Jourdain Jr. and the #9 Gigante crew were off to strong start for today's Australian Lexmark Indy 300 before an abrupt end to the charge on Lap 31. After setting the pace with the fastest lap of the race on Lap 13 and making a pass to gain two positions, Jourdain lost his right-rear tire due to a loose wheel-nut after his second pit-stop. The #9 car made contact with wall and ended his race.
Michel Jourdain Jr.
"I'm really disappointed because the car was really running well and I was making headway. I made a great pass and gained two positions and probably could have gained a few more spots before it was all done. I hoped I could have gotten that win here that I came so close to last year. I'm going to just look to Mexico City and try for a podium at my home race."
Carl Russo, Team President
"Michel drove a disciplined race and when opportunity presented itself, Michel made decisive passes and gained several positions. Misfortune struck after the second pit-stop when a rear lug-nut wasn't secured and the wheel came off, ending his race."