CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Team Rahal Saturday report

Vasser and Jourdain endure a frustrating qualifying session. SURFERS PARADISE, AUSTRALIA . . . A frustrating qualifying session left Team Rahal's Jimmy Vasser and Michel Jourdain Jr. eleventh and twelfth for Sunday's Gold Coast Indy 300 in...

Vasser and Jourdain endure a frustrating qualifying session.

SURFERS PARADISE, AUSTRALIA . . . A frustrating qualifying session left Team Rahal's Jimmy Vasser and Michel Jourdain Jr. eleventh and twelfth for Sunday's Gold Coast Indy 300 in Surfers Paradise, Australia. The chaotic Saturday session featured a pair of red flags and heavy traffic which made getting a clean lap difficult.

Vasser who was eighth on the provisional grid on Friday, posted the 11th quickest lap of qualifying at 110.125 mph. Vasser was unable to complete the maximum 15 laps after he flat spotted a tire trying to avoid a slower car on track.

Jourdain had held the seventh spot on Friday and was third quick in the qualifying warm-up session. Jourdain was especially thwarted by the heavy traffic. Unable to get the elusive clean lap, Jourdain qualified 12th with a fast lap of 109.717 mph.

Sunday's Gold Coast Indy 300 which will be broadcast live on Speed at 12 AM Sunday morning.

Jimmy Vasser (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires) - "Traffic was really bad for me today. I kept running up on cars that were just cruising around. It was frustrating. It seemed as though half of the field was on one straightaway and this is nearly a three-mile track. I know everyone is trying to get a clear lap but it's messing up half of the field. I did finally get a clear lap and I hit a bump that locked up the right front tire. That was it since I flat spotted the tires. I know we have a better car than we showed today. We'll just have to play a smart game in the race."

Michel Jourdain Jr. (#9 Office Depot/Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires) - "I would have thought we would be much better than this (time). We had a huge understeer and I couldn't seem to turn the car like I wanted. Plus there were so many cars right in front of us. I tried to back off and get away from the traffic but was very difficult. We sure didn't want to start back this far for the race. We'll have to make the most of the yellow flag periods and make a good strategy for the race.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Michel Jourdain