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Vasser pushes aside electrical gremilins to qualify eighth at Toronto. TORONTO, ONTARIO . . . Shell driver Jimmy Vasser overcame a problematic electronics system and posted the eighth fastest qualifying time on the first day of qualifying for...

Vasser pushes aside electrical gremilins to qualify eighth at Toronto.

TORONTO, ONTARIO . . . Shell driver Jimmy Vasser overcame a problematic electronics system and posted the eighth fastest qualifying time on the first day of qualifying for the Molson Indy Toronto. Vasser posted a fast lap of 106.900 mph during the hour long session at Exhibition Place in downtown Toronto.

Michel Jourdain Jr. also had problems with the electronic system on his Office Depot Ford-Cosworth/Lola. Jourdain qualified 15th on the provisional grid with a fast lap of 106.033 mph on the narrow Toronto street course..

Newman/Haas driver Cristiano da Matta, vying for a record tying fourth straight Champ Car win, captured the provisional pole for the Molson Indy Toronto with a fast lap of 108.024 mph.

Practice and qualifying will resume on Saturday for Sunday's race, which will be shown live on CBS at 1:30 PM EDT.

Jimmy Vasser (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires) - "We had some electronic trouble this morning and we didn't get it figured out until late in the session. So for qualifying we were behind the eight ball. The car was much better in the afternoon. My biggest problem in qualifying was I got blocked a bit. Once I came around a corner and there was PT [Paul Tracy] and [Adrian] Fernandez just cruising around. This is a tight track and you want you rhythm to be right. A tenth of a second less and we jump from four to five spots on the grid. That is how tight it is right now. I know that car is better than that lap. I have the confidence we will be better on Saturday."

Michel Jourdain Jr. (#9 Office Depot Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires) - "I felt the car was pretty good. It is certainly better than 15th. The problem was I got blocked a few times when I was on my good runs. I thought we could have run in the near the low 59's but we were also having some trouble with some of the cockpit equipment. It was hitting my feet and making it tough to drive. I am sure the track will be better on Saturday with more rubber on it. That should give us a better chance in qualifying."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Cristiano da Matta , Michel Jourdain