CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Team Rahal Saturday report

Team Rahal's Gigante driver Michel Jourdain Jr. claimed third in final qualifying for Sunday's Molson Indy Toronto with a fast lap of 106.691 mph. The third place starting position is Jourdain's best ever starting position at Toronto. Jourdain...

Team Rahal's Gigante driver Michel Jourdain Jr. claimed third in final qualifying for Sunday's Molson Indy Toronto with a fast lap of 106.691 mph. The third place starting position is Jourdain's best ever starting position at Toronto. Jourdain was on a faster lap, a lap which would have won the pole for Team Rahal, but he was blocked by a slower car and lost crucial time.

Once again weather was a factor at Exhibition Place. Periods of light drizzle kept things damp and created a cold atmosphere which created an unpredictable qualifying session.

"It was a frustrating qualifying session," said Jourdain. "I had a couple of laps going that would have given me pole position, but people kept getting in the way. If they [Champ Car Stewards] don't do something about it the situation will never improve. We had a great strategy and we had the right track conditions and the right timing to be on the pole. That is what is so disappointing about the session is we did everything right, but someone else decided where we will start tomorrow. The Gigante car is just perfect. We have basically unloaded the car and have not made any changes. We certainly had a car good enough for pole position and I know we have a car good enough to be on the podium tomorrow."

Jourdain, currently third in the Champ Car World Series championship with 97 points, find his championship rivals leader Paul Tracy (118) and Bruno Junqueira (110 pts) on the front row. Tracy took the pole position from Junqueira with a fast lap of 107.378 mph on Saturday. The lead trio in the race is the lead trio (in the same order) as the championship.

Round 10 of the 2003 Champ Car World Series, the Molson Indy Toronto will be seen live on CBS starting at 12:30 pm EDT.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Paul Tracy , Michel Jourdain