CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver: Team Rahal race report

Jourdain takes fourth at Vancouver VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA . . . Team Rahal's Gigante Champ Car driver Michel Jourdain Jr. started fourth and finished fourth in Round 11 of the 2003 Champ Car World Series the Molson Indy Vancouver. ...

Jourdain takes fourth at Vancouver

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA . . . Team Rahal's Gigante Champ Car driver Michel Jourdain Jr. started fourth and finished fourth in Round 11 of the 2003 Champ Car World Series the Molson Indy Vancouver. Jourdain, third in the championship, climbed as high as third on the second race stint, but he lost a spot during the second round of pit stops and fell to fourth.

Jourdain battled an ill handling car and had some frustrating moments with lapped traffic en route to his seventh top-four result of the season. In 2002, his first season with Team Rahal, Jourdain posted just two top-four results. Jourdain continued to assemble his finest Champ Car season pushing his point total to a career high 125 and matching his best career finish at Vancouver.

Unfortunately for Jourdain, series points leader Paul Tracy and points runner-up Bruno Junqueira finished first and second respectively at Vancouver pushing the Gigante driver further back in the championship race. Jourdain trails Tracy by 36 points and Junqueira by 16 points. Jourdain does hold a 25 point lead on fourth place Sebastien Bourdais.

"This was pretty much a typical race for Vancouver," said Jourdain. "I wasn't surprised there was a problem in the first turn, because there is always a problem in the first turn here. When Roberto [Moreno] spun in front of me I had nowhere to go and I lost a couple of spots to Patrick [Carpentier] and Alex [Tagliani]. We focused on closing the gap heading into the first pit stop and the crew did a great job to gain me a spot. Once again the Gigante car as great on cold tires and that allowed me to get by Bruno right after the stop. The second stop Bruno must have short filled because he edged us out of the pits. The car just wasn't as good and we lost some ground to the Newman-Haas drivers. By the time the car was handling well again I was stuck in traffic behind some lapped cars. We did the best we could today and we will take the points. Still it is disappointing to lose more grand to "PT" in the championship, but he has been so strong the last couple of weeks. There is still a lot of racing left in the season and all we can do is the best we can and put ourselves into a position where we can be successful."

The Champ Car World Series, presented by Bridgestone and powered by Ford, heads next week to scenic Elkhart Lake's Road America in upstate Wisconsin for the Mario Andretti Grand Prix of Road America.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Paul Tracy , Mario Andretti , Sébastien Bourdais , Michel Jourdain