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Vasser claims a top-ten start while mechanical problems thwart Jourdain. VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA . . . Shell driver Jimmy Vasser will make his eighth top-ten start of the 2002 season after turning a fast lap of 105.874 mph in qualifying for...

Vasser claims a top-ten start while mechanical problems thwart Jourdain.

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA . . . Shell driver Jimmy Vasser will make his eighth top-ten start of the 2002 season after turning a fast lap of 105.874 mph in qualifying for Sunday's Molson Indy Vancouver.

Vasser was unable to regain the form he showed during the early stages of Friday's qualifying session when he held the pole position prior to being penalized his fast lap when he caused a red flag.

Gigante driver Michel Jourdain Jr. will start 18th after enduring a frustrating session. Jourdain's primary car lost power and forced the team to switch to the back-up car. Despite having the majority of his qualifying laps remaining, Jourdain was hampered by a faulty gearbox on the X car and he was unable to better his position. Jourdain had held the sixth position on the provisional grid on Friday.

CART points leader Cristiano da Matta captured the pole edging local favorite Paul Tracy by 16-hundredths of a second.

Sunday's race will be broadcast live on Speed Channel (4:30 PM EDT).

Jimmy Vasser (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires) - "It's pretty disappointing. We had a car to be on the pole on Friday and I made a mistake and threw it in the fence. The car was very good on Friday but we lost our fastest lap due to the crash. So today we thought we could get a little more aggressive and it was too much. We just went for overkill and we couldn't pull it back. We had just too much understeer. We thought we were a couple tenths or three tenths better than that. But we went backwards in the car today. We have to get ready to be aggressive in the race."

Michel Jourdain Jr. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires) - "We had a good car on Friday. But today was nothing but trouble. The primary car wouldn't run properly. It was something electrical. So we decided to jump into the backup car. But that car had some shifting problems. So we had trouble with both cars. It will be tough job to get to the front Sunday. But we have used some good strategy this year and I have a lot of confidence in Scott [Roembke, general manager] and Tim [Reiter, engineer] to work in a good strategy. We'll just have keep our heads down and work hard in the race."

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