JOURDAIN RETURNS TO THE NO. 50 TRUCK IN TEXAS Concord, N.C. (June 5, 2006) - Michel Jourdain, Jr. will attempt to make his first race in the No. 50 Roush Racing Ford F-150 this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Jourdain attempted to make the...
JOURDAIN RETURNS TO THE NO. 50 TRUCK IN TEXAS
Concord, N.C. (June 5, 2006) - Michel Jourdain, Jr. will attempt to make his first race in the No. 50 Roush Racing Ford F-150 this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Jourdain attempted to make the race in Mansfield, Ohio two weeks ago but his efforts were dampened when afternoon rain showers forced the cancellation of qualifying. The field was set by the NASCAR rulebook with 38 competitors vying for 36 starting positions. Because the No. 50 Ford F-150 was only entered in four of six events, it did not qualify for a provisional. Even though he hasn't started a race, Jourdain was encouraged by his time on the track and with crew chief Matt Puccia and the entire No. 50 team.
"I think all the laps I made at Mansfield are important, especially starting a new team." Jourdain also said, "The more laps I run the easier it is for myself and Matt (Puccia) to get to know each other. I think it helped the team understand me more so I think the seat time was definitely good for me."
When asked about Texas Jourdain said, "Texas is a very fast track, but it's one that I really enjoy racing at. Texas is one of the races I look most forward to as it is so close to my home country of Mexico. Matt and all the guys have worked hard to get ready for this race, so I know we will unload with a good Ford F-150 under us. Hopefully weather will not be an issue this time around, and I can get my first start with Roush Racing in this weekend."
This will not be Jourdain's first start at the 1.5-mile tri-oval. After qualifying 11th, he raced to a 20th place finish at the Busch Series race in 2005. Jourdain also participated in the ill-fated Champ Car race in 2001, where practice and qualifying were held but the race was cancelled when the high speeds were deemed un-safe. When asked about the differences between a car and truck at the speedway Jourdain had this to say.
"Everyone has told me to expect more downforce and drag in the truck," Jourdain explained. "That means that there will be more grip so that's what I'm expecting and that's what I'm looking forward to. I ran good in the Busch car there last year and the No. 50 team is coming off a good run at Dover so I think we can be competitive."
Coming off a second place finish in Dover, Del. Puccia and the team are anxious to return to action this Friday night with Jourdain.
"It was unfortunate that we got rained out in Mansfield," said Puccia. "We were looking forward to getting this program with Michel underway. Instead, we'll kick this off at a track where our driver has some experience, and that's going to give us some confidence. Michel has run well at Charlotte and Atlanta, and had a decent run here in the Busch car last year. We had a great run last week, and we're looking to build on that. We're obviously behind the eight ball with being outside the top-30 in points, so we've got to put some emphasis on our qualifying package, but we will work on a balance that we know will be good on the long run, too."
In addition to driving duties this weekend, Jourdain will also take on Craftsman Truck Series regulars and IRL drivers as they hit the lanes Wednesday night for the Sam Hornish, Jr. Celebrity Bowling Tournament in Euless, Texas. Proceeds from the benefit will go to Speedway Children's Charities.