CHAMPCAR/CART: Chicago: Team Rahal Saturday qualifying report

Vasser qualifies tenth in Chicago heat; Jourdain will start in row nine in the Gigante car. CICERO, IL . . . A sweltering hot and sunny Chicago day provided the setting for qualifying for the CART Grand Prix of Chicago. Team Rahal Shell driver...

Vasser qualifies tenth in Chicago heat; Jourdain will start in row nine in the Gigante car.

CICERO, IL . . . A sweltering hot and sunny Chicago day provided the setting for qualifying for the CART Grand Prix of Chicago. Team Rahal Shell driver Jimmy Vasser ran fifth quick in the morning session and grabbed a starting position of tenth in the afternoon qualifying session with a fast lap of 156.093 mph.

Gigante driver Michel Jourdain Jr. will start 18th after struggling through the practice and qualifying sessions. Jourdian turned a fast lap of 152.325 mph during the high point of the mid-day heat.

The 2002 CART Grand Prix of Chicago is being run as a two-day event, which allowed the Champ Car teams only a single morning practice session prior to qualifying. Sunday will feature the traditional thirty-minute race warm-up followed by the 250-lap race.

The CART Grand Prix of Chicago is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 3:30 PM EDT and the race will air live on CBS.

Jimmy Vasser (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires) - "The car wasn't as good as this morning. We went a bit quicker in practice. We made some changes to the car but we didn't get a chance to try them and the car wasn't as good. Maybe we should have just stayed with the proven set-up. I think if we go back to our original set-up we'll be in good shape for the race. The Shell car won there last year and I believe we can go to the front again on Sunday. Putting on new tires overcomes some of the car's handling problems, but it is all about balance in the car on an oval. That's the difference in the race, getting balance for the long runs. I'm pretty confident about out Shell car for the race."

Michel Jourdain Jr. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires) - "The track felt pretty slippery and we were the first car out for qualifying. We were kind of the guinea pig for the rest of the field. I feel that the car is pretty good but I am slowing the car down too much into the corners. It just hasn't felt comfortable for me. We will make some changes for the race trim and I think the car will be better. It's a long race (250 laps) and we have to get to the finish again this weekend. My Gigante team has given me a good car all season and I feel good about their strategy for Sunday.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Michel Jourdain
Teams ART Grand Prix