Michel Jourdain Jr., ...
Michel Jourdain Jr., #9 Gigante
After being hit in an opening lap incident, Michel Jourdain Jr. made an early pitstop to check for damage. Jourdain returned to the track and drove hard, climbing successfully back up to tenth. A mid-race spin required the #9 Gigante car to pit for repairs to the nose and rear wing, forcing him several laps down. Jourdain and the RuSPORT crew never gave up, however, and continued on to finish the race in 14th.
Michel Jourdain Jr.
"From the beginning we had a tough race ahead of us. Then I was hit from behind in the first turn incident, making it worse. We then dug in and tried to run as fast as we could. We were gaining some spots and moving up, then after my second pitstop, my brakes started to overheat. I was pushing to stay in front of Justin Wilson for tenth and after that I made a mistake and spun. I had to pit for repairs and that cost us a top result for the race. I'm really looking forward to the next race in Montreal. I won there last year and hope that it will be good for me again this year."
Carl Russo, Team Owner
"It was without a doubt a tough weekend for Michel. We had a mixed weekend of qualifying and, unfortunately, we never got the right formula for the race car for Michel. That ended up catching him out a bit. But, once again, Michel showed why he was a championship contender last year; he never gave up. He kept going and still collected some very valuable championship points."