CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Team Rahal Saturday qualifying report

Jourdain grabs tenth in qualifying Vasser 11th for Shell Grand Prix of Denver. DENVER, CO . . . Michel Jourdain Jr. claimed his third top-ten start of the 2002 season when he qualified tenth for the inaugural Shell Grand Prix of Denver. Jourdain...

Jourdain grabs tenth in qualifying Vasser 11th for Shell Grand Prix of Denver.

DENVER, CO . . . Michel Jourdain Jr. claimed his third top-ten start of the 2002 season when he qualified tenth for the inaugural Shell Grand Prix of Denver. Jourdain turned a fast lap of 95.257 on his initial qualifying run during the afternoon session. Jourdain's second attempt was negated when the session was temporarily stopped due to an on track incident.

Shell driver Jimmy Vasser gain over a second from his qualifying time on Friday, yet he ended up 11th on the starting grid. Vasser who saw his second run negated by a session stoppage on Friday was one of the first driver's to use up his 15 lap allotment on Saturday.

Bruno Junqueira won the pole for the Shell Grand Prix of Denver with a fast lap of 96.093 mph. CART points leader Cristiano da Matta qualified sixth.

Sunday's race will air live on SPEED Channel at 3:00 PM EDT.

Jimmy Vasser (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires) - "We tried to scrub in some tires in the warm-up so we could go out early in the qualifying session. The thought was the tires would come in a little quicker, but I don't think that was the right way to go today. We had a pretty decent car yesterday and this morning but we haven't been able to move up on the grid. The changes we made for qualifying really didn't take us in the right direction. I know one thing it is going to be a wild race on Sunday. I will be survival of the fittest."

Michel Jourdain Jr. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires) - "We improved a lot from Friday and I thought we could have been even a little faster in qualifying. The changes we made for today made the car much better than yesterday. We made the brakes better too and that was a big help for the qualifying session. Starting tenth isn't to bad but it means I will be in the middle of everything at the start of the race and the start is going to be crazy. I say that it is 120% sure there will be a big problem on the first lap. Hopefully we can stay out of it. It is going to be a long race and we are going to have to work to save the brakes and keep things cool. In the race the smartest driver and team is going to win."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Bruno Junqueira , Cristiano da Matta , Michel Jourdain