CHAMPCAR/CART: Fontana: Team Rahal qualifying report

Vasser takes sixth in qualifying at Fontana. FONTANA, CALIFORNIA . . . Shell Champ Car driver Jimmy Vasser took sixth in qualifying for Sunday's California 500 by piloting his Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires to a fast lap of 230.161 mph...

Vasser takes sixth in qualifying at Fontana.

FONTANA, CALIFORNIA . . . Shell Champ Car driver Jimmy Vasser took sixth in qualifying for Sunday's California 500 by piloting his Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires to a fast lap of 230.161 mph at the California Speedway. For Vasser it is his ninth top-ten start of the season and his best start on an oval in 2002.

Vasser's teammate Michel Jourdain Jr. took eleventh in qualifying with a quick lap of 229.669 mph. It was Jourdain's top qualifying result on an oval this season topping the 13th he qualified at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan.

Tony Kanaan of Mo Nunn Racing won the pole position with a fast lap of 232.011 mph. Bruno Junqueira of Chip Ganassi Racing was second quick at 231.145 mph.

Sunday's California 500 will be seen live on SPEED Channel at 3:30 PM EST.

Jimmy Vasser (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires) - "The car felt really good. W couldn't trim out the car (aerodynamically) anymore. It was just a matter of holding my right foot and seeing what you get. We weren't completely happy with the run since we aren't up front, but that is all we have today. I think we will have a good car for the race on Sunday. The car felt really good because of the new rubber. Our Shell guys have done a great job this week getting the cars ready and then in the Craftsman Pit Crew Challenge. It doesn't really matter where you start because you can move right to the front here. There will be a lot of passing on Sunday and everyone will be biding their time. It is a long race and you aren't going to win it in the first 400 miles. Once we reach that point I think the racing will be flat out."

Michel Jourdain Jr. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires) - "I know its going to be a very long race and I think we have a really good car in traffic. We were a little conservative in our setup for qualifying, but it doesn't matter because starting position isn't critical here. We want to be in the middle of things at the end of the race tomorrow and we will play our strategy for that."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Bruno Junqueira , Tony Kanaan , Chip Ganassi , Michel Jourdain , Mo Nunn
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing