CHAMPCAR/CART: Herdez Bettenhausen Chicago preview

Michel Jourdain Jr. - Driver "Of course, I'm very, very happy with our result at Michigan last weekend but that race was over on Sunday afternoon and the celebration was over Sunday night. Starting Monday morning, all of our efforts and thoughts...

Michel Jourdain Jr. - Driver
"Of course, I'm very, very happy with our result at Michigan last weekend but that race was over on Sunday afternoon and the celebration was over Sunday night. Starting Monday morning, all of our efforts and thoughts are about Chicago.

"We were very fast in Chicago last year and ran in the top five for a good part of the race. So far this year we've had good qualifying and race set ups for the short ovals so I'm confident that will continue in Chicago.

"As a team, we are hoping to build some momentum from our performance at Michigan. If we can have pitstops and strategy as good at Chicago as we did at Michigan, we could be in the hunt for a win."

Fast Facts

* The Target Grand Prix marks Jourdain's 92nd start in the CART FedEx Championship Series and his 89th consecutive start (beginning at Vancouver in 1996), This will be his 31st start with Herdez Bettenhausen and his third start at this event.

* Jourdain has qualified in the top-ten four times so far this season; Long Beach (7th), Nazareth (3rd), Twin Ring Motegi (7th), and Michigan (6th).

* At Round 11, the Harrah's 500 presented by Toyota at the Michigan International Speedway, Jourdain scored the first podium of his Champ Car career with a 3rd place finish.

* Jourdain currently stands 22nd in the Drivers Championship with 16 points, just 2 points shy of his 2000 season total. k

-HBM

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