Michel Jourdain Jr. "I am excited about coming to Belle Isle - it's a track that I like a lot. We had a good car set up at both Monterrey and Long Beach so I think we should be able to perform well in Detroit. What will probably help the most is...
Michel Jourdain Jr.
"I am excited about coming to Belle Isle - it's a track that I like a lot. We had a good car set up at both Monterrey and Long Beach so I think we should be able to perform well in Detroit. What will probably help the most is that, for the first time this season, I will get to qualify in the "fast" group on Saturday. This should definitely help us to get into contention. (Jourdain was the fastest qualifier in the slow group at the last road course at Long Beach and therefore will join the fast group at Detroit.) The Ford-Cosworth engine is proving to be very strong; we are getting good power, drivability and fuel mileage, which is very important nowadays.
"We are hearing that the rain is going to follow us from Milwaukee to Detroit but I don't really mind. What is most important is that the conditions be the same for everyone during qualifying so that one group doesn't get an advantage over the other just due to the weather."
* Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit marks Jourdain's 87th start in the CART FedEx Championship Series and his 84th consecutive start (beginning at Vancouver in 1996), placing him fifth among active drivers in consecutive career starts entering the 2001 season. This will be his 26th start with Herdez Bettenhausen and his fifth start at this event.
* Jourdain has qualified in the top-ten three times so far this season; Long Beach (7th), Nazareth (3rd), and Twin Ring Motegi (7th).
* At his first event, Long Beach 1996, Jourdain made history by becoming the youngest driver ever to start a Champ Car event at 19 years, six months and two days old.
* The Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit will be the team's 200th start in Champ Car competition. * Father's Day: Michel Jourdain, Sr., a well-respected race car driver in his own right, will accompany his son to many of this weekend's events including the black-tie Grand Prix Ball on Thursday evening and the race on Sunday, Father's Day.