CHAMPCAR/CART: Herdez Bettenhausen Laguna Seca Friday notes

Michel Jourdain Jr. Time: 1 minute, 10.946 seconds Position: 21st "The biggest problem we have right now is there is a lot of understeer in the car. We are fighting really hard to improve the handling and we've tried a number of different ...

Michel Jourdain Jr.
Time: 1 minute, 10.946 seconds
Position: 21st

"The biggest problem we have right now is there is a lot of understeer in the car. We are fighting really hard to improve the handling and we've tried a number of different strategies. This is probably the most challenging road course we race on all season so it will be very important to get it right for qualifying. For sure, the car works better on new tires and we didn't have them on when the car was at its best. We need to improve a lot for tomorrow but I'm confident we're heading in the right direction."

Fast Facts
* The Honda Grand Prix of Monterey featuring the Shell 300 marks Jourdain's 99th start in the CART FedEx Championship Series and his 96th consecutive start (beginning at Vancouver in 1996).

* 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 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 24 points.

Qualifying for the Honda Grand Prix of Monterey will take place Saturday beginning at 1:45pm, following a final 75-minute practice session in the morning. Television coverage of qualifying will air on ESPN2 on Sunday morning beginning at 2:00am ET. Live timing and scoring will be available online at www.cart.com.

-HBM-

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