CHAMPCAR/CART: Herdez Bettenhausen Laguna Seca race report

Honda Grand Prix of Monterey featuring the Shell 300 Sunday, October 14, 2001 Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca, Monterey, California 2.238-mile permanent road course Herdez Bettenhausen ...


Honda Grand Prix of Monterey featuring the Shell 300
Sunday, October 14, 2001
Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca, Monterey, California
2.238-mile permanent road course
Herdez Bettenhausen #16 Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Firestone

Start: 15th
Finish: 23rd

A promising start to race day at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca for Michel Jourdain Jr. was cut short on lap 18 of 83. Bryan Herta's disqualification in technical inspection yesterday afternoon had moved the Herdez Bettenhausen entry into 15th starting position and in the final 30-minute warm up session this morning, Jourdain had posted the fastest time, tied with Helio Castroneves of Team Penske, at 71.908 seconds (112.043 mph average). Hopes were high for a strong finish in today's Shell 300.

But on lap 18, Roberto Moreno spun off in turn five and kicked up a significant amount of dirt and smoke, obscuring the view of the drivers behind him. As Michel came through the area, he got off the racetrack and tagged the wall on the left side of the track, damaging the left front suspension of the #16 Ford-Cosworth/Lola.

Quotes

Michel Jourdain, Jr.
"There was lots of smoke and dirt everywhere and I really couldn't see anything. I was following behind Bruno (Junqueira) and I thought I saw him go left so I went left too. When I came out of the smoke, I was in the dirt and then into the wall. It's really a shame because we were doing really well with our fuel mileage and we were in pretty good shape heading into the first pit stop."

What's on tap
Round 20 of 21 on the CART FedEx Championship Series will take place in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia, October 26-28, 2001. Teams will be loading for the last overseas trip of the season late this week in Indianapolis and departing for the land "Down Under" over the weekend of October 21 and 22.

-HBR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Roberto Moreno , Bryan Herta , Michel Jourdain
Teams Team Penske