A huge crowd of 87,689 fans from all over Europe witnessed the inaugural American Memorial race at EuroSpeedway, near Klettwitz, Germany today. The race was renamed yesterday (from the German 500) in honor of the victims of Tuesday's tragedy in...
A huge crowd of 87,689 fans from all over Europe witnessed the inaugural American Memorial race at EuroSpeedway, near Klettwitz, Germany today. The race was renamed yesterday (from the German 500) in honor of the victims of Tuesday's tragedy in the United States. All cars in the race carried a special red, white, and blue ribbon decal with the words "September 11, 2001" and a number of the pre-race ceremonies honored those lost.
Out of respect to those victims, the domestic television broadcast of this race has been delayed and will be aired on ESPN Monday, September 17th at 1pm ET. An incident on lap 140 involving drivers Alex Tagliani and Alex Zanardi meant that the race was concluded under yellow-flag (caution) conditions. Herdez Bettenhausen driver Michel Jourdain, Jr. battled a problem with the pop-off valve for the entire length of the race and finished two laps down on the leaders in 17th position.
Michel Jourdain, Jr.
"It was not a very good day for us. We had a problem with the pop-off valve which meant that we were down on boost to the engine. The car was very, very good, especially at the beginning of the race. But with low power it was very easy for other drivers to pass me.
"Overall, I'm very happy with this wing package for this type of track. The EuroSpeedway is a beautiful facility. There isn't really a second line around here so there didn't seem to be a lot of passing except on the restarts. But the wing package really cut down on the turbulence that we have experienced at other big oval tracks this year."
What's on tap
The CART FedEx Championship Series continues its European travels, moving to the Corby area of England next Saturday for the Rockingham 500 at the newly built Rockingham Speedway.