Freightliner/G.I. Joe's 200 presented by Texaco Round 8 of the CART FedEx Championship Series Portland International Raceway, 1.969-mile permanent road course ...
Freightliner/G.I. Joe's 200 presented by Texaco
Round 8 of the CART FedEx Championship Series
Portland International Raceway, 1.969-mile permanent road course
Michel Jourdain Jr. - Driver
"I really like the track at Portland a lot. I scored my first points in the CART series at PIR in 1997 so I have really good memories from there. And I am hoping that I can score points again this year! We have a good car, the Ford-Cosworth engine is strong, and we have good data for the set up. It was a big disappointment to go out of the Detroit race on just the 4th lap but I'm confident that we'll bounce back this weekend."
Jourdain will be visiting Shriner's Hospital for Children on Thursday, June 21st at 2:00 p.m. in conjunction with the Elf Fuels "One Lap for Kids" Charity program. Michel and Vice President of Special Events for Elf Race Fuel will present a "Kid Racer" electric car to the hospital for the use of the children. All media interested in attending are welcome. Location: Shriners Hospital for Children, 3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Rd., Portland, OR. Contact: Pat Grennin 503-241-5090.
* The Freightliner/G.I. Joe's 200 marks Jourdain's 88th start in the CART FedEx Championship Series and his 85th consecutive start (beginning at Vancouver in 1996), This will be his 27th 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. <pre> Results Portland 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series Year Start Finish Event Start Finish 1996 25 22 Monterrey, Mexico 24 17 1997 22 12 Long Beach, CA 7 13 1998 13 19 Texas Motor Speedway 13 postponed 1999 24 20 Nazareth Speedway 3 13 Motegi, Japan 7 11 The Milwaukee Mile 21 13 Detroit, MI 19 25