CHAMPCAR/CART: Herdez Bettenhausen Portland qualifying report

Freightliner/G.I. Joe's 200 presented by Texaco/Havoline Saturday, June 23, 2001 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/Havoline
Saturday, June 23, 2001
Round 8 of the CART FedEx Championship Series
Portland International Raceway
1.969-mile permanent road course

#16 Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Firestone

Qualifying Time: 58.938 seconds
Speed: 120.269 mph average
Position: 24th

Jourdain had an encouraging final practice session this morning, completing a circuit of the almost-2-mile course in 58.319 seconds (121.545 mph), placing him 6th overall in that session.

However the afternoon's qualifying run did not go as smoothly. Jourdain's car was significantly damaged on the last timed lap of the Group One qualifying session when he made heavy left side contact with the tire barrier at the "carousel", the last set of turns prior to the pit straight. While the team is currently working to repair the car, it is anticipated that they will start the back up car in tomorrow's 98-lap event.

Michel Jourdain Jr.
"The car was just not the same as in this morning's practice. We have a lot of oversteer that we didn't have before and I don't know why. The oversteer made the car really hard to drive and I just couldn't keep it on the track. Once I got on the grass, the car skated all the way to the fence - there was no way to catch it."

What's on tap
Sunday's race coverage begins with the CART 2Day show on ESPN2 at 11:00am EDT. The Freightliner's/G.I. Joe 200 presented by Texaco/Havoline will covered live by the CART Radio Network, on the web at www.CART.com, and on cable network ESPN at 4:00pm EDT.

Fast Facts

* Freightliner/G.I. Joe's 200 presented by Texaco marks Jourdain's 88th start in the CART FedEx Championship Series and his 85th consecutive start (beginning at Vancouver in 1996).

* Jourdain logs his 27th start with Herdez Bettenhausen at the Portland International Raceway and his sixth start at this event.

-Herdez Bettenhausen

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michel Jourdain