CHAMPCAR/CART: Homestead Michel Jourdain Jr. Ready

Mexican driver Michel Jourdain Jr. after a difficult first day in the FedEx Championship's 2000 season, had a productive day this Saturday and improved his time, despite not completing too many laps on Friday, because of a number of...

Mexican driver Michel Jourdain Jr. after a difficult first day in the FedEx Championship's 2000 season, had a productive day this Saturday and improved his time, despite not completing too many laps on Friday, because of a number of difficulties (engine and gearbox). Now, the Herdez-backed driver feels very pleased with his car and he is looking forward this Sunday's race on the 1.502-oval at Homestead.

Michel Jourdain Jr., Car #16, Herdez/Bettenhausen Motorsports: "We had a lot of improvements for qualifying, after a hard Friday. The Herdez/Bettenhausen team did a tremendous effort to overcome this difficult situation and now I am very pleased with my car. I think this change of team certainly is proving to be good, despite yesterday's lack of practice (Friday), we did not run too many laps and this lack of miles certainly affected us in our qualifying performance, but the car looks very promising for the race."

"Definitely, I would liked to qualify better, but this is our first race of the year and I think the best is still to come. Nonetheless, we are just ¡8 tenths from the pole! I think tomorrow we will have a good performance. My team Herdez/Bettenhausen Motorsports and our suppliers (Mercedes-Benz, Lola and Firestone), are providing us the best they could and I am very confident we will get a good result," he said.

Tom Brown, Managing Director/Chief Engineer, Herdez/Bettenhausen: "I am very pleased with our progress, but we need to make more. We certainly know what direction we have to go in and our crew has been doing a tremendous job this weekend."

Michel Jourdain Jr. qualified in the 21st. spot with a lap time of 26.791 seconds, at an average speed of 201.829 Mph.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michel Jourdain , Tom Brown