CHAMPCAR/CART: Japan; Michel Jordain, Jr. does it again

Herdez/Bettenhausen Motorsports driver Michel Jourdain Jr. finished within the points for the second time in the season (the first time was Long Beach, when he was 11th). After starting from the 18th spot on the grid for the Firestone Firehawk...

Herdez/Bettenhausen Motorsports driver Michel Jourdain Jr. finished within the points for the second time in the season (the first time was Long Beach, when he was 11th). After starting from the 18th spot on the grid for the Firestone Firehawk 500 he managed to finish 12th. Jourdain Jr., who gave a good performance, was the best Mercedes Benz driver in the race, despite being penalized and forced to go to the back of the pack following his first pit stop.

Michel Jourdain Jr., Car #16, Herdez/Bettenhausen Motorsports: "I am very happy. We were competitive and we had a good car to fight against anybody. Unfortunately, we were penalized because following my first pit stop, I ran over an air gun that was laying in Christian Fittipaldi's pit box, directly in front of me. They sent me to the back of the field (behind Mark Blundell) and I lost one lap. After that, it's difficult to regain positions, because you have to let the leaders pass."

Joe Ward, Team Manager, Herdez/Bettenhausen Motorsports: "The second set of tires were not good and we lost a lot of time. And we had an infraction when one of the Newman-Haas crew members left a gun in the middle of the pit lane and Michel ran over it. It caused us to go to the back of the pack. We had originally gone out eleventh after that pit stop. He moved up quickly, but a bad set of tires held us up. Michel ran a really smart race. We did not have to tell him a whole lot. He did it all on his own and he had a good finish."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Christian Fittipaldi , Mark Blundell , Joe Ward , Michel Jourdain