CHAMPCAR/CART: Joudain Jr. Road America qualifying

Qualifying for tomorrow's 55-lap Motorola 220 was held today under conditions that varied from sprinkles to persistent rain. A heavy downpour about an hour before the sessions soaked the track but the rain eased off before official lap times were...

Qualifying for tomorrow's 55-lap Motorola 220 was held today under conditions that varied from sprinkles to persistent rain. A heavy downpour about an hour before the sessions soaked the track but the rain eased off before official lap times were posted. The seven fastest times on the grid, headed by the championship points leader Kenny Brack, were posted on the final lap of the day.

Michel Jourdain, Jr.
"For sure, the second group of qualifiers had an advantage over the first group because (the first group) helped to dry the track. It is easy to say now that we should have gone to a full rain set up but there was no way to know that. Like always, we are hopeful for a good result in tomorrow's race."

"Over the Wall" Crew Change
Due to an injury sustained at the last round, the following changes will be made to Herdez Bettenhausen's "over the wall" crew. Joe "Dickie" Hedges, who suffered a minor knee injury during a pitstop at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course, will move from his normal position on outside rear to the pit board. Brent "Forrest" Jones will move from the wall to the inside rear wheel and Heath "Opie" Huddleston will take over duties at the outside rear.

With a week off before the Vancouver round, the crew is expected to resume their regular positions at the next event.

Fast Facts

* The Motorola 220 marks Jourdain's 94th start in the CART FedEx Championship Series and his 91st consecutive start (beginning at Vancouver in 1996). This will be his 32nd start with Herdez Bettenhausen and his fifth start at this event.

* At Round 11, the Harrah's 500 presented by Toyota at the Michigan International Speedway, Jourdain scored the first podium of his Champ Car career with a 3rd place finish.

* Best finishes to date:
Jourdain: 3rd place: Michigan International Speedway, 2001
Jourdain at Road America: 7th, 1999

-HBM

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Kenny Brack , Michel Jourdain