CHAMPCAR/CART: Jourdain Jr. Cleveland qualifying notes

Qualifying for tomorrow's 100-lap Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland was interrupted by lightning and heavy rainfall, causing the second session to be red-flagged for approximately 18 minutes. The first group of qualifiers ran their 30-minute session...

Qualifying for tomorrow's 100-lap Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland was interrupted by lightning and heavy rainfall, causing the second session to be red-flagged for approximately 18 minutes. The first group of qualifiers ran their 30-minute session in hot and humid conditions but the skies opened just seconds before the second group of drivers took to the track. Weather.com is currently predicting a 60% chance of rain at race time (1:00 pm EDT) on Sunday.

Michel Jourdain, Jr.

"We still have a lot of oversteer in the car. All weekend we have been fighting this. We have made a lot of changes to the car in each session trying to find the solution but somewhere along the way, we got lost. It is very hard in just one half hour of qualifying to find where to make the changes to get back on track.

"It is hard to say what will happen if it rains tomorrow. On one hand, it is the same for everyone, so it is hard to say it is an advantage for us. But on the other hand, it does level the field some. So now, we just wait and see."

Sunday's race coverage begins with the CART 2Day show on ESPN2 at 11:00am EDT. Michel's visit to the Shriner's Hospital for Children in Portland is scheduled to be one of the featured stories of the show. The Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland presented by Firstar will covered live by the CART Radio Network, on the web at www.CART.com, and on ABC at 1:00pm EDT.

Fast Facts

* Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland presented by Firstar marks Jourdain's 89th start in the CART FedEx Championship Series and his 86th consecutive start (beginning at Vancouver in 1996.

-HBM

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