CHAMPCAR/CART: Jourdain Jr. Lausitz Friday notes

Because of the limited track time available to the drivers due to inclement weather, the grid for tomorrow's German 500 has been established based on championship series points. Herdez Bettenhausen driver Michel Jourdain Jr. will start from the...

Because of the limited track time available to the drivers due to inclement weather, the grid for tomorrow's German 500 has been established based on championship series points. Herdez Bettenhausen driver Michel Jourdain Jr. will start from the 21st position.

Michel Jourdain, Jr.
"The track is great! The whole facility here at EuroSpeedway is just amazing. The track is very wide and smooth and it's a lot faster than we thought it would be. Iâ^À^Ùm glad the weather cleared up and we could finally get a run on the track. We're hoping that the weather stays good and we can put on a good race for the fans here tomorrow."

Fast Facts
* The German 500 marks Jourdainâ^À^Ùs 96th start in the CART FedEx Championship Series and his 93rd consecutive start (beginning at Vancouver in 1996). This will be his 35th start with Herdez Bettenhausen and his first start at this event.

* Jourdain has qualified in the top-ten four times so far this season; Long Beach (7th), Nazareth (3rd), Twin Ring Motegi (7th), and Michigan (6th).

* At the Harrahâ^À^Ùs 500 presented by Toyota at the Michigan International Speedway, Jourdain scored the first podium of his Champ Car career with a 3rd place finish.

* At his first event, Long Beach 1996, Jourdain made history by becoming the youngest driver ever to start a Champ Car event at 19 years, six months and two days old. Recently turned 25, Jourdain remains the third youngest driver in the series behind only Scott Dixon and Bruno Junqueira.

What's on Tap The German 500 will air live in the United States on ESPN, beginning at 7:30am ET Saturday. The race will also air live locally on ARD, Germany's dominant television network, beginning at 1:03 p.m. A total of eight international broadcasters will be televising Saturday's German 500, including TV Azteca of Mexico; Automundo of South America; Rede Record of Brazil; Innovative Media of Canada; NTV of Japan; Channel 10 of Australia; SVT of Sweden and Mediaset of Italy. Saturday's race will also air on the CART Radio Network which will provide audio to nearly one million American servicemen and women worldwide through the American Forces Radio Network and on CART's official website, at www.cart.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon , Michel Jourdain