Jourdain's career-best qualifying effort yesterday was spoiled today by two spins, resulting in a 13th place finish. Jourdain lost his 3rd place grid position to 4th place starter Oriol Servia on the first lap but then held that position...
Jourdain's career-best qualifying effort yesterday was spoiled today by two spins, resulting in a 13th place finish. Jourdain lost his 3rd place grid position to 4th place starter Oriol Servia on the first lap but then held that position comfortably through the first 72 laps of the 225-lap race distance. Problems passing another car resulted in a spin that dropped Jourdain to 18th place. Continued hard racing and patience brought Michel back to 8th place on lap 126. The team opted for a two pitstop race strategy - an aggressive move since the second stop took place at just over half race distance on lap 116. While conserving fuel, Jourdain continued to post lap times consistent with the leaders and had battled back to 5th place before a spin on lap 213 dropped him back to his finishing position of 13th.
Michel Jourdain, Jr.
"For sure, I am very disappointed with this result. It's not enough, you know. We come here to race and to win, not just to qualify well. I had a car today that could win and I didn't make it happen."
On the first of two contact-free spins during the race...
"I am really upset with Bryan (Herta) and Alex (Zanardi). I don't know if Bryan had a problem with his car or what, but he was a lap down. At the time I was in fourth place and he let the first three cars go by him with no problem. But for some reason, when I got to him, he closed the door on me. It's really unfair you know, because I showed him the car so he knew I was there. But he balked me and sent me into the grass. "
Tom Brown - Chief Engineer
"This team and driver have a lot to be proud of this weekend. We've come a long way and working with the folks at Ford-Cosworth has definitely accelerated our program. I think we showed this weekend that we're knocking on the door for a victory. We practiced well, we qualified well, and by and large we raced well. But sometimes when you race that hard, incidents happen. You have to accept them, learn from them, and move on."