CHAMPCAR/CART: Jourdain Motegi qualifying

Michel Jourdain, Jr.: "We're happy - it was a good run. Every session, we are going in the right direction. The team is very good; the car is very good. Every week we are getting stronger. Now we just really need to put together the results....

Michel Jourdain, Jr.:
"We're happy - it was a good run. Every session, we are going in the right direction. The team is very good; the car is very good. Every week we are getting stronger. Now we just really need to put together the results. We know that as long as we stay focused and keep at it, the results will come."

Fast Facts
* Firestone Firehawk 500 marks Jourdain's 85th start in the CART FedEx Championship Series and his 82nd consecutive start (beginning at Vancouver in 1996), placing him fifth among active drivers in consecutive career starts.

* Jourdain logs his 24th start with Herdez Bettenhausen at the Firestone Firehawk 500 and his fourth start at this event.

* 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.

* Today's effort marks Jourdain's 3rd top-ten qualifying effort in the past four attempts.

* Best qualifying to date: Jourdain: 3rd at Nazareth Speedway (2001)

* Best finishes to date:
Jourdain: 7th at Elkhart Lake's Road America (1999) and the streets of Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia (2000).

Jourdain at Twin Ring Motegi: 18th (1999)

Herdez Bettenhausen: 2nd at Gateway International Raceway (1997) with Patrick Carpentier and Milwaukee (1998) with Helio Castroneves.

-BHM

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Michel Jourdain