CHAMPCAR/CART: Jourdain qualifies third at Nazareth

<pre> Lehigh Valley Grand Prix presented by Toyota - Round ...

<pre> Lehigh Valley Grand Prix presented by Toyota - Round #3 Saturday, May 5, 2001 Car #16, Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Firestone

Position: 3rd Career-best qualifying effort (previous best: 5th at California Speedway in 1997) Time: 19.995 seconds Speed: 170.707 mph </pre>

"The car was really, really good during my qualifying laps. It got a little bit loose in the last corner of the second timed lap but not as loose as Max! (Referring to Max Papis who spun coming out of turn four on the way to the green flag on his first qualifying attempt.)

We've been fast in every session this weekend and I think it just shows how hard the Herdez Bettenhausen team is working to become competitive every time out on the track. We made a couple of little changes to the car before qualifying - mostly for the changes in the weather - and they worked well for us. It doesn't take much at this track to make the car go a little faster - or a lot slower - so we were very happy.

We will change a few things for the race but nothing major. I have to say thank you to my engineer, Tom Brown, because he always gives me very good cars to drive so I feel very confident for tomorrow's race.

Each year in my career I have had some good races but I have known all winter that this was going to be a good season for us. It is so good to come out to the track every time and be fast. The sponsors have supported me so much and the guys on the team have never stopped working. Now they can see that their work is paying off!"

Fast Facts
* Lehigh Valley Grand Prix presented by Toyota marks Jourdain's 84th start in the CART FedEx Championship Series and his 81st consecutive start (beginning at Vancouver in 1996), placing him fifth among active drivers in consecutive career starts.

* 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.

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

Herdez Bettenhausen: 2nd place: Gateway, 1997 with Patrick Carpentier and Milwaukee, 1998 with Helio Castroneves.


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Max Papis , Patrick Carpentier , Tom Brown