CHAMPCAR/CART: Lausitz: Jourdain qualifying result restored

Team Rahal protest upheld, Jourdain qualifying result restored. LAUSITZ, Germany (May 10, 2003) -- After hearing the formal protest lodged by Team Rahal covering Saturday's decision by the CART Champ Car World Series to disallow the German 500...

Team Rahal protest upheld, Jourdain qualifying result restored.

LAUSITZ, Germany (May 10, 2003) -- After hearing the formal protest lodged by Team Rahal covering Saturday's decision by the CART Champ Car World Series to disallow the German 500 qualifying time of driver Michel Jourdain Jr., the series judges have decided in favor of the team, and have revoked all penalties.

On May 10, 2003, initial technical inspection found the team's car to be in violation of Champ Car rule 9.5.2H.2, which states 'No addition of air ducts or modification of the filter mounting is allowed'. After hearing from both sides in the matter and an examination of the race car parts in question, the judges upheld the Team Rahal protest.

As a result, the team will not be fined, $500 of their protest fee will be returned and the #9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone of Jourdain will be returned to its rightful place on the grid, meaning that Jourdain will start third in Sunday's German 500 at EuroSpeedway Lausitz. The race starts at 2 p.m. local time, (8 a.m. Eastern) and can be seen on a same-day, tape-delayed basis on CBS Sports at 1 p.m. Eastern.

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Series IndyCar
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