CHAMPCAR/CART: Lexington: Team Rahal race report

Team Rahal claims a pair Of point paying results at Mid-Ohio. LEXINGTON, OH . . . Team Rahal's Jimmy Vasser and Michel Jourdain endured the longest Champ Car race ever at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and claimed a pair of points paying ...

Team Rahal claims a pair Of point paying results at Mid-Ohio.

LEXINGTON, OH . . . Team Rahal's Jimmy Vasser and Michel Jourdain endured the longest Champ Car race ever at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and claimed a pair of points paying results.

Vasser brought the Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola home in eighth place rebounding from his fifth DNF of (Did Not Finish) 2002. For Vasser the eighth place result was his sixth top-ten of the season. Vasser is 12th in the season standings with 47 points.

Michel Jourdain Jr. brought the Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola home in 11th place marking the 11th straight race that he has posted a points paying result. That streak tied the Team Rahal record for consecutive points paying results which was set by team owner Bobby Rahal in 1998. Jourdain is fifth overall in the CART championship with 76 points. The 25-year-old is just ten points out of third.

Pole sitter Patrick Carpentier captured the CART Grand Prix of mid-Ohio by leading the entire race except for three laps under pit sequences. The win was the second of the season for Carpentier who moves into second in the points race.

Team Rahal and CART returns to action next week at Elkhart Lake's Road America.

Jimmy Vasser (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires) - "The car was just loose on entry (to the corner) all day long. We made the car a little better in the race but it was something mechanical that needed to be better. At least we made it through the first lap today and ran the whole race. The Shell boys did a good job in the pits but we just didn't have the speed. That was all the car had today - eighth. Our hats are off to Patrick (Carpentier) and the Players team today. They did a great job. I'm happy for Ford. I think they have made some gains recently in the engine program. I love going to Elkhart Lake but we have to work on making our cars better. Running in the middle of the pack isn't what Team Rahal wants. I know I don't want that either. We have to work harder to make the adjustments."

Michel Jourdain Jr. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires) - "It was very long race and very tough for us today. I'm glad today is over. It was a very hard weekend for our team. Losing Steve (Stabler) was extremely hard for everyone. We have been strong on several road circuits this year but not here. At least we got some points today. The crew worked very hard to keep me in the race today. We just didn't qualify well and it is so hard to pass here. We had lots of trouble gaining grip and we are still working with the traction control. I'm confident we'll be better next week at Elkhart Lake."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Bobby Rahal , Patrick Carpentier , Michel Jourdain
Teams ART Grand Prix