CHAMPCAR/CART: Lexington: Team Rahal Saturday report

Vasser and Jourdain make significant gains in Mid-Ohio qualifying, LEXINGTON, OH . . . After a disappointing first day of qualifying for Sunday's CART Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio, Team Rahal drivers Jimmy Vasser and Michel Jourdain Jr. made...

Vasser and Jourdain make significant gains in Mid-Ohio qualifying,

LEXINGTON, OH . . . After a disappointing first day of qualifying for Sunday's CART Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio, Team Rahal drivers Jimmy Vasser and Michel Jourdain Jr. made significant progress on track during Saturday's qualifying session.

Jimmy Vasser piloted the Shell car to a fast lap of 121.006 mph, which puts him 13th on the starting grid. Vasser gained almost a full second on track on Saturday, which translated to nearly two mph faster than his fastest lap on Friday.

The biggest gains of the day were made by the Gigante team and driver Michel Jourdain Jr. who gained over 1.5-seconds on his fast lap on Saturday which translated to nearly three mph. Jourdain, who was plagued with mechanical problems on Friday and found himself at the back of the provisional grid, will start 16th after turning a fast lap of 120.302 mph

Sunday's race, the 21st CART event at the historic Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, will be broadcast live on CBS beginning at 12:30 PM EDT.

Jimmy Vasser (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires) - "There were no real issues with the car today. The Shell car felt pretty good but the overall grip wasn't there for us. It was a major problem. The car felt pretty well balanced but it's just slow for us. It felt like I was driving on the limit. From where I'm sitting, I can't pinpoint one thing with the car that is bad. Obviously we are well off the pace right now. I can't blame it on the track or slippery conditions because other guys went quicker. We'll just have to improve the car for the race. With the longer race this year, I think we can make up so ground if the car is good."

Michel Jourdain Jr. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires) - "We might have gone too early in qualifying today. The grip just wasn't there on the track. There seemed to be a lot of grass and other debris on the track from the earlier Formula Ford race. The track was very, very different from the morning. There was no grip in the early runs of today's qualifying. The track was better on the second run but we didn't improve enough. It was tough for us after yesterday's qualifying with the mechanical problems. I felt like the car was better and we picked up a second and a half from Friday. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough today."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Michel Jourdain
Teams ART Grand Prix