CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach: Michael Jourdain Jr Saturday qualifying report

Michel Jourdain Jr., ...

Michel Jourdain Jr., #9

Qualified 12th overall: 1:10.91 / 99.910-mph.

After making changes to the #9 Gigante car from Friday's qualifying, Jourdain looked poised to improve his provisional qualifying effort. A drying track and red flags, however, left the RuSPORT crew little time to carve out a better flyer. Michel's time of 1:12.055 left him 11th quickest for today's session. His time from Friday will place him 12th on the grid for Sunday's Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Michel Jourdain Jr.

"It was a terrible day today. We made some changes from yesterday to today and we could have been better, but the session just didn't go that way. We're not where we want to be for starting tomorrow, but it's a very long race, so we'll try to get the most out of it and get some championship points for the weekend. Then we have another month to take what we've learned and to gel more for the next event."

Bruce Ashmore, Race Engineer

"It was frustrating, trying to get a lap in today. The car was definitely better than yesterday, so we are happy with that. We've got a few more adjustments to make for the race and I'll think we'll be pretty good. We did want to move up the grid a bit though. The team has been fantastic through this. I've never known a team like it. To come together and grow into a two car team in just about a week and be where we are, is just fantastic. If you take where the team has come from, we should be last-and we're certainly not last."

Jeremy Dale, Team President

"With Michel being the veteran that he is, he knew what was going on here and how to manage it and was doing his best to manage it. We did get a bit caught out by all the red flags, and being this far down pit lane, it does hurt getting out on the track at the end of the line of traffic. All of that added up, so as much as we tried to do with session management, it just didn't add up today."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Jourdain , Bruce Ashmore , Michel Jourdain