CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: Team Rahal Saturday qualifying quotes

Chaotic session leaves Rahal drivers with little track time. MEXICO CITY, MEXICO . . . Track time during qualifying came at a premium for Team Rahal drivers Jimmy Vasser and Michel Jourdain Jr. following a chaotic qualifying session in Mexico ...

Chaotic session leaves Rahal drivers with little track time.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO . . . Track time during qualifying came at a premium for Team Rahal drivers Jimmy Vasser and Michel Jourdain Jr. following a chaotic qualifying session in Mexico City.

Vasser's suffered an engine failure during qualifying warm-up and never took to the track in his back-up car thus keeping his qualifying time from Friday. The slick track conditions and the numerous red flags made it difficult for drivers to top their times from Friday and therefore Vasser will start fifth overall.

Michel Jourdain Jr. suffered through a nightmarish session that saw his primary car sidelined with an oil leak. This back-up car was quick but he was able to log only a single timed lap due to the numerous red flags. Jourdain will start 17th.

The Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante will air live on SPEED Channel Sunday at 4:00 PM EST.

Jimmy Vasser (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires) - "The engine blew and we didn't go out to protect our time. We were ready but we were waiting to see if anyone would go faster and no body went any faster to the point where we called it a day rather than erase our time from yesterday. Fifth is our starting point and we got to be happy with than today."

Michel Jourdain Jr. (#9 Office Depot/Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires) - "We it was one of those days where everything goes wrong. We had an engine problem and we went to the other car and it was much, much better. However we only got one lap and that was that. Every time I had another lap there was a red flag. It is frustrating but the car was better so I know we will be ready for tomorrow."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Michel Jourdain