Vasser and Jourdain battle tricky track conditions at Miami. MIAMI, FL . . . Team Rahal drivers Jimmy Vasser and Michel Jourdain Jr. battled tricky track conditions on the first day of practice and qualifying for the Grand Prix Americas in Miami.
Vasser and Jourdain battle tricky track conditions at Miami.
MIAMI, FL . . . Team Rahal drivers Jimmy Vasser and Michel Jourdain Jr. battled tricky track conditions on the first day of practice and qualifying for the Grand Prix Americas in Miami. Slick track conditions are the norm at street courses, but the first year track at Bayfront Park along the Port of Miami proved extra challenging.
Vasser piloted the Shell car to 12th in provisional qualifying with a fast lap of 79.434 mph. Ironically the last time CART raced on the streets of Miami in 1995, Vasser also qualified 12th.
Office Depot/Gigante driver Michel Jourdain Jr. finished 15th on the provisional grid. Jourdain, running the livery with the locally based Office Depot on the side of his Ford-Cosworth/Lola, was unable to get a clean lap on his second qualifying run after holding a spot in the top-five after his first run.
Practice and qualifying will resume on Saturday with CBS broadcasting Sunday's Grand Prix Americas live at 1:00 PM EDT
Jimmy Vasser (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires) - "We struggled with the handling of the race car today. I think the track is proving to be difficult with traction or grip. It's a fun layout and there are a lot of palm trees here and there is lots of good scenery if you know what I mean. We are going to sit down tonight and make a bunch of changes. We had no grip at all this morning and we were one of the slowest cars on the track. It was really tough. We improved the car a little bit this afternoon but the grip still isn't very good. We have to address several issues and see if we can't shake a few answers out of the trailer tonight."
Michel Jourdain Jr. (#9 Office Depot/Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires) - "Our Office Depot/Gigante car was better in qualifying after we made some changes from this morning. We had some antenna problems with the radio in the first part of qualifying and I didn't know how many laps were left on those tires because I couldn't hear the crew. It would have been good to take a couple more laps during our first run. On my second run I couldn't get a clear lap. Every time I created some space for myself I would run up on traffic. It was very frustrating. It is great to be back racing in Miami. This can be a fantastic event. The fans are enthusiastic and the women are beautiful. The atmosphere here is the best."