CHAMPCAR/CART: Michel Jourdain intends to remain with series

Michel Jourdain Jr. Announces Intent To Remain With Champ Car INDIANAPOLIS (March 18, 2004) -- One of the new breed of Champ Car superstars and a rapidly-rising hero in his native Mexico, Michel Jourdain Jr. announced Thursday that he would...

Michel Jourdain Jr. Announces Intent To Remain With Champ Car

INDIANAPOLIS (March 18, 2004) -- One of the new breed of Champ Car superstars and a rapidly-rising hero in his native Mexico, Michel Jourdain Jr. announced Thursday that he would remain with the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford despite the departure of Team Rahal, with whom he competed for the last two seasons.

"I will always be grateful for the opportunities and successes I had with Team Rahal," Jourdain said. "I am sad to see them leave but I am excited about the future of the Champ Car World Series. It is extremely important to me to be able to continue to race in my homeland of Mexico in front of the passionate Mexican race fans."

Jourdain had a breakthrough year in 2003, claiming the first two victories of his Champ Car career. He set a series single-race record by leading 234 laps to win in Milwaukee and then climbed from fourth place on the starting grid to score a victory in Montreal. He is the youngest driver ever to start a Champ Car race and has seven career podium finishes including one in Monterrey, Mexico last season.

"We are very happy to learn that Michel Jourdain intends to remain with the Champ Car World Series," said Champ Car President Dick Eidswick. "Michel is poised to become one of the top drivers in all of open-wheel racing and has become one of the fan favorites not only in his native Mexico, but at every stop on the Champ Car schedule."

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