Michel Jourdain Jr. ...
Michel Jourdain Jr.
#16 Herdez Bettenhausen Ford-Cosworth/Lola
Time: 20.841 seconds (morning session)
Speed: 163.409 mph/ 262.974 kph
Position: 5th overall
"The car is very, very good. I think we have a perfect car for the race and we need to improve it only a hair for qualifying. We'll have to see how the weather is tomorrow but I think we are in good shape."
(the ambient temperature increased from 80F to 93F from the start of the morning session to the start of the afternoon session - on how the temperature affects him as a driver) "When you are doing short stints in the car, say less than 15 laps, the heat doesn't bother you too much. But for the race, where you are in the car for two hours straight, I'll be happier if it is a bit cooler than today!"
* Following a final practice session on Saturday morning (45-minutes in duration), Michel will be the 10th of 25 drivers to qualify for Sunday's 225-mile Lehigh Valley Grand Prix.