CHAMPCAR/CART: Mid-Ohio: Team Rahal Saturday report

Jourdain will start fourth at Mid-Ohio. LEXINGTON, OH . . . Team Rahal's Gigante Champ Car driver Michel Jourdain Jr. will start fourth on Sunday marking Team Rahal's best start at Mid-Ohio since the 2000 season. Jourdain, currently third in ...

Jourdain will start fourth at Mid-Ohio.

LEXINGTON, OH . . . Team Rahal's Gigante Champ Car driver Michel Jourdain Jr. will start fourth on Sunday marking Team Rahal's best start at Mid-Ohio since the 2000 season. Jourdain, currently third in the Champ Car World Series championship, is making his best career start on the historic 2.258-mile course topping the 14th he started at Mid-Ohio in 1997.

Jourdain posted a fast lap of 120.900 mph on his final timed lap which pushed him from ninth on the grid to fourth. The second row start marks only the fifth time in the history of Team Rahal that the team has qualified a car in the first two rows for its home race.

"Starting fourth is great considering how bad a test we had here in June," said Jourdain. "Today we didn't take advantage of our first set of tires because we went out too early. The track just wasn't very good so we posted a bad time. Fortunately I was able to get a good lap in before the red and so we are in good shape for the race tomorrow. It is a long tough race here at Mid-Ohio and a lot can happen. We need points and we need to gain on the championship leaders so we need to be on the podium and we need to finish ahead of Paul [Tracy] and Bruno [Junqueira]. That is the goal for tomorrow."

Paul Tracy captured his sixth pole of the 2003 season and will start next to second place qualifier rookie Ryan Hunter-Reay who is making his first front row start of his Champ Car career. Jourdain will start next to rookie Sebastien Bourdais in row two.

Round 12 of the Champ Car World Series can bee seen live on SPEED Sunday afternoon beginning at 1:30 pm EDT.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Sébastien Bourdais