Max Papis finishes third and Michel Jourdain, Jr. assumes points lead with fifth-place result Notes: PAPIS SCORES SECOND PODIUM OF SEASON; JOURDAIN TAKES CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD - Sigma Autosport driver Max Papis claimed his second podium result of...
Max Papis finishes third and Michel Jourdain, Jr. assumes points lead with fifth-place result
PAPIS SCORES SECOND PODIUM OF SEASON; JOURDAIN TAKES CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD - Sigma Autosport driver Max Papis claimed his second podium result of the season by finishing third in the Miller Lite 250 at The Milwaukee Mile. Papis, who started 17th and made up 14 positions during the 250-lap race, now sits fourth in the championship with 32 points. Paul Tracy claimed the victory, while polesitter Adrian Fernandez finished second and Christian Fittipaldi finished fourth. Team Rahal driver Michel Jourdain, Jr., drove from his 18th starting position to score a fifth-place finish (his fourth in a row) and assume the lead in the championship (42 points) over Dario Franchitti (35 points), who crashed on lap 189 and finished 12th.
Quotes: MAX PAPIS (#22 Sigma Autosport Ford) - Finished 3rd
YOU'RE EARNING A REPUTATION THIS YEAR AS SOMEONE WHO CAN COME FROM THE BACK. "That's why they call me 'Mad Max.' When I came over to the United States I got my nickname because I could come from the back. Today was a great success for us. Again we proved that with so little we can do so much. We came here with just one car and no spares so it was very difficult to hang it out in qualifying because we had everything pretty much trimmed out. If the car stepped out on me just one time we would've not been able to race, so I'm very proud of what we've been able to do. The engineers and all my mechanics work with so little and they can achieve so much. This proves that we are a very sound and smooth group of people."
MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR. (#9 Gigante Ford) - Finished 5th
"I'm very happy and excited. I have the best people working with me. I'm also very happy for the team, my sponsors and this is unbelievable."
WAS THERE A PROBLEM WITH THE MARBLES OUT THERE TODAY? "Yeah, I could see them all around the track. It was very important to stay down towards the inside of the track and not go wide because then you would've gotten into the marbles and that's something I tried very hard to avoid all day. It's nice to be leading the points, but there's still a long way to go in the championship. Team Rahal is giving me some great tools, the best pit stops and the best strategy, and that makes my life a lot easier."
JIMMY VASSER (#8 Shell Ford) - Finished 9th
"We were just kind of hanging in there. The car wasn't all that fantastic, but we were just biding our time. I just barely touched the edge of the marbles with my right front because I was pushing really bad off of Turn Two and I just went for a ride for a about a lap and a half. Going down into Turn Three the car still wouldn't turn, so there were just some terrible, terrible marbles out there today."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Finished 15th (electrical) -
"We're having electrical problems and it keeps the alternator from charging the batteries. Something is wrong there but I'm not sure what it is."
THIS HAS TO BE A DISAPPOINTING END TO YOUR DAY CONSIDERING YOU WERE RUNNING TOWARDS THE FRONT. "The car was pretty good and we were just hanging there and trying to save fuel. I thought I could continue moving towards the front but my guys just said to stay there and save fuel."
MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#16 Herdez Ford) - Finished 17th (mechanical)
"The car was good today. We didn't qualify very well, but the car has been fast all weekend. I guess something failed with the fuel mechanism and that ended our day."
DO YOU FEEL CONFIDENT HEADING BACK TO THE ROAD COURSES? "Yeah, the team and I are coming together and I think we showed that in practice. We just have to keep these things from happening and try to do a better job in qualifying."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Finished 19th (electrical)
"It's sad for the team because we didn't want to lose so many points for the championship. The car was pretty good today, but we just had a bit of an electrical problem. The battery was going down so we came in and changed it and when I went out the guys saw that it was an alternator problem. If we kept on running we would've had to keep changing the battery every six or seven laps and there was no point in doing that. It's too bad for the team because we were fourth in the points and we don't want to fall back too much. But we'll get them back in Laguna Seca next week."