Jourdain wins at Milwaukee Team Rahal driver dominates to win his first Champ Car race WEST ALLIS, WI . . . Michel Jourdain Jr. dominated the Milwaukee Mile Centennial 250 Saturday night leading a Champ Car World Series record 234 laps as he ...
Jourdain wins at Milwaukee
Team Rahal driver dominates to win his first Champ Car race
WEST ALLIS, WI . . . Michel Jourdain Jr. dominated the Milwaukee Mile Centennial 250 Saturday night leading a Champ Car World Series record 234 laps as he posted his first career win. The victory vaulted the Team Rahal Gigante driver into the Champ Car championship lead by ten points over Paul Tracy (77-67).
For Jourdain the victory came ironically on a track which had been one of the most difficult for him over his eight-year Champ Car career. Prior to this weekend he had never started higher than 18th at the Milwaukee Mile and he had just one points paying result in seven races on the historic track.
"This is so perfect," said Jourdain. "It means a lot to me to get my first win here at Milwaukee, especially because I have had so much trouble here in the past. Someday I will be able to tell my grandchildren that I won the first night race in CART and that I won the 100th race at the Milwaukee Mile. This is so sweet, especially after the disappointment at Long Beach. We had a dominate car there just like we had tonight. There are so many things that can go wrong on a short oval that I just kept thinking to myself what will go wrong tonight, but nothing did. The car was so good and we were able to pull out to a big lead on everybody so I just had to concentrate and not make a mistake. I knew we had the fastest car and so if I didn't make a mistake no one would get past me."
Team owner Bobby Rahal was one of the first to greet Michel at the winner's circle. "I am so proud of the job Michel has done this season," said Rahal. "I always felt that there was untapped potential in Michel and he has proved me right numerous times since we signed him. This is a special moment for any driver and I am glad this moment came so soon for him after the heartbreak at Long Beach."
The win is the 15th in Team Rahal's history and the first since Jimmy Vasser won at Fontana last November. This marks the sixth consecutive season that Team Rahal has won a race.
For the second time in three seasons Team Rahal has won the race at the Milwaukee Mile (Kenny Brack 2001). Jourdain's win also marked the third straight season that a Team Rahal driver has left Milwaukee as the Champ Car points leader.