CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterrey: Team Rahal Saturday report

Jourdain will start fifth at Monterrey. MONTERREY, MEXICO . . ..Michel Jourdain Jr., Team Rahal's Gigante driver, posted the fourth quickest time during Saturday qualifying, which earned him a fifth place starting spot on the grid for ...

Jourdain will start fifth at Monterrey.

MONTERREY, MEXICO . . ..Michel Jourdain Jr., Team Rahal's Gigante driver, posted the fourth quickest time during Saturday qualifying, which earned him a fifth place starting spot on the grid for Sunday's Grand Prix of Monterrey. Jourdain, making his second consecutive top-five start, equaled his career best start on a road or street course.

Jourdain posted his fast lap of 99.835 mph during his initial qualifying run. A mishap with a trackside curb fractured the front wing on Jourdain's car and forced the team to prematurely end the initial run and change the front nose and wings. Jourdain came close to bettering his position on his second qualifying stint but was unable to surpass his quick time.

"On my first set of tires I went off and broke the front wing. I ran over a piece of it and had a flat tire. Fortunately, I already had a fast lap time in because when we changed the front wing, the car wasn't quite as good. We were making progress and the car was quite good. It is always our goal to qualify in the top five and this is two straight races that we have done so. The top five is where you want to be to start the race. Cristiano [da Matta] won by starting here fifth last year. I think we can win tomorrow but I know it will be a very long and hard race."

Newman-Haas rookie Sebastian Bourdais captured his second pole position of the season with a fast lap of 101.076 mph on Saturday. He will be joined on the front row by Friday's provisional pole winner Paul Tracy of Players/Forsythe Racing.

Sunday's Grand Prix of Monterrey, Round 2 of the 2003 Champ Car World Series, will be broadcast live on SPEED (2:30 PM EST).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Michel Jourdain