Strategy and Bridgestone Help Jourdain to 2nd Champ Car Victory. Michel Jourdain Jr. utilized a wise race strategy and lightning-quick pit work from his Team Rahal crew to win today's Molson Indy Montreal. Jourdain also relied on the excellent...
Strategy and Bridgestone Help Jourdain to 2nd Champ Car Victory.
Michel Jourdain Jr. utilized a wise race strategy and lightning-quick pit work from his Team Rahal crew to win today's Molson Indy Montreal. Jourdain also relied on the excellent grip provided by his Bridgestone tires to make a deciding pass early, then depended on the consistency and durability of the Potenzas to push on to the checkered flag.
Jourdain edged Patrick Racing's Oriol Servia across the finish line by 1.277 seconds to collect his second career victory in Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. His initial triumph came at the Milwaukee Mile on May. Quebec native Patrick Carpentier thrilled the partisan crowd by placing third, just ahead of another native, Alex Tagliani, who led the most laps today but was hindered by poor fuel economy.
All three podium finishers praised the Potenza tire performance over the challenging Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
"The tires were incredible!" race winner Jourdain said. "That's why we could be flat out from lap one because we knew the Bridgestone tires would never go off. ... I feel fantastic. The team did a fantastic job today. We got the win with teamwork and saving fuel."
"The Bridgestone tires held up really nice," runner-up Servia said. "The more the race went, the more rubber was on the track and the tires were holding on better and better. It felt like we could go quicker and quicker and quicker - more grip, more traction. It was a great feeling out there."
"The tires were fantastic," added third-place Carpentier. "They were really consistent. I just pushed hard and those Bridgestones, they just stayed there. It makes for fun racing."
Quote from Page Mader, General Manager, Race Tire Development, Bridgestone Motorsport: "The drivers' feelings about the Potenzas speak for themselves. We're very pleased with the way the tires performed again today. This was the fifth time this season that this Potenza specification, our road course tire with the most grip, has been run and the teams and drivers have been generally content with its performance each time out. It gives the teams a familiar tire to work with, which makes their jobs easier getting the cars up to speed quickly. The drivers also know they can rely on this Bridgestone tire to give a steady performance throughout the run. Now it's on to a slick street course in Denver that posed quite a challenge for us a year ago, but those are the trials that make us better. We're looking forward to it."
Race temperatures ranged from 95 to 104 degrees track and from 75 to 78 degrees ambient (F).
Race temperatures ranged from 35 to 40 degrees track and from 24 to 26 degrees ambient (C).