Jourdain wins at Montreal. MONTREAL, QUEBEC . . . Team Rahal's Michel Jourdain Jr. captured the Molson Indy Montreal, his second win of the 2003 season, with a brilliant run at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Sunday afternoon. Jourdain,...
Jourdain wins at Montreal.
MONTREAL, QUEBEC . . . Team Rahal's Michel Jourdain Jr. captured the Molson Indy Montreal, his second win of the 2003 season, with a brilliant run at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Sunday afternoon. Jourdain, currently third in the Champ Car World Series championship, started fourth in the Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola and struck the perfect balance between fuel mileage and race pace en route to his second career win and Team Rahal's first ever win in Canada.
The race was dominated by Canadian Alex Tagliani of Rocketsports who led 52 laps. Tagliani was hampered by poor fuel mileage and lost ground to Jourdain by having to pit earlier than the Gigante team on all three pit windows. Jourdain took the lead for good on lap 65 and cruised home to Team Rahal's 16th Champ Car win.
"This is a great day for Team Rahal and Gigante," said Jourdain. "The car was perfect today, and the crew gave me some of the best pit stops this season. We knew before the race that fuel mileage would be critical on the first stint. In a way not leading was an advantage on the first segment because I was able to save some fuel drafting off of the other cars. Alex had a great car and I feel for Alex because I know what it is like to dominate a race and not win. Still when he had to pit earlier than us we knew we had an advantage. When he had to do it a second time it became a bigger advantage. All I had to do was stay close to him because I knew he had to stop two laps before me. Once I got the lead I ran as hard as I could and tired not to make a mistake. The crew did a great job on the last stop and then it was simply looking forward and not making any mistakes."
Championship leader Paul Tracy finished sixth after he ran out of fuel on the final lap and championship runner up Bruno Junqueira finished out of the points. Subsequently Jourdain gained valuable points in the championship battle pulling within seven points of Junqueira and within 35 points of Tracy.
The Champ Car World Series will resume with Round 15 of the 2003 season the Centrex Financial Grand Prix of Denver next weekend.