CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Team Rahal race report

Vasser claims fifth at Montreal; Jourdain brings Gigante car home in sixth. MONTREAL, QUEBEC . . . Shell driver Jimmy Vasser posted his second straight top-five finish with a fifth place effort at the Molson Indy Montreal. Vasser has registered...

Vasser claims fifth at Montreal; Jourdain brings Gigante car home in sixth.

MONTREAL, QUEBEC . . . Shell driver Jimmy Vasser posted his second straight top-five finish with a fifth place effort at the Molson Indy Montreal. Vasser has registered three straight points paying results since he began the season with five DNF's in the first ten races.

Finishing one spot behind Vasser in sixth was Team Rahal's Gigante driver Michel Jourdain Jr., who posted his 13th straight points paying result and subsequently extended his Team Rahal record points streak. Jourdain remains the only driver in the CART FedEx Championship Series to finish every race this season.

Dario Franchitti won the inaugural Molson Indy Montreal at the legendary Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in front of a race day crowd estimated in excess of 85,000 race fans.

Team Rahal and the rest of the CART FedEx Championship Series will resume next week with the inaugural running of the Shell Grand Prix of Denver.

Jimmy Vasser (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires) - "We had a little bobble on our first stop (when a part malfunctioned) and PT (Paul Tracy) was able to get around me. I had to follow him for about twenty laps and I think he was holding me up a little during that stint. The Shell boys were very quick on the next stop and I was able to get by PT. But he blew me on the straightaway and I couldn't hold him off. It was the same with Tony (Kanaan) when he came out of the pits. I had to make a late braking maneuver at the hairpin to get by him. But on the straightaway he went around me. The Ford Cosworth guys have done a great job with the traction control this week but the Honda might have had a little more top end speed today. I felt I could have been in front of both of those guys and we had a car for the podium. The race just didn't flow for us today. I got held up by guys coming out of the pits on cold tires, and I lost a few seconds here and there. I got a little frustrated too and flew off the track a couple of times trying to catch up. Hopefully we can continue this progress and get the Shell car back on the podium."

Michel Jourdain Jr. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires) - "It was a long day for us. We had a good car today but it was too bad we started so far back in the field. I felt we had a top five car for qualifying but a lot of things happened that kept us from getting that position. Today, we had very good pit stops and a strong car. We have made some very good progress with the car in the last week. It is so hard to pass with these cars being so competitive. Even if another car is two or three tenths slower than you, you can't always get around it. So you have to attempt to make a daring pass at times. The Ford power was good today and we definitely have a chance to improve our position in the points. We still have a number of races left in the series and the competition will be tough. I think we have found some of the things with the chassis that will help us for Denver and the other road circuits."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Michel Jourdain