CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Ford Racing Saturday report

Jimmy Vasser qualifies 11th in Australia. Notes: VASSER FASTEST FORD DURING QUALIFYING - Team Rahal driver Jimmy Vasser posted the 11th-fastest time during qualifying in Surfer's Paradise, Australia, lapping the 2.795-mile temporary street ...

Jimmy Vasser qualifies 11th in Australia.

Notes:

VASSER FASTEST FORD DURING QUALIFYING - Team Rahal driver Jimmy Vasser posted the 11th-fastest time during qualifying in Surfer's Paradise, Australia, lapping the 2.795-mile temporary street circuit in 1 minute, 31.369 seconds. Newly crowned CART champion, Cristiano da Matta claimed pole position with his lap of 1 minute, 30.204 seconds, followed by provisional polesitter Bruno Junquiera, Tony Kanaan, Kenny Brack and Paul Tracy.

Driver Notes:

JIMMY VASSER (#8 Shell Ford) -Qualified 11th - Will attempt to capture his seventh consecutive top-10 finish in as many races on the track where he made his CART debut in 1992 ... has three career top-five finishes in Australia, including a win from the pole in 1996.

MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR. (#9 Gigante Ford) - Qualified 12th - Having already established career-highs in championship points (102), top-five (five) and top-10 finishes (13), he's vying to become the first driver to score points in every race of the season since Al Unser, Jr. did it in 1992 ... is the only driver who has both finished and scored championship points in every race thus far this season.

ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Qualified 14th - Ford's top finisher in Australia a year ago with a podium appearance (third), he has scored championship points in 11 of the last 12 races, highlighted by a second-place finish at Road America and a fifth-place finish in Toronto ... has scored a career-best four top-five finishes this season.

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Qualified 15th - Currently Ford's highest driver in the standings with 115 points, good enough for fourth in the championship ... after a mid-season streak that saw him post five straight top-10 finishes, including wins in Cleveland and at Mid-Ohio, he has scored points in just one of his last four races (Rockingham - third).

MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Ford) - Qualified 18th - Struggling in his first appearance at Surfer's Paradise where he will start from 18th on the grid ... needs three points to assume the lead from Townsend Bell in the Rookie of the Year standings.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Bruno Junqueira , Tony Kanaan , Kenny Brack , Townsend Bell , Cristiano da Matta , Al Unser