CHAMPCAR/CART: Texas Herdez Bettenhausen Friday quotes

Michel Jourdain Jr. Car ...

Michel Jourdain Jr.
Car #16 Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Firestone
Time: 23.350 seconds Speed: 228.488 mph Position: 18th

"We had a few little problems today that cost us quite a bit of track time - but shouldn't cost us a lot in the overall picture. This morning we had a problem with fuel pressure in the primary car. We thought we got it fixed in between the two sessions but then realized that it wasn't completely solved so we went back to the other car. We still need some time to get the car freed up but the car generally is okay."

(on his first time on the high-banks of Texas Motor Speedway)
"The banking definitely makes this track different from others that I have been on. It gives you a lot of grip but, like any new track, you get used to it. I like the track a lot and the facilities here are great. We are running flat out the whole way around the track. At one point, we did a longer run of 15 laps and I don't think I lifted once in the whole time!"

Tom Brown - Chief Engineer

"Although we had some technical difficulties this morning, we really don't feel that it was particularly damaging to our efforts here. We didn't have enough tires to run the whole time anyway so we chose to focus on this afternoon's session when conditions would more closely resemble those we are expecting on race day.

Since our aero package is not yet optimized, we focused on long runs during the second session, which included a full tank run toward the end. The last two long runs were quite successful in that Michel posted his fastest lap of the day on his last lap."

-Herdez Bettenhausen

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michel Jourdain , Tom Brown