CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Team Rahal Friday report

Jourdain third at Toronto as championship heats up TORONTO, ONTARIO . . . Team Rahal's Gigante driver Michel Jourdain Jr. claimed third in provisional qualifying for Sunday's Molson Indy Toronto with a fast lap of 105.296 mph. Jourdain posted...

Jourdain third at Toronto as championship heats up

TORONTO, ONTARIO . . . Team Rahal's Gigante driver Michel Jourdain Jr. claimed third in provisional qualifying for Sunday's Molson Indy Toronto with a fast lap of 105.296 mph. Jourdain posted his quick time on his final timed lap culminating a day in which the Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola ran a total of just 17 laps.

Weather played havoc with the first day of practice and qualifying for Champ Car World Series stop in Toronto. The two-hour morning practice was a washout for Team Rahal as the team sat by completing only a two-lap leak check on the car and not taking a chance on damaging the car or getting thrown off the set-up by the poor conditions. Without the benefit of an extended practice to fine-tune the car, the pressure was on Jourdain to make the set-up work in qualifying. Once again the young Mexican rose to the occasion.

"The Gigante car was very good today especially considering we didn't get to practice this morning because of the rainy weather. We are third which is ok, but we could have had a faster lap, but I got held up by some slower cars. The track should be even faster tomorrow unless it rains, but the forecast is for sunshine. Hopefully we can improve our starting position. To be honest I am a bit surprised the pole time wasn't faster than what it was. I had a couple of really quick laps going on my first set of tires. I am just amazed that the times are not faster than this."

Jourdain, currently third in the Champ Car World Series championship with 97 points, find his championship rivals Bruno Junqueira (110 pts) and points leader Paul Tracy (117 pts) at the top of the timing sheet. Junqueira of Newman-Haas Racing edged Tracy for the provisional pole position with a fast lap of 106.210 mph.

Qualifying will resume on Saturday afternoon for Round 10 of the 2003 Champ Car World Series. Jourdain will be vying for his second pole position of the season and his fifth front row start of 2003. Qualifying will be seen live on SPEED at 1:30 pm EDT.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Paul Tracy , Michel Jourdain