CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver: Ford Racing Friday report

Michel Jourdain, Jr., The fastest Ford during provisional qualifying for the Molson Indy Vancouver. Notes: VASSER LOSES FASTEST LAP FOR BRINGING OUT RED FLAG - Team Rahal driver Michel Jourdain, Jr., posted the sixth-fastest lap (1 minute, ...

Michel Jourdain, Jr., The fastest Ford during provisional qualifying for the Molson Indy Vancouver.

Notes:
VASSER LOSES FASTEST LAP FOR BRINGING OUT RED FLAG - Team Rahal driver Michel Jourdain, Jr., posted the sixth-fastest lap (1 minute, 2.195 seconds) during provisional qualifying for the Molson Indy Vancouver to lead the Ford-powered teams. Paul Tracy claimed the provisional pole for Sunday's race with his lap of 1 minute, 1.888 seconds, followed Scott Dixon, Kenny Brack, Dario Franchitti and Christian Fittipaldi. Jourdain's teammate, Jimmy Vasser had captured the provisional pole earlier in the session but per CART rules, lost the time after bringing out the red flag with a spin that also broke his rear wing.

Quotes:
MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR. (#9 Gigante Ford) - Provisionally Qualified 6th - "I think we made good progress this afternoon. We had a pretty good lap going there at the end but the red flag came out (for Bruno Junquiera) and that's a shame. We have a good car and it was working well for us today. I'm happy that we qualified better because the last couple of races we've been struggling in qualifying. We're in sixth right now, but tomorrow we should be better."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Provisionally Qualified 8th - "Although CART black-flagged us for speeding on pit lane, the data showed that we were not so we lost laps doing a drive through. At the end we were faster than the pole time in the intermediate section and were confident that we'd be on the front row, but we got our session cut short because of (Bruno) Junquiera's red flag."

DO YOU HAVE CONFIDENCE FOR TOMORROW? "I think we can be fast and if everything goes right the car has the speed to be on the pole."

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford) - Provisionally Qualified 9th - "We should've been a little bit closer to the front today but we just couldn't get a good lap. I never got the fastest lap in that the car was capable of doing. The lap that's on the charts is the one that was before my fastest lap, which I was on before Adrian (Fernandez) got in my way and I had to stop. Then we made a change and it wasn't very good (differential and front wing) but then the red (flag) came out and we were stuck. I think we should've left things the way they were. Ninth is not too bad; it's still in the top 10. If you start among the top 10 in this series it's pretty good because it's very competitive. But today was just a race of circumstances - the guy who got the clear lap got the pole. Unfortunately we never got a clear lap and didn't get a good chance to challenge for the pole."

JIMMY VASSER (#8 Shell Ford) - Provisionally Qualified 14th - "I just blew it. I tried to roll too much speed in off the back straight and the rear got away from me, but I thought the car felt good. We lost the rear wing and for some reason we just couldn't get back out, but it's unfortunate for the guys because they did a good job. I blew it, but hopefully we'll be ready to go tomorrow."

MARIO DOMINGUEZ (#55 Herdez Competition Ford) - Provisionally Qualified 17th - "I'm still getting used to the track and improving the car. I think if we can make the right changes to the car tonight we'll be in good shape for tomorrow. There's a lot of room for improvement and that's good. I always like it when there's room for improvement."

IS THIS TRACK DIFFERENT FROM OTHER STREET COURSES? "It's different because you have long radius corners when turns on most street courses are at 90 degrees. It's interesting, but I like it."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Bruno Junqueira , Christian Fittipaldi , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Kenny Brack , Michel Jourdain