Vasser loses provisional pole on spin while Jourdain takessSixth. VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA . . . Shell driver Jimmy Vasser and Gigante driver Michel Jourdain Jr. found themselves in the midst of the fight for the provisional pole position at...
Vasser loses provisional pole on spin while Jourdain takessSixth.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA . . . Shell driver Jimmy Vasser and Gigante driver Michel Jourdain Jr. found themselves in the midst of the fight for the provisional pole position at the Molson Indy Vancouver on Friday before on track incidents thwarted their pursuit.
Vasser held the fast lap midway through the session when he spun in Turn 6 clipping the tire wall and sustaining significant damage to the rear wing. The incident brought out the red flag thus penalizing the Shell team their fast lap of the session. Once Vasser returned to the pits the damage to the rear wing was greater than the team thought and despite the crews best efforts the car couldn't be repaired in time.
Michel Jourdain Jr. ran amongst the fastest cars all session and was on a fast lap when a red flag incident by Bruno Junqueira negated his lap and ended the session. The sixth position represents Jourdain's highest qualifying effort of the season.
Canadian favorite Paul Tracy posted the fast lap of the provisional qualifying session with a lap of 103.600 mph. Tracy the winner of the Vancouver race in 2000 is looking for his second win of the 2002 season.
Sunday's race will be broadcast live on Speed Channel (4:30 PM EDT).
Jimmy Vasser (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires) - "I was on a good lap - definitely quicker than the 61.9 we had just run -- and the rear end came out on me. I clipped the tire barrier and got the rear wing. By the time we sat for the eight- minute penalty, it was too late to get back out there. It's too bad we lost the fast lap due to the red flag because the car felt very good. I didn't think the 61.9 was a very good lap. I'm sure we would have been faster today. But it wasn't in the cards for us. I'm confident we can go much quicker on Saturday."
Michel Jourdain Jr. (#9 Gigante Ford-Cosworth/Lola on Bridgestone tires) - "I feel good about the car today. We haven't come off the trailer on Friday very well lately. But today the car felt good right away. The team has been working very hard to come into the races with a good setup. I think we proved today that the hard work was paid off. We were on a fast lap - in the 61s - when the final red flag came out. So I think we have a faster car for Saturday."