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    Jourdain confirmed for RLL

    Official: it will be Michel Jourdain Jr. for @RLLracing in Indy 500. No. 30 Honda will be sponsored by Office Depot Mexico. -- Jenna Fryer (@JennaFryer)


    http://www.rahal.com/indynews/JourdainIndy

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    Unfortunate for Luca but a blast from the past in Jourdain. Anything regarding the rest of the season?
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    Interesting note: Jourdain is confirmed for the #30. RLLR entered the #15 (Sato) and #45. A mistype by PR or an outside shot of a 3rd car?
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    Vitor is the obvious choice for an Indy one off. Obviously Jourdain brings cash.

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    Will be good to see Jourdain in an IndyCar.


    Now, here is hoping someone puts Junky in a car and he actually gets to drive this year. Poor guy has qualified the last three years only to be screwed on 2 of those years whn he got replaced for cash, last year by AJ "Show Me the Money" Foyt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vasserfan View Post
    Now, here is hoping someone puts Junky in a car and he actually gets to drive this year. Poor guy has qualified the last two years only to be screwed.
    Not the last 2 years but 2 out of the last 3 years. Tag/FAZZT gave him a car in 2010 and he put it solidly in the race as the fastest 2nd Day qualifier but he crashed himself out early in the race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwaldrep51 View Post
    Not the last 2 years but 2 out of the last 3 years. Tag/FAZZT gave him a car in 2010 and he put it solidly in the race as the fastest 2nd Day qualifier but he crashed himself out early in the race.
    My bad, forgot about 2010. Fixed it.

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    Quite a past blast, same sponsor (Office Depot Mexico) he had in Champ Car.
    Wanker!

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    I'm excited Jourdain is back. He lost several good years when he made the jump to NASCAR and couldn't find the sponsorship to keep going. Give him a practice session or two and he'll be in great shape.

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    Though I'd rather see Fillipi, I can't complain with Jourdain. A good sponsor and he has a lot of open wheel experience. Hopefully Fillipi's season starts in Detriot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullers View Post
    I'm excited Jourdain is back. He lost several good years when he made the jump to NASCAR and couldn't find the sponsorship to keep going. Give him a practice session or two and he'll be in great shape.
    He's a journeymen, can't say he's bad but can't see the excitement either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BADGER View Post
    He's a journeymen, can't say he's bad but can't see the excitement either.
    Mexican's LOVE cheering for their countrymen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by piercey View Post
    Interesting note: Jourdain is confirmed for the #30. RLLR entered the #15 (Sato) and #45. A mistype by PR or an outside shot of a 3rd car?
    I was wondering this as well. I know entries have had number changes in the past. Just odd because thinking 15 + 30 = 45. Hmm.....

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    16 years since he raced at the 500 ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dog-ring View Post



    16 years since he raced at the 500 ?

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    Pretty sure Jourdain was still a teenager then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dog-ring View Post



    16 years since he raced at the 500 ?

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    John Andretti had a 13-year gap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dog-ring View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by dog-ring View Post



    16 years since he raced at the 500 ?

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    oh come off it....Jourdain has actually won races and in CART no less
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    Quote Originally Posted by aaron5572 View Post
    oh come off it....Jourdain has actually won races and in CART no less
    Very true. He's also raced the Baja 1000 and a bit in WRC (Grand-Am, too, I think). He's a journeyman, but he's only 35 years old, with some good open wheel experience. He likely won't win, but I'm sure he'll be fine.
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    Michel, quite frankly, didn't belong in top-level AOWR when he started out, and though he showed speed at times in the late 90's, he was still only a kid and made too many mistakes. (Though his backmarker teams didn't make him look too good, either).

    But, his sponsorship meant he had time to learn, and by the time he joined Rahal in '02, he had developed into a very good driver and a regular contender for race wins. Apparently Rahal wanted him to switch to the IRL with the rest of the team in '04, but Gigante wanted Michel in ChampCar, so he hooked up with RuSport, a move that pretty much wrecked his career momentum. Had Jourdain stayed with RLR, I think there's a good chance it would have been his face on the Borg-Warner Trophy, and not Buddy Rice's. If you'd have asked me in '03-04 who I'd have rated higher of the two, there's no question I'd have said Jourdain.

    It'll be interesting to see how he adapts to open-wheel again after being gone so long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikemat5150 View Post
    Hopefully Fillipi's season starts in Detriot!
    Looks like he's working on it. From Autosport yesterday:

    "We are still working on the Indy 500, but it's not going to be easy," Filippi told AUTOSPORT. "But the goal is to make sure that once I jump in a car it is until the end of the season, so I have a proper programme, a proper chance, and not just a one-off.

    "I want to race in IndyCar as soon as possible, and the Indy 500 is a dream. I want to do it one day, but it doesn't need to be now."

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    Quote Originally Posted by dog-ring View Post



    16 years since he raced at the 500 ?

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    Interesting, because Ongais had pretty much the same gap to race in the same 500, only going the other way
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    Quote Originally Posted by BSJracing View Post
    Interesting, because Ongais had pretty much the same gap to race in the same 500, only going the other way
    Yep, it's apparently ok for Danny Ongais and John Andretti, not ok for Jourdain.

    I will let everyone figure out why that is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aaron5572 View Post
    oh come off it....Jourdain has actually won races and in CART no less
    Are you sure it wasn't Champcar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BADGER View Post
    Are you sure it wasn't Champcar.
    2003, so the last year of CART before bankruptcy.

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    Anyone know what Jourdain has been driving since?........when? 2003 to 2005 or so?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teej View Post
    Anyone know what Jourdain has been driving since?........when? 2003 to 2005 or so?
    2007 WTCC , 2007-2008 A1GP (4 races), WRC a few races in 2010 and 2011.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aowzone View Post
    2007 WTCC , 2007-2008 A1GP (4 races), WRC a few races in 2010 and 2011.
    thanks for sharing

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