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Michael Jourdain Jr., Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing - Q&A

We know, for sure, there's something's wrong with the car. Something's bent, broken, bending, loose; something's wrong from in the car that we haven't seen all week.

We drove the car in Long Beach, and it was really fast, so we think the tub should be OK. We don't know. But there's something wrong. You know, I mean everything during the week, I thought I haven't drove these cars in a year, and the second day I was running in traffic. I mean, it was the first day I was having so much fun, car was so fun to drive and so easy to drive. Just impossible.

Q:
Was there any suspicion that you said the tub, but was there concern that there was damage to the tub?

Michel Jourdain Jr.:
I'm sure the tub was OK. I mean, it was fine, it was good. They checked it the beginning of the season. Go from (inaudible), and it was really fast in Long Beach, I'm sure. And didn't crash or anything out there. The car hasn't been used since then and, so, I don't know.

I mean, of course we have to go back. The only - my only mistake should have been, was not pushing hard enough that there is/was something in the car. Said many times to try to check it, the other valve, and try to get James, the car was (inaudible) and what, you know, we were sometimes making some little progress but of course running off, but you know -

Q:
Did you ever consider going to a different chassis? Was that even an option?

Michel Jourdain Jr.:
No. But the only option would have been - we were ready to be driving the car Wednesday, Thursday, of course it was un - like I said we were making a little progress sometimes, but the car started completely apart, you know. Ended up - I mean Graham went out like that.

After 2, 2:30, he went out and the backup car started completely apart. It was not an option. It was just - because, it's you know, for I mean, I'm sure it would be very hard for everybody, but if I could go two weeks to Detroit and race the next eight weeks, it would be easier.

But this is my only race of the year and, you know, everybody worked so hard and my sponsors and they trusted me with this and a very big project, lot of people coming from Mexico next week for this, so it's hard.

Q:
We hope we see you back here in a happier moment.

Michel Jourdain Jr.:
Thank you very much.

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