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Tweets of support flow in for Jourdain from IndyCar community

May 20, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

Michel Jourdain Jr. AP

It’s hard not to feel for Michel Jourdain Jr. this Monday. Jourdain was the only driver who failed to qualify for this year’s Indianapolis 500, as he battled an ill-handling car all week for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

Jourdain is one of the nicest, most genuine people in the IndyCar community, and he has been a great friend for many of the veterans from his full-time years spent in CART from 1996 through 2004.

He won twice in the 2003 CART series, driving for Bobby Rahal, and finished third in the championship, ahead of such luminaries as Sebastien Bourdais, Alex Tagliani, Oriol Servia, Jimmy Vasser, and then-rookie and current IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Indy has bitten some of open-wheel racing’s most successful drivers in qualifying. Just since 2008, the year of open-wheel unification, race winners in CART or the IRL who have failed to qualify include Hunter-Reay, Mike Conway and Patrick Carpentier (2011), Paul Tracy and Jaques Lazier (2010), Tagliani and Buddy Lazier (2009) and Mario Dominguez and Max Papis (2008).

It was no surprise, then, that tweets of support flowed in for Jourdain throughout Sunday and into Monday from the veterans who raced against Jourdain in his full-time years and a year ago at Indy, when he made a comeback to the 500 after a 16-year hiatus.

  • Dario Franchitti (@dariofranchitti): Please spare a though for our friend @MichelJourdain who through no fault of his own missed the race toady.. Feel bad for him and his team
  • Sebastien Bourdais (@BourdaisonTrack): @MichelJourdain I feel for you bud. You didn’t deserve that. I hope to see you around soon and back next year.
  • Scott Dixon (@scottdixon9): @dariofranchitti @MichelJourdain feel really bummed for ya mate! Your a top man!
  • Ryan Hunter-Reay (@ryanhunterreay): Feeling for @MichelJourdain, keep your head up buddy. Not much you could’ve done. You’re only as fast as the horse you’re riding.
  • Graham Rahal (@grahamrahal): Good day for us, bad day for our team. Feeling for @MichelJourdain. His car simply wasnt right. I drove it w/ my setup and it was terrible.
  • Jimmy Vasser (@jimmyvasser): Well said RT @dariofranchitti: Please spare a though for our friend @MichelJourdain who through no fault of his own missed the race toady..
  1. manik56 - May 20, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    My girlfriend loves motorsports but could care less about Indy qualifying and was not watching. After catching up on her timeline last night she asked me if Jourdain was injured or killed at Indy because of all these ridiculous tribute tweets. Even Legge felt bad and she benefited from it. What is wrong with IndyCar drivers these days?

  2. johnnyramone75 - May 20, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Great point manik56. How dare they show class and respect for one another? I mean it’s not like what the do is deadly right? They ought to drink awful American beer, light their farts, and count their left over teeth, while wearing a wife beater, and watching reruns of Mama’s Family. Then after all that fun is over, they can go and race in a total POS series that panders to the lowest common denominator of racing fans, and run tracks times at a breathless 180mph. To hell with the 229.8 mph stuff in a car with no top! What we NASCAR fans like is some rubbin in our racing…almost as much as we like a deep and pasionate kiss from our first cousin.

    Mmmhmmm. Ayup, ayup, ayup.

  3. drylake - May 20, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Not a good May for Bobby Rahal. He should apologize to Michel for the public humiliation due to a car that was not anywhere near ready. You can’t fire the owner. Man up Bobby and take responsibility.

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