Michel Jourdain Jr. is one of the most popular recent racing drivers from Mexico. His French-sounding name is explained by Belgian origin of his father, Michel Jourdain Sr., also a racing driver and motorsport promoter. Jourdain Jr. raced in Mexico in kart, Formula K and Formula 2 and debuted in Indycar racing in 1996 at the age 19. He raced that season part time in the CART championship for Dick Simon Racing, and in the IRL for Team Scandia, also linked to Simon. Simon bet on Latin America drivers, and in his CART team started the season with Brazilian Marco Greco and Mexican Carlos, both were replaced shortly by Chilean Eliseo Salazar and Jourdain. Michel in his #22 Lola, sponsored by Herdez, Mexican No. 1 salsa brand, took part in five races, but scored no points, with 16th at Vancouver as his seasons’ best. He also started in two IRL events, finishing 13 in Indy 500. Jourdain raced in CART until 2004 andscored two wins, both in his best season in 2003, when he finished 3rd in the championship.
|1996||PPG Indy Car World Series|
|Michel Jourdain Jr.||22||Team Scandia|
|Lola T96/00||Ford Cosworth||Herdez|