NA-F2000: CHAMPCAR/CART: Brack tops first Milwaukee practice

Chip Ganassi racing's Kenny Brack topped the timesheet for the first practice session for the CART Fed-Ex Series cars at the Milwaukee Mile today. Adrian Fernandez held fast time for much of the session with a time of 22.635 seconds (164.135...

Chip Ganassi racing's Kenny Brack topped the timesheet for the first practice session for the CART Fed-Ex Series cars at the Milwaukee Mile today. Adrian Fernandez held fast time for much of the session with a time of 22.635 seconds (164.135 mph), turned on his 7th lap of the session. Brack, last year's winner of the Milwaukee round, was the first to set a quick time with a time of 22.672 (163.867) on only his third lap of the practice. His fast time of 22.535 seconds (164.864 mph) was especially impressive, coming with just five minutes remaining in the session in the hot sun of a Milwaukee noon. Rookie Mario Dominguez showed his strength with the second-fastest time (22.586), set on his last flying lap of the session as the clock wound down. Fernandez' early quick time stood up for third-fastest.

The rest of the top ten for the first practice was filled by Tora Takagi, Bruno Junqueira, Shinji Nakano, Jimmy Vasser, Dario Franchitti, Max Papis and Chip Ganassi's newest recruit, Scott Dixon.

The CART Toyota Atlantic Championship also ran this morning, with Hylton Motorsports drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and Roger Yasukawa topping the times for the Atlantic series' early session. Hunter-Reay's time of 25.162 seconds (147.615 mph) was exactly 2/10ths of a second slower than the Atlantic's qualifying record, set last year by Lynx Racing's Grant Ryley. Ryley could only manage the 14th fastest time of the session, just behind his teammate, Long Beach winner Michael Valiente. Also in the top five, behind the Hylton duo, was Alex Figge, Sepp Koster and Ryan Dalziel.

The third group racing at Milwaukee this weekend is the US Formula Ford 2000 series. That series' morning session was tightly contested, with the top 13 drivers all running within a second of rookie driver Lawson Aschenbach's fast time of 28.194 seconds (131.77 mph). Tonis Kasemets, Bryan Sellars, Edouard Aube and Jon Groom followed Aschenbach on the chart.

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Series Atlantic , IndyCar , Other open wheel
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Jimmy Vasser , Bruno Junqueira , Max Papis , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tora Takagi , Shinji Nakano , Kenny Brack , Grant Ryley , Mario Dominguez , Lawson Aschenbach , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Roger Yasukawa , Alex Figge , Sepp Koster , Chip Ganassi , Jon Groom , Tonis Kasemets