CHAMPCAR/CART: Carpentier wins Mid-Ohio pole

Patrick Carpentier was fastest again today and won the pole for the CART Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio. Carpentier's lap of 1:06.128 seconds (122.925 mph) was not faster than the Mid-Ohio lap record, but was fastest on this hot and humid Ohio ...

Patrick Carpentier was fastest again today and won the pole for the CART Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio. Carpentier's lap of 1:06.128 seconds (122.925 mph) was not faster than the Mid-Ohio lap record, but was fastest on this hot and humid Ohio afternoon.

For the first time in many races, Cristiano da Matta will not start on the front row, as his teammate at Newman/Haas Racing, Christian Fittipaldi, turned in the second fastest time as the session ran out. Da Matta, who was fastest in this morning's practice session, looked set to take his fourth straight CART pole position (and sixth straight on road and street circuits,) but could not take the pole back on his last pass. He will start third.

All 18 drivers in the field improved on their times from Friday's qualifying session, with the top 11 cars going faster than Carpentier's provisional pole winning lap yesterday. Carpentier, da Matta, Kenny Brack and Tony Kanaan were the fastest drivers for most of today's session, but Carpentier, like yesterday, turned fast time just as the session ended.

Once again, when the green flag was waved to start the session, the entire CART field sat in the pits, playing the "dare me" game of deciding which driver will be the first to take their car out. Today, Fernandez Racing's Shinji Nakano blinked first and ventured out with 35 minutes remaining in the period. Unlike yesterday's qualifying session and today' earlier practice session, there were no on-track incidents

After Carpentier, Fittipaldi and da Matta, the rest of the top ten starters for tomorrow's 92-lap race will be: Brack, Kanaan, Bruno Junqueira, Alex Tagliani, Michael Andretti Paul Tracy and Tora Takagi.

The field will get the green flag for the CART Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio tomorrow at 12:30 pm. The race will be televised live on CBS.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Tony Kanaan , Tora Takagi , Shinji Nakano , Cristiano da Matta
Teams ART Grand Prix