REYNARDS TAKE FRONT TWO ROWS FOR START OF CHICAGO GRAND PRIX Chicago, 21st August 1999 - A first career CART pole position for Max Papis, driving Team Rahal's Ford Reynard, gives Reynard its 12th first placed start this season in the Fedex ...
REYNARDS TAKE FRONT TWO ROWS FOR START OF CHICAGO GRAND PRIX
Chicago, 21st August 1999 - A first career CART pole position for Max Papis, driving Team Rahal's Ford Reynard, gives Reynard its 12th first placed start this season in the Fedex Championship Series. Completing the front two rows are the Reynard Champ Cars of Mark Blundell, alongside Papis in the PacWest Mercedes-Benz Reynard, with Jimmy Vasser, Ganassi Honda Reynard and Dario Franchitti, Team Green Honda Reynard on the second row in third and fourth places respectively.
The pole qualifying time for this inaugural Champ Car race in Cicero, a suburb of Chicago, set by Max Papis was recorded at 162.559 mph, a lap time of 22.788 seconds. Less than a second covered the top 22 qualifiers for tomorrow's race.
Max Papis was delighted with his first career pole and expects a winner's circle visit with his new team. "We showed that we have the potential to be successful, especially on an oval. It has been a learning curve (on the ovals) for me, having come from Europe, and it really made me proud and gave me a lot of encouragement. It says that we are right there and that the people in the front are beatable. We just have to concentrate and make the best of what we have in our hand. We are capable of winning races."
A front row start for the Reynards has pleased Reynard Chief Designer, Barry Ward. "It's good to come to a new circuit and start at the front," says Ward. "The teams have only had a few days to find their setups and our Reynard teams have quickly got on the pace. Of course, we'll be looking for another win tomorrow and I'm sure it will be an interesting race. The circuit is hard on the brakes, so there'll be a lot of wear and tear. I'm looking forward to a great event for the first Champ Car race at this circuit."