CHAMPCAR/CART: Detroit qualifying track notes

GREEN FLAG waves at 1:45 p.m. to start the Group One qualifying session. Firestone engineers report a track temperature of 111 degrees F. and an ambient temperature of 83 degrees F. at the start of the session. At 1:48 p.m., ...

GREEN FLAG waves at 1:45 p.m. to start the Group One qualifying session. Firestone engineers report a track temperature of 111 degrees F. and an ambient temperature of 83 degrees F. at the start of the session.

At 1:48 p.m., #10 FONTANA pulls off course at Turn 8 and stalls the car.

Also at 1:48 p.m., #16 JOURDAIN JR. slides off course at Turn 9

At 1:50 p.m. #26 TRACY breaks traction under heavy braking at Turn 6 and spins backwards into the tire barrier at the outside of the track, making light contact. The driver is uninjured in the incident and CART safety crews pull the car from the barrier and get the car restarted.

RED FLAG waves at 1:50 p.m. after #55X KANAAN makes hard contact with the outside wall at Turn 7. KANAAN's car slides to a stop against the wall approximately 150 feet into the chicane. CART safety crews are immediately on the scene, removing KANAAN from the car and transporting the driver to the CART Mobile Medical Unit. KANAAN has just taken the top of the Group One speedboard with a lap of 112.889 mph (1:14.813) on his second circuit around the track.

Both KANAAN and TRACY will receive the standard eight-minute penalty for delaying the qualifying session.

GREEN FLAG waves at 2:10 p.m. to resume the Group One session.

At 2:15 p.m., 10 minutes into the session, the fastest Group One driver is #32X CARPENTIER with a lap of 112.927 mph (1:14.788), followed by #55X KANAAN (112.889 mph; 1:14.813) and #33 TAGLIANI (112.846 mph; 1:14.842).

At 2:16 p.m., #34 MARQUES has a tire losing pressure and pits with a flat left rear tire.

MEDICAL REPORT: Mo Nunn Racing driver Tony Kanaan was airlifted to Detroit Receiving Hospital for injuries sustained during a single-car incident in the first session of qualifying. According to Dr. Steve Olvey, CART Director of Medical Affairs, Kanaan sustained a broken left forearm, punctured left lung with rib fractures and a mild concussion. Olvey said that Kanaan was initially unconscious at the scene of the incident but was awake and alert when he arrived at the CART Medical Facility. Olvey said that all of Kanaan's vital signs were stable. A medical update will be given when available from Detroit Receiving Hospital.

At 2:19 p.m., #26 TRACY is cleared to re-enter the Group One session.

At 2:23 p.m., #26 TRACY slides off course again at Turn 6 and stalls the car. CART safety workers push the car behind the barrier and start efforts to restart the car.

At 2:24 p.m., #40 FERNANDEZ brushes the wall at Turn 12 but continues on course without apparent damage to the car. Also at the same time, #34 MARQUES stalls on course.

At 2:25 p.m., 20 minutes into the Group One session, the fastest Group One driver is now #32X CARPENTIER with a lap of 113.200 mph (1:14.608), followed by #55X KANAAN (112.889 mph; 1:14.813) and #33 TAGLIANI (112.846 mph; 1:14.842).

CHECKERED FLAG waves at 2:26 p.m. to end the Group One qualifying session with #32X CARPENTIER logging a faster lap of 113.634 mph (1:14.323), followed by #55X KANAAN (112.889 mph; 1:14.813) and #40 FERNANDEZ (112.862 mph; 1:14.831). Both CARPENTIER and FERNANDEZ logged their best times on their last laps.

GREEN FLAG waves at 2:34 p.m. for the Group Two drivers. Both #8 BRACK and #6 ANDRETTI have eight-minute carryover penalties due to delaying Friday's provisional qualifying session. The penalties will start for the last eight minutes of today's final round of qualifying.

At 2:38 p.m. and on his second lap of the Group Two session, #1 MONTOYA breaks the track record with a speed of 115.195 mph (1:13.316). The old record was set by Greg Moore in 1998 with a clocking of 114.859 mph (1:13.530).

At 2:39 p.m., #3 CASTRONEVES surpasses MONTOYA's speed with a lap of 115.272 mph (1:13.267) on his third lap of the session.

At 2:42 p.m., #7 PAPIS brushes the wall on course at speed but continues on course without apparent damage to the car.

At 2:44 p.m., 10 minutes into the session, the fastest Group Two driver is still #3 CASTRONEVES with his earlier lap of 115.272 mph (1:13.267), followed by #1 MONTOYA (115.195 mph; 1:13.316) and #7 PAPIS (114.861 mph; 1:13.529).

At 2:49 p.m., #2 DE FERRAN brushes the wall at Turn 12 but continues on course without apparent damage to the car.

RED FLAG waves at 2:51 p.m., #8 BRACK makes contact with the wall at Turn 12 and breaks the left front wheel. BRACK slides on the broken wheel back to the Pit Area and parks the car.

At 2:52 p.m., the #8 BRACK and #6 ANDRETTI penalties start, which is basically an academic exercise for #8 BRACK. ANDRETTI subsequently pits his car to comply with the penalty.

At 2:54 p.m., 20 minutes into the Group Two session, the top three drivers and speeds are unchanged from the 2:44 p.m. report.

At 2:58 p.m. #27 FRANCHITTI goes to the top of the speedboard with a lap of 115.604 mph (1:13.056) on his 11th lap.

At 2:59 p.m., #1 MONTOYA exactly ties the speed of #27 FRANCHITTI, clocking a speed of 115.604 mph (1:13.056) on his 11th lap. MONTOYA takes the top spot because his 2nd-fastest lap was faster than FRANCHITTI's. MONTOYA's second-fastest lap was 115.195 (1:13.316) and FRANCHITTI's was 115.139 mph (1:13.352).

CHECKERED FLAG waves at 3 p.m. to end the qualifying for Sunday's Tenneco Automotive Grand prix of Detroit with JUAN MONTOYA winning the pole with his track-record earlier lap of 115.195 mph (1:13.316) in his Target Chip Ganassi Racing Toyota/Lola. MONTOYA won the pole five seconds before the end of the session. MONTOYA logs his series-leading fourth pole and his 11th pole of his career, taking sole possession of 4th place on the all-time CART Pole Award list.

DARIO FRANCHITTI will start 2nd in Sunday's race by virtue of his 115.604- mph lap (1:13.056) in his Team KOOL Green Honda/Reynard. This equals the Scotsman's best start of the season as he also started 2nd at Milwaukee last week. FRANCHITTI has started 4th or better in 12 of his last 13 starts on street circuits, dating back to an outside pole at Cleveland in 1998.

HELIO CASTRONEVES will take 3rd on tomorrow's grid with his lap of 115.353 mph (1:13.215) in his Marlboro Team Penske Honda/Reynard. This start equals the Brazilian's best start of the 2000 season as he also started 4th at Nazareth. This is also CASTRONEVES' best start on a temporary street course as his previous best street course start was a 9th at Long Beach this year and in Vancouver in 1998.

Toyota has now put an engine on the front row in the last eight consecutive races, dating back to Fontana in 1999, including five poles.

This represents the first tie for a Pole Position since Penske teammates PAUL TRACY and Emerson Fittipaldi tied at Road America on Saturday, August 22, 1992. TRACY won the Pole, the first of his CART career.

Quotes from today's top three qualifiers follow:

Juan Montoya: "Yesterday was a big shame because we couldn't use our second set of tires. This morning when we put on the second set, right out of the box we were really fast. When Kenny hit the wall I was a little surprised that they threw the red flag because he made it to the pits. When I got around the track I saw nothing and I said, 'Well thank you very much.' When I came in we didn't do any changes. I knew the car had potential, but it was actually sliding around a bit. I slowed it down and got control and then just gave it everything I had."

Dario Franchitti: "I didn't get any points, unfortunately. Like they say, you can't get any closer. This morning the car just didn't have what was required to run up front. I talked to my engineers, Steve Challis and Tino Belli, and told them what I need to fix it and they did it."

(On Juan): Obviously, we run different cars with different engines. You make a lot of decisions, when to turn, when to brake, there are an infinite number of things that determine where you wind up. To tie absolutely like that is luck more than anything."

Helio Castroneves: "We ran very good this morning and we were working really hard to find every single space on the track to go fast. I'm very happy to be starting where I am. Everyone says that starting position is very important here. We'll just keep cool and tomorrow look to finish in the points."

MEDICAL UPDATE: Mo Nunn driver Tony Kanaan's condition has been upgraded from the initial diagnosis immediately following his single-car incident in qualifying. Kanaan does not have a punctured lung following further examination at Detroit Receiving Hospital, according to Dr. Steve Olvey, CART Director of Medical Affairs. Olvey said that Kanaan sustained a compound fracture of the left forearm, two rib fractures on the left side and a minor concussion. According to Olvey, Kanaan will have an operation on his forearm at Detroit Receiving and would more than likely be released late Sunday or early Monday. Kanaan will return to his home in Miami, and Olvey indicated that this type of injury usually requires six to eight weeks of recovery. Mo Nunn Racing made a decision to withdraw the entry from Sunday's Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit due to the injury to Kanaan.

This concludes the Pit Notes for Saturday from Detroit. We'll see you tomorrow morning for the running of Round Seven of the FedEx Championship Series season, the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit! Have a safe evening!

-CART-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Emerson Fittipaldi , Chip Ganassi , Greg Moore , Mo Nunn
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing