CHAMPCAR/CART: Ford Racing Chicago qualifying

BRACK TO START EIGHTH WHILE CARPENTIER WILL START NINTH - Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack qualified eighth for tomorrow's Target Grand Prix by lapping the 1.029-mile Chicago Motor Speedway in 23.340 seconds (158.715 mph). Player's/Indeck driver ...

BRACK TO START EIGHTH WHILE CARPENTIER WILL START NINTH - Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack qualified eighth for tomorrow's Target Grand Prix by lapping the 1.029-mile Chicago Motor Speedway in 23.340 seconds (158.715 mph). Player's/Indeck driver Patrick Carpentier, who won last week's race at Michigan International Speedway, will start alongside Brack in ninth after his qualifying effort of 23.371 seconds (158.504 mph). Tony Kanaan will lead the field to the green (23.145 seconds; 160.052 mph), followed by Helio Castroneves (23.148 seconds; 160.031 mph) and Adrian Fernandez (23.203 seconds; 159,652 mph).

NOTEWORTHY - The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and CART announced today their new campaign, Safety - the Ultimate Rush, a new effort to drive home the lifesaving traffic and vehicle safety information to race fans. The campaign includes new traffic and vehicle safety public service announcements (PSAs) produced by CART Entertainment, featuring driver Bryan Herta of Forsythe Championship Racing Team powered by Ford-Cosworth. The two PSAs will air live on the ABC Sports and ESPN telecasts throughout the 2001 season, reaching millions of viewers every weekend ... Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack has finished second (Nazareth) and first (Milwaukee) in the two races held on one-mile ovals this season.

KENNY BRACK (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 8th
HOW WAS YOUR QUALIFYING RUN?

"It wasn't what we were looking for and it probably could've been a little better, but that's all we had."

DID THE BRIEF SPRINKLES AFFECT THINGS?

"It's difficult to say what it was, but yeah, the car was a little bit different from this morning. But I don't know if it was from the rain."

WAS THE CAR RUNNING SMOOTHLY FOR YOU?

"I think it ran smoothly, but it wasn't as fast as it was this morning. Now we have to go back and see what we can do to improve for the race."

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR TOMORROW IN THE RACE?

"I don't know what to expect. I think it's going to be a very difficult to pass here on this track, but we'll see."

ARE YOU HAPPY WITH YOUR QUALIFYING RUN?

"Well that was all we had, so I've got to be happy with it. But I'll tell you that it wasn't what we were looking for."

PATRICK CARPENTER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 9th -
"I went into the corner a little bit faster than I usually do and the car wanted to step out on me. It pushed a lot and all four wheels started sliding and I went off line and I knew I was done. As soon as you lift [off the throttle] a little bit you go to the back, so I didn't need to complete the lap."

TALK ABOUT HOW THIS WEEK HAS BEEN FOR YOU.

"It's been great, and if I could do it every week I would. But it's been busy. I've done a lot of interviews and I had a big dinner at home with my friends and family and the Player's people were really happy. I was really happy too, but I would do all the interviews every week if I could."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 14th -
"I'm pretty happy. We struggled a little bit this morning, but the team did a good job and we managed to come back. We made up a couple of tenths [of a second] and we're heading in the right direction, so we should have a chance tomorrow."

HOW WAS YOUR RUN?

"This morning we were very, very bad with the set up, so for qualifying we changed a lot of things on the car. I had to play with the weight jacker on the first lap because the car was a little bit loose. I might have cranked it too much and given the right front too much weight because the car was pushing on the last lap, but the car was still pretty balanced. We could've maybe gone a few tenths quicker, but considering that we changed the set up a lot from this morning I thought it was pretty good."

BRYAN HERTA (#77 Forsythe/Indeck Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 15th -
"The car felt pretty good. We had a few raindrops and I was wondering if it would start to rain or not. I don't think we had a really good car for qualifying but hopefully it'll be good for the race."

HAS YOUR CAR BEEN GOOD IN THE PRACTICE SESSIONS?

"Yeah, it has. But everybody is so close that I think it's going to be important to get track position and have good pit stops during the race."

ORIOL SERVIA (#22 Sigma Autosport Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 21st -
"The car was pretty good, and actually it was the fastest lap we've done during the weekend so far. The car felt much better and everything is improving so we should be good for the race." HOW'S YOUR CAR FEEL IN TRAFFIC? "Honestly, I haven't run too much in traffic because I tried to focus on my car. Usually when you're ready with the car you go and see how it is in traffic, but we didn't get to that stage yet."

MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR. (#16 Herdez Bettenhausen Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 23rd -

"I had a big, big understeer, especially in the middle of Turns 3 and 4 during my first lap. So then I started my second lap too slow and everything went wrong from there."

-Ford Racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Adrian Fernandez , Patrick Carpentier , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Kenny Brack