CHAMPCAR/CART: Ford racing Chicago qualifying

Kenny Brack, the fastest Ford in qualifying, will start fourth for tomorrow's Target Grand Prix at the Chicago Motor Speedway. Brack, who has been quick all weekend, lapped the one-mile oval in 22.235 seconds, averaging 166.602 miles per hour.

Kenny Brack, the fastest Ford in qualifying, will start fourth for tomorrow's Target Grand Prix at the Chicago Motor Speedway. Brack, who has been quick all weekend, lapped the one-mile oval in 22.235 seconds, averaging 166.602 miles per hour. Teammate Max Papis turned in a solid qualifying effort as well, and will start the race from sixth position. Several cars broke the previous track record held by Papis, led by polesitter and defending race champion, Juan Montoya (22.107 seconds; 167.567 mph). Helio Castroneves will start second (22.133 seconds; 167.370 mph), while Tony Kanaan qualified third (22.137 seconds; 167.340 mph). Alex Tagliani, who will start eighth (22.409 seconds; 165.309 mph), was the only other car powered by Ford-Cosworth to qualify in the top 10.

KENNY BRACK (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 4th -

YOU SHIFT TWICE ON A LAP HERE. IS THAT DIFFICULT TO GET USED TO SINCE THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME RACING HERE?

"Shifting at a tight place like this is never easy because you're busy braking hard, then you have to shift. It's very difficult but you have to do it because of the tight turns."

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SUPERSPEEDWAY LAST WEEKEND (MICHIGAN) AND THE TRACK HERE?

"It's a big difference. This is completely different from what Michigan is. I like this, but I also like Michigan a lot."

ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH YOUR QUALIFYING EFFORT?

"Well, that's as fast as we can go, so I thought that was a pretty good lap."

THIS TRACK HAS SOME TIGHT TURNS. TAKE US THROUGH A LAP.

"You have to downshift a couple of times, brake hard into the corner and then accelerate really hard, so you ask a lot from the car. But it's fun."

WHAT ARE YOUR CHANCES FOR VICTORY TOMORROW?

"I think we have as good a chance as anyone else out there, but obviously we have to wait and see what the car does for us in the race. But I think we have a pretty good package."

MAX PAPIS (#7 Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 6th -

HOW WAS YOUR (QUALIFYING) RUN?

"I was very happy with my qualifying effort. I felt that the car was very good. We left a little bit on the table during the second lap when I could've done a little better, but I feel that the car is strong for the race. We left a lot people behind, maybe not as many as we would've liked, but it was pretty good."

YOU DON'T LIKE PEOPLE TALKING ON THE RADIO WHEN YOU'RE QUALIFYING, DO YOU.

"No. When you're out there in the two laps of qualifying, concentration is at 100 percent. The last thing you want to here is people talking on the radio."

WHAT ARE YOUR CHANCES FOR TOMORROW.

"I was a bit disappointed with the lack of consistency that we've had up to now. We've had many DNF's that we didn't want, but I think that things are going to turn around because we're a strong team and we really believe in each other."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 8th -

TELL ME ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING RUN.

"It was not bad. The car was not like this morning where we had a bit of oversteer. On our first lap and had to play with the bars on the second lap. I did turn one and two with the bar full stiff and turns three and four with it a little bit softer in the front. It was a pretty good lap, but I think we have another tenth (of a second) left in the car."

LAST YEAR YOU RACED HERE IN AN ATLANTIC CAR. WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RACING HERE IN THAT CAR AND A CHAMP CAR?

"In Atlantic, it's pretty much the same momentum, almost flat out. In a Champ car it's pretty heavy braking and downshifting because we approach the corner at 190 miles per hour, so it's a totally different approach. The car needs to be good under braking compared to an Atlantic, where it was almost flat out all the way around."

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT TOMORROW'S RACE?

"I think we have a pretty good racecar. Pat (Carpentier) did some testing yesterday with the full tanks and liked his car, so I think we're in pretty good shape for the race. Hopefully we'll stay out of trouble and be there at the end."

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 12th -

HOW'S THE CAR FEELING?

"Too much push. We've got a lot of push in the car and we couldn't make the time. I was trying to go down below the line to get the front end to turn a little bit. It wasn't enough, but we'll fix it for the race."

GIVE ME YOUR THOUGHTS LOOKING TOWARDS THE RACE TOMORROW.

"We need to be very aggressive. We need to be as aggressive as we can with what we've got. We seemed to have a good car on Friday with full tanks, so we'll see what happens tomorrow."

ROBERTO MORENO (#20 Visteon Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 13th - "Unfortunately we had a bit of an understeer halfway through turn two. I had to brake so hard and back off, so we didn't get quite right. The back of the car is really good. We don't have the kind of understeer that you would start the race with, so we'll have a good racecar again.

THE LUCK HAS NOT GONE YOUR WAY LATELY. DO YOU HAVE A CAR THAT CAN BRING YOU TO THE FRONT?

"Yes. The guys did a good job on the gearbox, and I think we've prevented that problem from happening again. I'll be very careful with the gearbox, and we've found ourselves a good set up again."

MICHAEL ANDRETTI (#6 Big Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 15th - IS THERE A PARTICULAR REASON WHY YOU SEEM TO HAVE A HARD TIME GETTING AHOLD OF THIS PLACE?

"No, I wish I knew. I guess the only good news is that it's the fastest I've ever gone around this place, but the bad news is that I'll probably end up 16th or 17th (on the grid). I don't know what the problem was, but hopefully we can get it good in the race."

HOW TOUGH WILL IT BE TO PASS HERE?

"It's not going to be even as good as last year. Last year you could pass, this year it's going to be really difficult because of the wing, so it's going to come down to strategies in the pits and things like that to get us track position."

ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#40 Tecate/Quaker State Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 19th -

ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THE (QUALIFYING) RUN? "Not really. For some reason this morning we did some changes from yesterday, and I wasn't very happy with the set up of the car, especially the handling. We have to make some drastic changes for qualifying and still I wasn't very happy with the car. It was sort of like push, loose, and we just haven't got the right balance."

IS THERE ANY OPPORTUNITY TO GET AROUND THE CARS ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE TRACK?

"No way. I mean unless the other guy is really struggling, I don't see it. As you can see on the track, the white stuff beyond the (race) line is very slippery and is very difficult to make a pass there."

GUALTER SALLES (#19 Sports Today Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 21st -

YOUR QUALIFYING LAP WAS MUCH QUICKER THAN YOUR PRACTICE LAPS. WHERE DID YOU FIND THE SPEED TODAY?

"Well we worked on the car. Unfortunately yesterday we lost an hour and a half of the (afternoon) session, and being my first time on this track I was learning my way around it. So this morning we picked it (our speed) up a lot and I had some understeer, so we just made some changes with the springs to make the car better, and it worked. I wish I knew the car was going to be that good so I could've gone a little bit faster."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Max Papis , Tony Kanaan , Kenny Brack