CHAMPCAR/CART: Ford Racing Gold Coast Friday practice notes

Patrick Carpentier Seventh-Fastest During Friday's Practice At Surfer's Paradise RAIN PLAGUES FRIDAY PRACTICE SESSIONS IN AUSTRALIA - Rain showers fell during Friday's morning practice and continued during the second practice for Sunday's Honda...

Patrick Carpentier Seventh-Fastest During Friday's Practice At Surfer's Paradise

RAIN PLAGUES FRIDAY PRACTICE SESSIONS IN AUSTRALIA - Rain showers fell during Friday's morning practice and continued during the second practice for Sunday's Honda Indy 300. Only three drivers, Casey Mears, Tony Kanaan and Christian Fittipaldi, scored official laps during the afternoon session following a delay for the CART Safety Team to clean standing water from the track's surface. Jimmy Vasser (1 minute, 36.911 seconds) posted the fastest lap of the day in the morning, followed by Helio Castroneves and Adrian Fernandez, while Carpentier was the fastest Ford-powered driver with his lap of 1 minute, 39.143 seconds. Team Rahal's Kenny Brack, who trails Castroneves by 26 points in the chase for the drivers' championship, did not put in an official lap during either of Friday's practice sessions.

COSWORTH XF SUCCESS - The Cosworth XF engine has won 14 races since its introduction at the beginning of the 2000 season, including seven victories in 2001. In addition, the Cosworth XF engine has scored the most CART victories in consecutive years by a Cosworth powerplant since the DFX captured 32 wins between 1985 (15) and 1986 (17).

FORD-COSWORTH SUCCESS IN AUSTRALIA - Ford-powered drivers have scored three pole positions and five race victories in the 10 CART events that have been contested in Australia since 1991. Nigel Mansell scored back-to-back poles in 1993 and 1994 while Michael Andretti led the field to the green in 1995. Ford-Cosworth has actually won five of the last eight CART races in Australia, including Mansell's victory in '93, Andretti in '94, Paul Tracy in '95, Scott Pruett in '97 and Adrian Fernandez last season. Mansell's victory in 1993 was special, not only because it was his first victory in his first Champ Car race, but also because it helped propel him to the drivers' championship in only his rookie season.

-Ford Racing-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Casey Mears , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Adrian Fernandez , Patrick Carpentier , Christian Fittipaldi , Paul Tracy , Tony Kanaan , Kenny Brack , Nigel Mansell , Scott Pruett