BRACK THIRD-FASTEST DURING FRIDAY'S ABBREVIATED PRACTICE - Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack posted the third-fastest time during Friday's abbreviated practice for the Miller Lite 225 with a lap of 22.535 seconds, or 164.864 miles per hour. After...
BRACK THIRD-FASTEST DURING FRIDAY'S ABBREVIATED PRACTICE - Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack posted the third-fastest time during Friday's abbreviated practice for the Miller Lite 225 with a lap of 22.535 seconds, or 164.864 miles per hour. After the morning session was cancelled due to wet and cold conditions, the Champ Cars took to the circuit for a two-hour practice session during which the sun came out and the skies cleared. Helio Castroneves was the quickest driver on the day with a lap of 22.300 seconds (166.601 miles per hour), followed by Cristiano da Matta with his lap of 22.463 seconds (165.392 miles per hour). Tony Kanaan was 4th-fastest (22.547 seconds; 164.776 mph), while Alex Zanardi was 5th (22.647 seconds; 164.048 mph). Zakspeed/Forsythe driver Bryan Herta finished the day 9th-quickest (22.775 seconds; 163.126 mph), while Brack's teammate, Max Papis, ended the day 10th (22.812 seconds; 162.243 mph).
KENNY BRACK (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth) - 3rd-fastest during the afternoon practice - "We were just trying to find our way with the car today. We started off a little shaky and made a lot of changes to get quick in the end, but I think we're all right now. Hopefully if the weather is right tomorrow we'll probably be able to make some more gains. One challenge with this series is that you have so little time to get everything right, and I think maybe here we thought we were a little bit closer to the mark and fast from the beginning. But we really struggled at the beginning to get any speed out of the car, but you learn how to do changes and go forward even if you start far back. That's the nature of this series, and that's what it takes to be competitive everywhere." YOU'RE TEAM HAS BEEN ABLE TO MAKE CHANGES QUICKLY DURING THE WEEKEND, PARTICULARLY DURING QUALIFYING. "You've got to have very skilled people to be able to adjust to the nuances of each different track. Even though we have a lot of simulation programs and stuff like that, it's still counts when you're on the track. We've been able to get competitive at these races this year, but Friday's are always a question mark because you never really know where you at until you start running. But we have very skilled people at Team Rahal to do the setups and changes like that."
BRYAN HERTA (#77 Zakspeed/Forsythe Ford-Cosworth) - 9th-fastest during the afternoon practice - "The sun's coming out now and I wish we could run a little bit more. The car's pretty good and at least we got to run some today, which it didn't look too likely in the morning. We made some changes to the car that were good and it feels really comfortable race-wise, but it's not quite fast enough yet for qualifying. We'll have to look at that a little bit more tomorrow, but I think we're in pretty good shape." IS THE TRACK REALLY GREEN FROM THE RAIN? "It was green, but it wasn't too bad. The track was clean, but it just didn't have any rubber on it. This place just every year gets bumpier and older. The pit lane here is just so bumpy (that) I wish they'd repave it."
MAX PAPIS (#7 Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth) - 10th-fastest in practice - "We did a good job despite the short session. It's definitely not enjoyable driving around with these wings on such a short track, and I think it's the wrong aero package, but we're trying to make the best out of it. The car feels good, and we're working on getting more front grip, which is what we're lacking to go a little bit faster. It's going to be important to start in the front, like the top two or three rows because I don't really see too many overtaking opportunities on this track with these wings right now." HOW MUCH DID THE DECREASED TRACK TIME AFFECT YOU, PARTICULARLY WITH NO IN-SEASON TESTING? "I think it's a very big handicap, but it's the same for everybody. For people like us that are trying to learn the car, it does make our job a bit more difficult."