CHAMPCAR/CART: Herta Detroit Friday notes

Due to the unexpected introduction of a new, three-quarter inch spacer on the bottom of the pop-off valve mandated by CART, Ford-Cosworth Racing asked all Ford-Cosworth powered teams to "stand down" at the start of this morning's practice session.

Due to the unexpected introduction of a new, three-quarter inch spacer on the bottom of the pop-off valve mandated by CART, Ford-Cosworth Racing asked all Ford-Cosworth powered teams to "stand down" at the start of this morning's practice session. The Ford-Cosworth teams made their first appearance on track at approximately 10:48 am, with 25 minutes remaining in the session. Herta presented his primary car, and with just enough time to complete ten laps, he finished the session tenth fastest. The Honda powered teams did not participate in the morning session. The afternoon session started as scheduled with every CART team represented on track. As the temperature soared to 90 degrees, Herta and the Zakspeed/Forsythe Racing Team struggled to find an ideal set-up. Herta suffered three cut tires presumably due to a manhole cover, which was rising from the surface of the temporary street circuit. After several reports of cut tires, CART presented the yellow flag, and the surface was repaired. The Zakspeed/Forsythe Team made several changes to the car, in efforts to improve the car's loose conditions, but were unable to achieve the lap times they were looking for. Herta finished the day in 18th position.

Herta on Practice:

"The car is not very good right now. Losing track time this morning didn't help, but we just didn't roll out as fast as we would have like to. We're going to sit down, and see what changes we can make for tomorrow. Qualifying well here is essential, so we need to get this figured out."

-ZFRT

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Series IndyCar
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