Defending CART FedEx Series Champion Gil de Ferran led the way for Honda-powered teams today in qualifying for Sunday's Molson Indy Vancouver. But the Marlboro Team Penske driver had to cede the front row to Player's Forsythe Racing teammates Alex...
Defending CART FedEx Series Champion Gil de Ferran led the way for Honda-powered teams today in qualifying for Sunday's Molson Indy Vancouver. But the Marlboro Team Penske driver had to cede the front row to Player's Forsythe Racing teammates Alex Tagliani and Patrick Carpentier, as the Canadian pair scored a very popular 1-2 qualifying effort in front of a large and enthusiastic home country audience.
In addition to de Ferran, teammate Helio Castroneves and Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy also posted solid top-ten qualifying runs as no less than 15 drivers in the 26-car field recorded times within one second of Tagliani's pole run around this nearly two-mile long street circuit near downtown Vancouver. Other Honda-powered drivers just a tick of the watch back included 10th and 11th place Adrian Fernandez and Michael Andretti, and Tony Kanaan in 13th.
Alex Zanardi had his qualifying run when he lightly tapped a wall with his left-front tire, while a `carryover' penalty for Dario Franchitti (for causing a red flag during qualifying at Road America two weeks ago) ended his day early as well.
Gil de Ferran (#1 Marlboro Team Penske Honda) Qualified 3rd: "We had a reasonably good qualifying session today. I wasn't extremely happy with the car this morning so we made changes for this afternoon. I was a little bit frustrated during qualifying because the car had oversteer, and I kept making mistakes in the last three turns. The car was probably quicker than our time, I just couldn't get it all together but that's what qualifying is all about. We need to improve the oversteer, otherwise we are in pretty good shape for the race tomorrow."