CHAMPCAR/CART: Houston Ford Racing Saturday notes

BRACK TO START THIRD; TAGLIANI FIFTH IN TOMORROW'S HOUSTON GRAND PRIX Notes: * Kenny Brack's third place qualifying effort marks the 11th time the Shell Ford-Cosworth driver had qualified in the top-ten. Quotes: KENNY BRACK ( ...

BRACK TO START THIRD; TAGLIANI FIFTH IN TOMORROW'S HOUSTON GRAND PRIX

Notes:

* Kenny Brack's third place qualifying effort marks the 11th time the Shell Ford-Cosworth driver had qualified in the top-ten.

Quotes:

KENNY BRACK (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth) Qualified 3rd - "When we got here this morning we had to make some changes from yesterday which we kept for this afternoon's session. There was not really that much changed with the car, but then we made some minor changes which seemed to help out with qualifying. I want to thank the Shell and Rahal guys for giving me such a good car. They have worked really hard."

WITH DE FERRAN'S POLE, HE INCHED A POINT CLOSER TO YOU IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT. IS THAT SOMETHING YOU ARE WATCHING? "We are not worrying about the other guys. I mean, Team Rahal, Shell, and Ford are focused on doing what we can to win races, and that's all we can do right now. We can't worry about the other guys."

MAX PAPIS (#7 Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth) Qualified 19th - "This was the worst qualifying session we have had all year. It puts us in a tough spot for tomorrow. But, I really think we have a good racecar. The Miller car seems to be really quick and work well on full tanks."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's Forsythe Ford-Cosworth) Qualified 5th - "YOU GUYS HAVE REALLY COME ON OVER THE SECOND HALF OF THE SEASON AND AGAIN HERE YOU HAD ANOTHER SOLID QUALIFYING RUN . . . "I'm pretty happy with things today. Team Player's did a great job with the car this weekend. We struggled here a bit with the setup since the beginning of the week. We came here with the Vancouver setup thinking that the car was going to be fast right away, but it seems that the pavement here requires different adjustments. That's what we have been working on and it seemed to be the right way to go. I'm very happy with a top-five starting spot."

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's Forsythe Ford-Cosworth) - YOU HIT THE WALL PRETTY HARD DURING QUALIFYING. DID YOU HAVE ANY INDICATION THAT THE BACK OF THE CAR WAS GOING TO COME AROUND ON YOU? THERE WERE SOME REPORTS THAT MORENO'S CAR WAS LEAKING FLUID, MIGHT THAT HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE SPIN? "I don't know about Moreno's car. I locked the rear brakes going into the corner and the car snapped around on me."

HOW COMFORTABLE ARE YOU WITH THE SETUP FOR TOMORROW? "The car's been pretty bad all weekend and we didn't really have the time I needed to work on the car's setup. But we'll find out tomorrow pretty quick how good we are going to be."

MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR. (#16 Herdez Bettenhausen Ford-Cosworth) - "With the rain yesterday, we couldn't try a lot of the things we wanted to. But it was the same for everybody. It was a bit frustrating because we could try some things we really needed to try."

WHERE ARE YOU AT GOING INTO TOMORROW? "I think we have a decent car, but unfortunately I spun during the session and had to serve an eight minute penalty. That hurt. But I think the car is better than the time we showed today."

BRYAN HERTA (#77 Indeck Ford-Cosworth) - "The track is a lot different than yesterday. After the rain we had last night and with the cooler temperatures, it changed a lot. We had a good car for qualifying, but the problem was that I went off and caused a red flag. So, I had to sit out for eight minutes. At the end, I didn't have enough time to get a lap in. I really think we had a top-six or eight car, but we couldn't show it."

- Ford Racing

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