CHAMPCAR/CART: Kenny Brack claims Texas pole

Team Rahal's Kenny Brack claimed his second pole position of the 2001 CART season and his third consecutive front row start tying a team record. Brack will lead the field to the green flag on Sunday for the Firestone Firehawk 600 (kilometers) at...

Team Rahal's Kenny Brack claimed his second pole position of the 2001 CART season and his third consecutive front row start tying a team record. Brack will lead the field to the green flag on Sunday for the Firestone Firehawk 600 (kilometers) at Texas Motor Speedway (ESPN 4:00 PM EDT).

Brack posted his fast lap as the 18th qualifier and then watched as his time withstood challenges from nine of the series points leaders. Brack's Shell car led a group of four Ford-Cosworth powered cars that took control of the first two rows.

Miller Lite driver Max Papis had posted a fast lap of over 236 mph in the morning session however a faulty pop off left his car short approximately 70 horsepower and left him 17th on the starting grid with a fast lap of 230.204 mph.

Max Papis (#7 Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth/Lola) - "I don't know what happen because I was flat out (on the throttle). I'm very disappointed. That is as slow as I have been here all weekend. The Miller crew told me we had a broken pop off valve. The car felt good, just like this morning when we went 236 (mph). So something was obviously wrong. They say the engine lost a lot of horsepower. We had the car to run 233. The same as Kenny. So it's just hard when you know you can run with the top guys and then something like this happens. We'll have to get ready for the race. It's a long one and I know I can run well on the long run after the testing we did on Friday. I really feel good about my car for Sunday."

Kenny Brack (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola) - "I got all I could out of the car. It felt good. I don't think I really had more knowledge at this track. Here it is just which car has the best setup. It was hotter for us later in the session. We were a little faster overall with these cars than I expected to be honest. We tested here at 221 (mph) and that was back in December. I know they have shaved down the bumps and the track is faster. But I didn't think 12 miles per hour faster. You always think you can go faster but it was a good lap. It was at the maximum for us. But that is just one lap. We really want to get to the checkered flag. The front of the field is good because you don't want to get in a bunch of action in the middle of the pack at the start. I don't know if my experience here will help on Sunday but I know what to expect for the race. I think everyone has to be patient and gracious to each other. This place will bite you if aren't that way in the race. Last year, I was at a disadvantage at each track because everyone had been there before. Maybe I do have a little advantage going into the race Sunday but I think everyone will figure this place out quickly. For the race, we've been close so many times before and missed. I don't want to make any predictions for the race. We want to put everything together for the entire distance with this Shell team."

-Team Rahal

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Max Papis , Kenny Brack