CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: Team Motorola Saturday qualifying report

Team Motorola final qualifying report Gran Premio Telmex/Gigante. Mexico City (November 16, 2002) -- Michael Andretti and Team Motorola will start 10th tomorrow in their CART finale after qualifying with a lap of 1:27.053 (115.213 mph). Andretti...

Team Motorola final qualifying report Gran Premio Telmex/Gigante.

Mexico City (November 16, 2002) -- Michael Andretti and Team Motorola will start 10th tomorrow in their CART finale after qualifying with a lap of 1:27.053 (115.213 mph). Andretti was caught out by red flags twice during the session, negating what looked to be much better times. Team Motorola thought it would get one more chance to improve its time after a red flag flew with 44 seconds remaining in the session. On a previous red, the clock started when the first car crossed over the start/finish line. But after the last red flag the clock started when the green flag was shown, costing Andretti a shot at one more timed lap.

Bruno Junqueira held onto the pole position and earned his second point of the weekend after posting a fast lap of 1:26.126 (116.453 mph). Christian Fittipaldi will start tomorrow's race second after a fast lap of 1:26.027 (116.587 mph). Michael's technical partner Dario Franchitti will start third with a fast lap of 126.147 (116.424 mph). Both Fittipaldi and Franchitti set their fastest lap during Friday's qualifying session. Paul Tracy will start eighth tomorrow, also based on his qualifying time from yesterday (1:26.971, 115.321 mph).

Team Motorola will get back on track tomorrow morning for warm up at 10.30 a.m. local time. The Gran Premio Telmex/Gigante will be broadcast live on Speed Channel starting at 4:00 p.m. eastern.

Michael Andretti -- #39 Honda-Lola-Bridgestone
"The Motorola car is really good. I think we were capable of being in the top three today, but unfortunately all the reds messed us up. We found a good setup right before qualifying and every time we were on a fast lap, the red flag came out. It's really disappointing that the rules changed during the session. We thought we would have one more timed lap based on how CART handled the previous red flag but that wasn't the case. It's a shame because I know the car was good enough that we would have improved our time in that one lap."

Sunday will be Michael's 309th start of his career
Michael leads all active Champ Car drivers with 308 race starts, 42 wins, 32 poles and 6708 laps led. <pre> Morning Practice Final Qualifying Position: 14th Position: 10th Speed: 113.223 mph Speed: 115.213 mph Time: 1:28.583 seconds Time: 1:27.053 seconds </pre> Tony Cotman -- Team Manager
"Team Motorola is really happy with the car right now. We could have got a lot more out of it than we did, but we just got caught out by the red flags a couple of times. Unfortunately that's the way it goes sometimes and we will just have to get'em in the race. We are going to wait and see how the race unfolds before we decide on our strategy. "

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Bruno Junqueira , Christian Fittipaldi , Dario Franchitti