CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee Mercedes-Benz Practice

Race: Miller Lite 200, The Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wis. Date/Session: May 29, 1998 Friday Morning Practice Rookie Helio Castro-Neves Quick at the Milwaukee Mile Session Ends 30 Minutes Early Due to Accident ...

Race: Miller Lite 200, The Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wis. Date/Session: May 29, 1998 Friday Morning Practice

Rookie Helio Castro-Neves Quick at the Milwaukee Mile Session Ends 30 Minutes Early Due to Accident

Team Alumax driver Helio Castro-Neves was sixth-quickest in the field this morning after the first practice session for the Miller Lite 200 at the Milwaukee Mile. Castro-Neves’ Mercedes-powered Reynard turned a lap of 20.987 seconds (177.024 mph) to earn the position. The session ended prematurely when Christian Fittipaldi impacted the wall and cleanup and repairs could not be completed before the end of the session.

Following Castro-Neves was the Marlboro Team Penske entry of Al Unser Jr., who turned a lap of 21.106 seconds (176.026 mph), the seventh-quickest time of the session. Unser was followed closely by his teammate, Andre Ribeiro, who was ninth-quickest with a lap of 21.159 seconds (175.585 mph). The Hollywood/PacWest entry of Mauricio Gugelmin rounded out the Mercedes-powered cars in the top 10, as his Reynard turned a quick lap of 21.196 seconds (175.262 mph) for the tenth spot.

Mercedes-Benz Quotes:

Helio Castro-Neves, No. 16, Team Alumax Reynard/Mercedes/Goodyear - Sixth - 20.987 Seconds "The car was good right from the start. I didn’t want to try to do too much. The wind is giving us a little push, but the track looks pretty good. We made some changes, but they don’t look so good. We’ll go back to what we had coming off the truck and start working again in the second session. I was stuck in traffic a lot as well, so I just had to be patient."

Mauricio Gugelmin, No. 17, Hollywood Reynard/Mercedes/Firestone - 10th - 21.198 "We came off the truck in pretty good shape. We were fighting a push in turns one and two. That should improve as more rubber is laid down on the track. At least we’re in the ball park right now on the setup. We’ll keep working to get better."

Greg Moore, No. 99, Player’s Reynard/Mercedes/Firestone - 18th - 21.431 "We were just working on tire pressures and some small settings when the session ended early."

Mark Blundell, No. 18, Motorola Reynard/Mercedes/Firestone - 19th - 21.461 "Unfortunately there was not much accomplished in the short session. We just tried to get the handling sorted out. We only got 80 laps in when we tested here a few weeks ago, so we’re kind of coming to this track new on the setup."

Patrick Carpentier, No. 33, Player’s Reynard/Mercedes/Firestone - 24th - 21.704 "We’re not very fast at the moment because we’re working to get the back to stick better. It’s not a matter of grip, it’s stability. We have good grip. When we get the back to stick consistently then we’ll be quick."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Christian Fittipaldi , Mauricio Gugelmin , Mark Blundell , Andre Ribeiro , Greg Moore
Teams Team Penske