CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterey: Toyota Motorsports Friday report

Brack, da Matta lead all-Toyota front row in Laguna provisional qualifying. - Kenny Brack won the provisional pole today and guaranteed himself a front row starting spot for Sunday's race and one championship point. If Brack can maintain the...

Brack, da Matta lead all-Toyota front row in Laguna provisional qualifying.

- Kenny Brack won the provisional pole today and guaranteed himself a front row starting spot for Sunday's race and one championship point. If Brack can maintain the pole position in tomorrow's final qualifying, it will mark the third pole for Target Chip Ganassi Racing in their last four events (including the Indianapolis 500). Brack edged Cristiano da Matta by .037 seconds to make an all-Toyota provisional front row.

- Cristiano da Matta's second-place in qualifying today snapped a streak of five consecutive sessions on top at Laguna Seca. Da Matta was the fastest in this morning's practice and topped each of the four sessions at Laguna in CART's Sneak Preview in February. Da Matta has been in the top two in every CART road course session this season except qualifying at Mexico.

- Brack and da Matta's teammates, Christian Fittipaldi and Bruno Junqueira, placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in today's qualifying session giving both Target Chip Ganassi and Newman-Haas two cars each in the top six, as well as four Toyota-powered cars in the top-six.

- Rookie Townsend Bell made it five Toyotas in the first eight today with an impressive eighth-place showing. Bell's looking for his fourth top-10 start in five races this season.

- The pole position for Sunday's main event will be decided in final CART qualifying, Saturday from 1:45-2:45 p.m.

Quotes:

Kenny Brack, #12 Target Toyota: "I was surprised to be able to beat Cristiano since he's been so strong. We made some good changes on the car after this morning's session. To be on the pole feels great for me and the whole Target team."

Cristiano da Matta, #6 Chevron Toyota: "We ran so well on newer tires this morning that we probably didn't change enough between sessions. The Toyota engine was very strong and the car felt really good, but we had some problems with the traction control so I basically had to shut it off. We're going to re-map the traction control and I'm confident for tomorrow. At Long Beach, we were on the provisional pole on Friday and then qualified second on Saturday. Now, I just need to reverse that."

Bridgestone Grand Prix of Monterey, June 9, SPEED, 4:30 p.m. EDT/1:30 p.m. PDT

-toyota-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Christian Fittipaldi , Kenny Brack , Townsend Bell , Chip Ganassi , Cristiano da Matta
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing