Round 16 of 21 on the 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series Thursday's opening day of practice for Saturday's inaugural German 500 at the new EuroSpeedway 2-mile oval was rained out. The schedule for Friday was altered to reflect two hours of ...
Round 16 of 21 on the 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series
Thursday's opening day of practice for Saturday's inaugural German 500 at the new EuroSpeedway 2-mile oval was rained out. The schedule for Friday was altered to reflect two hours of morning practice for all Champ Car competitors beginning at 9:30 a.m. local time (3:30 a.m. EDT), and one hour of afternoon practice beginning at 1:30 p.m. local time (7:30 a.m. EDT).
Qualifying for this weekend's event has been cancelled. CART FedEx Championship Series officials instead will set Saturday's starting grid according to the current driver point standings. That puts Tony Kanaan and the #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard 10th on the grid. Teammate Alex Zanardi and the #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard will start 22nd. The local weather forecast for Friday calls for continued rain throughout the day. Scattered showers are predicted for Saturday. In the event the race cannot be run on Saturday, it will be rescheduled for Sunday. ESPN will televise Saturday's race live beginning at 7:30 a.m. EDT.
Also noteworthy today: CART officials announced plans for extensive pre-race ceremonies to commemorate the victims of Tuesday's tragedies in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.
"This is a wonderful track. I just can't wait to get out there and run on it. Hopefully we'll get the chance on Friday, if the weather cooperates. It's a shame they've already decided to not have a qualifying session. I was on the pole the last time we raced on an oval (at Chicago in July), and I think we kind of got into a groove as far as our qualifying package on ovals. But those are the breaks, once again. It's getting old to say that. But I think we could come up with a race car that will bring us up from 10th on the grid."
"It's a real shame for the fans that we didn't get to run today. This oval racing is a brand new thing to them, and I'm willing to bet a good many of them didn't realize we don't run in the rain. We had an autograph session today and I overheard a good many people asking that very question. To tell you the truth, I didn't have a good answer. Anyhow, I hope we get some track time before we race here. It's a brand new track and we sure could use the time to get our setup to where it needs to be. I'm really disappointed for the fans today. It was a great crowd for practice day ... on a Thursday, for that matter. They are passionate about their racing, rain or shine!"