CHAMPCAR/CART: Motegi: Ford Racing qualifying report

Patrick Carpentier qualifies sixth at Motegi to lead all Ford-powered drivers. CARPENTIER TO START OUTSIDE ROW THREE - Player's/Indeck driver Patrick Carpentier qualified 6th today at the Twin Ring Motegi in Motegi, Japan, leading all Ford...

Patrick Carpentier qualifies sixth at Motegi to lead all Ford-powered drivers.

CARPENTIER TO START OUTSIDE ROW THREE - Player's/Indeck driver Patrick Carpentier qualified 6th today at the Twin Ring Motegi in Motegi, Japan, leading all Ford drivers with a lap of 26.206 seconds with an average speed of 212.654 miles per hour. Target/Chip Ganassi Racing driver Bruno Junquiera claimed his second career CART pole position [Nazareth - 2001] with his lap of 25.907 seconds [215.108 mph], while Tony Kanaan qualified 2nd [26.051 seconds; 213.919 mph] and Paul Tracy qualified 3rd [26.059 seconds; 213.853 mph]. Team Rahal driver Jimmy Vasser will start 9th [26.337 seconds; 211.596 mph], while his teammate, Michel Jourdain, Jr., qualified 13th [26.430 seconds; 210.851 mph] in his backup car. Carpentier's teammate, Alex Tagliani, will start 12th [26.412 seconds; 210.995 mph], while Max Papis qualified 17th and rookie Mario Dominguez will start 19th in his first oval track Champ Car race.

SPARK PLUGS - Patrick Carpentier's sixth-place starting position is his best thus far of the season [17th - Monterrey; 20th - Long Beach], his best in four career appearances at Motegi [10th - 2001; 13th - 1999; 20th - 1998] and his best since qualifying 9th at Australia last year ... Jimmy Vasser, who will start tomorrow's race from inside row five, has now qualified 9th or better in three of his five appearances at the Twin Ring Motegi [9th - 2002, 3rd - 2000, Pole - 1998] ... although Max Papis has failed to qualify inside the top 17 this season, he has scored top-nine finishes in both races completed thus far [9th - Monterrey, 3rd - Long Beach].

MOTEGI RACE WINNERS COME FROM INSIDE THE TOP 10 - History shows us that in order to be successful at Motegi you have to qualify well as all four previous winners at the Twin Ring Motegi have qualified 8th or better. Kenny Brack started 6th last season and drove to victory, Michael Andretti qualified 8th and won in 2000, while Adrian Fernandez managed to start closer to the front in capturing his back-to-back victories in 1998 [qualified 2nd] and 1999 [qualified 4th].

FORD-COSWORTH MISSES POLE AT MOTEGI - For the fifth straight year, Ford-Cosworth has failed to capture the pole position at the Twin Ring Motegi in Motegi, Japan. But despite its lack of pole positions at the Japanese track, Ford-Cosworth is more than willing to trade that distinction for the four consecutive race victories it has garnered since the facility opened in 1998.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Max Papis , Adrian Fernandez , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Tony Kanaan , Kenny Brack , Mario Dominguez , Chip Ganassi , Michel Jourdain
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing