CHAMPCAR/CART: Motegi Player''s qualifying

Motegi, Japan, May 12, 2000, - Player's team driver Alex Tagliani qualified 10th in the lone qualifying session held Friday at the Twin Ring Motegi oval track in Japan. His teammate Memo Gidley was 16th overall. Tagliani circled the 1.549...

Motegi, Japan, May 12, 2000, - Player's team driver Alex Tagliani qualified 10th in the lone qualifying session held Friday at the Twin Ring Motegi oval track in Japan. His teammate Memo Gidley was 16th overall.

Tagliani circled the 1.549 oval track in 26.715 seconds for an average speed of 208.737 mph, while Gidley was clocked at 26.845 seconds (207.726 mph). Track conditions changed for the session as the weather was mostly cloudy with bursts of wind. Gidley was also bothered during his qualifying run when he hit a bird, which slowed him down somewhat.

Juan Montoya won his second pole of the season, his ninth in his two-year stint in the CART series. The Colombian driver posted a time of 26.237 seconds averaging 212.540 mph. Kenny Brack, winner of the last Indy 500, finished second but experienced problems in his first qualifying run. The Swede, who had been at the top of the timesheets for much of the weekend, blew his engine during his first run, but came back with his backup car turning a lap in 26.393 seconds to earn a spot on the first row. The second row will be shared by American Jimmy Vasser and Brazilian Roberto Moreno.

Optimism still runs high in the Player's rank as the winners of the first three races came from way back to climb on the highest step of the podium with Max Papis winning the season opener at Homestead from 13th spot on the grid, Canadian Paul Tracy from his 17th position in Long Beach and Adrian Fernandez from 16th in Brazil. The two Player's drivers will have to work their way through the field to look for the win in the 201 laps event

Racing fans can watch the 201-lap Firestone Firehawk 500 live on The Sports Network at 11:00 p.m. ET on Friday.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Memo Gidley , Max Papis , Roberto Moreno , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Kenny Brack