Kenny Brack drove a calculated, patient race to bring home his Shell Ford-Cosworth third in today's running of the Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix. Brack, who took over the lead Rookie of the Year race from fellow Ford driver Alex Tagliani, showed...
Kenny Brack drove a calculated, patient race to bring home his Shell Ford-Cosworth third in today's running of the Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix.
Brack, who took over the lead Rookie of the Year race from fellow Ford driver Alex Tagliani, showed his mettle late in the race holding off hard charging Juan Montoya and capitalizing on mistakes by fellow competitors on late race restarts to claim his career best Champ Car finish.
KENNY BRACK -8- Shell Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 6th / Finished 3rd- "It was messy. It was up and down and quite an interesting experience racing at Nazareth in these cars. The team did a great job getting us track position. We have been a little weak in our pit stops the past few races and today we got it right. I think we gained positions on every pit stop and that is what you have to do in this series. If you loose your momentum here you are going to go down a position or two and you are not going to gain them back unless the cars in front of you loose momentum. Today, you really had to work to make up positions on the restarts and in the pits. The rest of the time you push very hard but you couldn't really make an effort to pass anyone. You really needed to plan your overtaking possibilities and not get hung out. That's really important."
MAX PAPIS -7- Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 16th / Finished 22nd- "The car was pretty good and I was moving up even thought the track was hard to pass. I was making runs at Mauricio (Gugelmin) in the corners but I couldn't get by him all the way. It is very difficult to pass on this track with the new wing configuration. I can into to turn two hard and everybody was slow. I think Jimmy (Vasser) hit the brakes pretty hard. I just got off the throttle and the rear end of the car came around and the front end of the car got into the inside wall. I feel bad because we had a good car. But I tell you, passing is very hard here with these wings."
CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI -11- Big Kmart/Route 66 Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 2nd / Finished 11th - "The radio didn't work from the start. I could hear the team but they couldn't hear me. That didn't help. We pitted on lap 67 for a splash of fuel but then all the yellow laps that came after that really hurt us and our strategy. Then we had a punctured tire. But I asked myself that even if we were running up front and had the puncture, we would have lost all those positions anyway"
MICHAEL ANDRETTI -6- Big Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 15th / Finished 6th
YOU SUFFERED FROM BOOST PROBLEM FROM THE START OF THE RACE. HOW DIFFICULT DID THAT MAKE THINGS FOR YOU? "I had not boost. On all the restarts I was just getting blown off. At the start of the race I was getting beat to the first corner then I would get pushed up wide. Today was a lucky day. I managed to finish sixth and get some points. The whole Texaco/Havoline/Kmart team did a great job. They were the ones who got me up there."
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON ROGER PENSKE'S 100TH WIN? "I am happy for Roger. It's been a long time coming. He has done so much for auto racing. I am happy for him."
PATRICK CARPENTIER -32- Player's Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 10th / Finished 21st - "It's too bad you know. I needed to run as many laps as I could. The engine just shut down four or five times. I think it had something to do with the electrical system and finally we had to park it in the pits. It's too bad because the car was running very good."
HOW DID THE WRIST HOLD UP? "It was good, but I was thinking about it. I wish I had done the whole race because I need as many laps as I can before Detroit. It's a shame."
ALEX TAGLIANI -33- Player's Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 13th / Finished 19th - "We developed a leak in the back of the car which forced us out. It was too bad because the car was fast and the engine was fast - we had a great car. The Player's team was doing a very good job in the pits we made a few crew changes after Japan and boy, did those guys do a great job. We picked up a lot of positions there. We were running sixth because two guys were out of sequence so I think we were in pretty good position. We had a chance to finish in the top five this week. We will catch them in the next round."
ROBERTO MORENO -20 Visteon Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 7th / Finished 14th - "We were trying to hang on there with 12 laps to go. The tire was going down slowly and we thought it would be okay. Unfortunately our streak of always finishing races came to an end but I am very pleased with the Visteon/Patrick Racing team. We had good pit stops and a good strategy but unfortunately a tire started to go down. We had to gamble a little bit because if we would have come in we would have finished at the back of the grid anyhow."
ADRIAN FERNANDEZ -40- Tecate/Quaker State Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 9th / Finished 5th
YOU GOT A LITTLE SHUFFLED AROUND DURING THE LAST RESTART. "My tires were very bad on restarts. We just picked the wrong tire pressure. Other than that the car was perfect. We were very fast but on restarts the car was very bad. I just couldn't put the power down. It was just one of those deals. We just needed a few breaks that we didn't get."