CHAMPCAR/CART: Phoenix Saturday Crash

By Tom Haapanen – Motorsport.com Kenny Brack was the fastest again, for the second time in three practice sessions, in the Saturday morning practice session at the Michigan International Speedway. Brack's time, 31.330 seconds (229.812 mph)...

By Tom Haapanen – Motorsport.com

Kenny Brack was the fastest again, for the second time in three practice sessions, in the Saturday morning practice session at the Michigan International Speedway.

Brack's time, 31.330 seconds (229.812 mph) is the fastest so far this weekend, and betters his Friday practice time by nearly half a second. His Team Rahal teammate, Max Papis, followed him on the timesheets with a time of 31.483 seconds.

The impressive Tora Takagi pushed his Reynard-Ford to a time of 31.591, improving to third place from Friday's 8th place, which had been based on a time of 32.221.

Qualifying times will, however, be substantially slower than either yesterday's or today's practice, as the single-car, two-lap qualifying format will prevent the drivers from "drafting" other cars for greater speeds.

The session was stopped twice: once when Dario Franchitti encountered an engine problem on course, and once when rookie driver Max Wilson lost traction exiting the first turn on the superspeedway, and slid below the racing line.

Wilson's front wing snapped off in the transition, causing him to spin up hard against the concrete barrier at the top of Turn 2. After an examination at the track medical center, he was airlifted to Foote Memorial Hospital for X-rays and treatment for possible broken ribs. Wilson was, however, fully awake and aware throughout the incident and the examination.

Qualifying for Sunday's Harrah's 500 begins at noon today.

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