CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland Saturday practice report

Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 Portland International Raceway 19 June 1999 Saturday Practice Report by Alan Perry, motorsport.com It was just a practice session, but it could be some indication of what to expect in the qualifying session this ...

Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 Portland International Raceway 19 June 1999

Saturday Practice Report by Alan Perry, motorsport.com

It was just a practice session, but it could be some indication of what to expect in the qualifying session this afternoon. Unlike yesterday, there was no rain. The skies started off overcast and were clear before the session was over.

Montoya was the first car out and got the first top time. Then Vasser got it. Then Kanaan. The Franchitti. Then Tracy. Then the session was red-flagged and the order was Tracy, Herta, Franchitti, Andretti, Vasser, Kanaan, Fittipaldi, Gugelmin, Montoya and da Motta.

For about 10 minutes, Timing & Scoring decided to show One Saturday Morning instead of the timing information, but when the timing info came back, the order was Moore, Tracy, Franchitti, Vasser, Montoya, Herta, Papis, Jones, Kanaan and Marquez. The top times were in the 59s and 1:00s.

Hattori brought out the red flag with 54 minutes remaining. His car stopped on the track again (a repeat from Friday) and he had to be pulled around. The order was Montoya, Moore, Tracy, Fittipaldi, Franchitti, Andretti, Vasser, Herta, Papis and Marquez. de Ferran

After the session was restarted many drivers went out then back in and there were few improvements. Franchitti got top time (59.376) and tried again, but did not improve. Fernandez got top time with another low 59, then came around again and became the first driver to break into the 58s.

With 40 minutes left, the order was Fernandez, Dario, de Ferran, Montoya, Moore, Tracy, Herta, Vasser, Fittipaldi and Andretti. The times ranged from 58.672 to 59.839. Castro-Neves put in a series of laps that took him from 12th to 11th to 4th. Gugelmin slowly moved up to 11th.

With 24 minutes left in the session, Vasser had a big engine blow-up on the front straight. It took around 12 minutes to get a diaper under the car and remove it from the track.

Montoya was the first out after the track went green again, but it was Herta, Moore and Franchitti who set the pace, all putting in 58s. Garcia went off the track around turn 5 and nearly collected Andretti when he pulled back on.

The session was ended when Papis lost it coming out of turn 12 and hit the wall. There was not enough time to clear the car, so that was it.

The order at the end of the session was Franchitti, Herta, Moore, Fernandez, Fittipaldi, Papis, Tracy, Montoya, Jones, Vasser (in the spare), Andretti and de Ferran. The times were much faster than yesterday.

Max Papis was fastest at the start/finish line at 180.216 mph, Roberto Moreno was fastest at the first intermediate at 105.821 and Michael Andretti was fastest at the second intermediate at 187.787. All of these speeds are much faster than yesterday.

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