CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Player's Gold Coast qualifying report

Round Twenty of the CART FedEx Championship Series Qualifying Results for the Honda Indy 300 Surfers Paradise, Australia, October 27, 2001 - Player's drivers Alex Tagliani and Patrick Carpentier respectively qualified seventh and ninth in ...

Round Twenty of the CART FedEx Championship Series
Qualifying Results for the Honda Indy 300

Surfers Paradise, Australia, October 27, 2001 - Player's drivers Alex Tagliani and Patrick Carpentier respectively qualified seventh and ninth in Australia for Sunday's Honda Indy 300. Tagliani posted a lap time of 1 minute 33.137 seconds (173.860 km/h) while his teammate went around the 4.998-kilometre (2.795-mile) Surfers Paradise street course in 1 minute 33.360 seconds for an average speed of 173.444 km/h.

Tagliani will start on the inside of row four next to rookie Scott Dixon for Round 20 of the CART FedEx Series. "I'm a little bit disappointed because I think I had a car for the front row," said Tagliani. "Unfortunately, when I went out with a new set of tires at the end the session, the butterfly on the engine got stuck and I lost about 100 horsepower. I feel confident for the race and I'm aiming for a podium finish."

Carpentier was happy with the results, but did not like the penalty assessed by CART officials when he went off-track during qualifying in Laguna Seca two weeks ago. "I feel that CART erred when they assessed me the penalty because the red flag at Laguna Seca was caused by Gil de Ferran," said Carpentier, who, like his teammate scored his best qualifying results in Australia. "My car was in a secured position. Otherwise, ninth place on the grid is very good and there is high hope for the race as I only used one set of tires during the weekend. Team Player's has provided us with excellent cars for the race and I'm happy with the car set-ups."

Brazilian Roberto Moreno nipped his fellow countryman Gil de Ferran for the pole in the last minutes of qualifying. Moreno won his first pole of the season, his second of his CART career, when he lapped the course in 1 minute 32.095 seconds at an average speed of 175.827 seconds, shy of the record set by Dario Franchitti in 1999. De Ferran, who also had to serve an eight-minute penalty at the end of the session, posted his best time in 1 minute 32.406 (175.235 km/h). Row two will be share by Cristiano da Matta and Paul Tracy while Dario Franchitti will start from row three next to Michael Andretti.

Drivers will return on track Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. Australia Time (8:00 p.m. Eastern Time Friday) for the race warm-up. The Honda Indy 300, a 65-lap race, begins on Sunday afternoon in Australia. However, because of the time difference, it will be at the stroke of midnight in the Eastern time zone. Racing fans can watch the event live on The Sports Network beginning at midnight.

-Player's-

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