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Rain delayed the on track activities at the California Speedway on Friday morning. The Champ Car portion of the weekend finally began with a 90-minute practice on at 1:30 PM. All three Team Rahal drivers patiently worked on their race...

Rain delayed the on track activities at the California Speedway on Friday morning. The Champ Car portion of the weekend finally began with a 90-minute practice on at 1:30 PM.

All three Team Rahal drivers patiently worked on their race set-up for Sunday's CART season finale. Although some speed work was involved the trio ran mostly with full tanks and logged three of the highest lap totals of Friday's single practice. Papis was the tenth fastest driver of the day logging a lap at 236.557 mph. Brack was 13th at 235.432 mph and Mears was 18th at 233.256 mph.

@#7 Max Papis - Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth/Reynard The car had a little too much understeer (push). We were also bottoming some in turn one. It seemed that the car wanted to push in the corners when I ran up on another car. We have to work on that. It feels good to be back at the California Speedway. We led the most laps here last year but this year I want to lead the last lap."

#8 Kenny Brack - Shell Ford-Cosworth/Reynard "This is a pretty fun track. I have a different perspective of the track now that I have driven it instead of just walking it and have a feel all the bumps. I feel the car is pretty good although we are pushing a bit too much but we are going to address that tonight. We ran for some speed but we also need to get a good race car for Sunday."

#91 Casey Mears - WorldCom Ford-Cosworth/Reynard "It feels awesome to finally get in here on the weekend and find out where we are going to be against the guys who are running. This is my first session and I am still just getting a feel for everything. The guys did a great job with the car and we haven't had any problems at all. We went out and got to run the whole time and it was a great first session and I feel really comfortable. I know from how the car is that we can run quite a bit quicker."

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