CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Rahal Lausitz Friday notes

Lausitz, Germany . . . On track activities for the German 500 finally got under way at the EuroSpeedway when the rain showers stopped early on Friday afternoon. An impressive crowd estimated at over 30,000 braved the elements and turned out for...

Lausitz, Germany . . . On track activities for the German 500 finally got under way at the EuroSpeedway when the rain showers stopped early on Friday afternoon. An impressive crowd estimated at over 30,000 braved the elements and turned out for the European debut of CART.

Shell driver Kenny Brack posted the fourth fastest time with a lap of 206.183 mph in the Ford-Cosworth powered Lola. Brack, currently second in points will start on the outside of row one for Saturday's German 500. Inclement weather forced the cancellation of qualifying and subsequently the grid was determined by championship points.

Miller Genuine Draft driver Max Papis was 15th during practice with a fast lap of 201.846 mph. The Miller team battled understeer during session and later discovered a fuel pick-problem in their primary car. Papis will start 16th overall on Saturday.

Kenny Brack - #8 Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola (4th fastest on Friday at 206.183 mph)

"This track is fast and unique and that should make for a great race on Saturday. I really think the fans are in for a treat tomorrow. I just hope the weather cooperates. For those fans who've never seen an oval race they are going to see a race unlike anything they have seen before. I was really pretty happy with the Shell car today and I think with a few tweaks we should be in good shape for tomorrow."


1Max Papis - #7 Miller Genuine Draft Ford-Cosworth/Lola (15th fastest on Friday at 201.846 mph)

"This is a fast and flat track and it is just going to get faster. We had a bit of difficulty with understeer in the session and I later found out from my engineers that we had a fuel pick-up problem. I think chassis balance will be key tomorrow. You need to find the right compromise between front and rear grip. I think it will be a strange race tomorrow because we haven't had a lot of practice time on track. The teams that hit the set-up right off had an advantage, but we did learn a lot during the session so the challenge is for us to use that information and make the car better. It was a bit difficult to pass during the session but I think you will see a lot of overtaking on the outside because this track is so wide. It is great to be racing in Germany again. I was last here in 1995 when I was driving the Arrows F1 car and it is a good feeling to be racing in Europe on an oval. I just wish the circumstance surrounding the week were different."

-Team Rahal

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Max Papis , Kenny Brack