CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Rahal Mid-Ohio qualifying notes

Max Papis and Kenny Brack picked up where they left off on Friday running among the fastest cars in the Saturday morning practice. Brack posted the third fastest lap in the morning at 66.418-sec./122.389 mph. Papis was fifth fastest at ...

Max Papis and Kenny Brack picked up where they left off on Friday running among the fastest cars in the Saturday morning practice. Brack posted the third fastest lap in the morning at 66.418-sec./122.389 mph. Papis was fifth fastest at 66.634-sec./121.992 mph.

Speeds were quicker in Saturday qualifying for everybody but the two Penske cars that held the provisional front row on Friday. Even though they failed to top their Friday times, Gil de Ferran and Helio Castroneves captured the front row based on their Friday qualifying speed.

Brack moved to fourth on the grid with a fast lap of 65.806-sec./123.527 mph. Papis jumped from 11th on Friday to sixth with a lap of 66.047-sec.123.076 mph. The fourth and sixth place starts equal the best-combined starting combo for Team Rahal in 2000 matching the effort from Chicago two weeks ago.

#7 Max Papis - Miller Lite Ford Cosworth/Reynard

"It was good to get back into the faster session today (after Friday). I knew if I could get back in the second (qualifying) group, we could post a good time. I didn't get my last lap in for time because of the red flag but I feel good about the car. It was four years ago here at Mid-Ohio that I made my CART debut. So this place is special to me. This is my best start here (9th in 1999) and I think we can be very competitive on Sunday. It's a tough race here one of the hardest of the year for the drivers. Training will come into play late in the race and I hope I'll have an advantage on the other drivers."

#8 Kenny Brack - Shell Ford Cosworth/Reynard

"Fourth isn't bad for the first time here in a Champ Car. I actually had a better lap going but the red flag came out. Seven years ago I was here in Barber Saab and I really couldn't remember the track that well. In fact, I had a tough time finding this place when I came up for the test in June. But I am lucky to have an engineer like Don Halliday and he really helped me. I didn't have a picture of Mid-Ohio in my head. So I relied on Don. I don't know what to expect for the race. I feel like we have a good car and we closed in a little on the Penske cars today. This place is very physical on a driver. We have to have a good car to battle the leaders with on Sunday."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Max Papis , Kenny Brack