CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Rahal Nazareth qualifying

Team Rahal Shell driver Kenny Brack captured his fourth consecutive front row starting position with a fast lap of 172.540 mph in qualifying for Sunday's Lehigh Valley Grand Prix (ABC - 1:00 PM EDT) at Nazareth Speedway. Brack, the 2000 CART...

Team Rahal Shell driver Kenny Brack captured his fourth consecutive front row starting position with a fast lap of 172.540 mph in qualifying for Sunday's Lehigh Valley Grand Prix (ABC - 1:00 PM EDT) at Nazareth Speedway. Brack, the 2000 CART Rookie of the Year, has won two poles (Mexico & Texas) and captured two second place starting positions this season. He is sixth in championship points and is looking for his first CART victory.

Max Papis spun in the Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth/Lola coming out of turn four as he was taking the green flag for his qualifying run and flat spotted the tires. As a result Papis ended his initial qualifying run and went to the back of the qualifying line. As a result he had just one time lap on his qualifying attempt. On that lap Papis posted a lap of 167.788 mph which put him 14th on the grid for Sunday's race.

Max Papis (#7 Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth/Lola) - "Our plan was to warm up the tires slowly but we got caught out of the line a little. The rear end came around when I hit the throttle coming out of turn four. It wasn't hard to save the spin. That's my job to save it. It's tough doing just one lap at the end of qualifying. I did what I could. I put myself in a difficult position with the one lap in qualifying. It's a shame because we've been fast all weekend and we have a good race car. I was just trying to get up to speed quickly on cold tires for qualifying and it got sideways."

Kenny Brack (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola) - "Any little thing can change the car with these conditions. I got a little wide coming of turn two and that was probably the difference (in winning the pole). We had some understeer in turn two but the car was good overall. The Ford Lola has been a good car so far and our team has developed it very well over the winter. In fact, the team is coming together very well after my first year. It is difficult to get the car just right in qualifying. I think we went a little conservative on the setup but we are solid in the show. This is still good for us. We thought the Lola would be good on the ovals after what the car did last year. We only had two days of oval testing as we concentrated on the road courses in the winter. It's difficult to start from a clean sheet of paper after so many years of Reynard cars for Team Rahal. But everybody on the team worked together to get up to speed. Pit stops will be important on Sunday because it's so tough to pass here. I'm glad I'm starting up on the front row."

-Team Rahal

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Max Papis , Kenny Brack