POLE SITTER: Helio Castroneves 57.200 MICHAEL ANDRETTI, ...
POLE SITTER: Helio Castroneves 57.200
MICHAEL ANDRETTI, # 6 Big Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Ford-Cosworth Lola
QUALIFYING POSITION: 3rd (57.666)
"This morning the Big Kmart/Texaco/Havoline car wasn't bad. I didn't get areal fair lap to assess the car but I was pretty happy with it. This afternoon I was able to put a good lap in early and then we made a change midway through the session and I think the car was even better. But then, on our second set of tires, Montoya blocked me when I was on my best lap so I was never able to get it done after that. I was a little disappointed. He didn't do it on purpose. It happens to all of us. I'm not sure if I had enough for Helio but I know I had enough for the front row. It's a little disappointing but we're third and that's the important thing. We're up front. It's a long race, so anything can happen. I love the track. It seems to suit my style. I love Toronto also. It's always a good feeling to come here and an even better one to win here."
(On a "fuel strategy" race:) "It opens it up to luck more than anything. It used to be better before with two stops. There is nothing worse than having race."
NOTES: Andretti has scored five of his 39 victories in Toronto and has one pole here. Of his 39 victories, 25 have come on a road/street course. This will be his 14th start at Toronto. Has led in eight of his 13 Toronto races.
CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI, #11 Big Kmart/Route 66 Ford-Cosworth Lola
QUALIFYING POSITION: 6th (57.666)
"The car was fine but when I tried to push and attack it, I was all over the place. I thought we had a shot at the pole but we just didn't put it together today. We are in the third row so it's time to think about the race. I think we will have a good car for the race and we will hope the luck goes our way. The additional laps will make it a fuel strategy race, which isn't necessarily the best scenario, but we are all in the same situation. We will just have to conserve fuel and then go for it at the end of the race. No matter what, it is always an interesting race here. The Big Kmart/Route 66 team needs to score some big points and get back in the Championship hunt."
NOTES: Fittipaldi's highest finish in Toronto came last year when he finished third. This will be his sixth start in Toronto. He led one lap in the 1998 event but Gil de Ferran hit his tire in his pit box while he was leaving his pit next to Fittipaldi and caused Christian's stop to be delayed, dropping him many positions. He dropped to 28th place in the 1997 event during a first lap multi-car accident (Franchitti/polesitter) and finished 11th. Scored two top-10 finishes in the 1996 (7th) and 1995 (9th) races.