TORONTO, Ontario, Canada (July 6, 2002)-- Team Motorola and driver Michael Andretti had a difficult time during qualifying on the 1.755-mile street course in Toronto today. A fuel system problem one lap into the qualifying session in Michael's ...
TORONTO, Ontario, Canada (July 6, 2002)-- Team Motorola and driver Michael Andretti had a difficult time during qualifying on the 1.755-mile street course in Toronto today. A fuel system problem one lap into the qualifying session in Michael's primary car forced the team to switch to the back-up race car. One lap into his run with the back-up car another problem with the fuel system surfaced so Andretti was forced to qualify on almost full fuel tanks. "We were carrying a lot of extra weight out there," said Andretti. "It was a real shame because I think we had a good car today." Andretti basically ran his qualifying effort in race starting mode. "We were at a large disadvantage today," explained Kim Green. "We're going to have to apply our strategy from last year and see if we can win the eighth Molson Indy with Michael."
Cristiano daMatta took today's pole and one championship point with a time of 58.135 seconds while Michael's technical partner, Paul Tracy, was second with a time of 58.172 seconds and Bruno Junqueira rounded out the top three with a time of 58.256 seconds. Dario Franchitti, a second technical partner to Michael was sixth overall with a time of 58.488 seconds. Team Motorola will resume practice tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. with the 112-lap race set to begin at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Michael Andretti -- #39 Honda-Lola-Bridgestone
"We just had a million problems today and it was really frustrating. My primary car had a fuel system problem so we went to the back-up car and it had a fuel problem too, so we had to qualify with a ton of fuel in the car. We were carrying around a lot of extra weight so we just didn't have much of a chance. It's a shame because I feel like we had a good car but we just had every problem imaginable in this qualifying session. Tomorrow will be tough, we're starting from the back and passing is so difficult. It's going to be an interesting race."
Kim Green -- General Manager
"I think we had a pretty good race car today but certainly didn't give Michael the opportunity to show that. We had a fuel system problem with both the primary and back-up race cars and eventually had to qualify with an awful lot of fuel in the race car to compensate. We qualified almost in race starting conditions, which is a big disadvantage, and difficult circumstances for Michael as well. Our strategy for tomorrow is the same as it was after the first lap of last year's race; we have to work from the back, give Michael the best pit stops possible and put him in a position to win his eighth Molson Indy."