CHAMPCAR/CART: Tracy fastest on Friday on Long Beach streets

CHAMPCAR/CART: Tracy fastest on Friday on Long Beach streets

Paul Tracy snagged the flag for provisional pole today for Sunday's Long Beach Grand Prix. His fast time of 1:09.079 seconds (102.561 mph) guarantees him a front row spot for the third race in a row. Paul Tracy. Photo by Michael ...

Paul Tracy snagged the flag for provisional pole today for Sunday's Long Beach Grand Prix. His fast time of 1:09.079 seconds (102.561 mph) guarantees him a front row spot for the third race in a row.

Paul Tracy.
Photo by Michael Kim.
"It was a good battle for first spot between Bruno [Junqueira] and I," stated Tracy. "I was ready to improve my time at the end but the red flag came out and that was it."

Second-fastest today was Bruno Junqueira. Junqueira, while 0.041 seconds behind Tracy, had his last hot lap spoiled when Roberto Moreno stalled on course to bring out a red flag with less than a minute to go in the session.

Also fast in Friday's qualifying were the teammates of the two top drivers, with Junquiera's Newman-Haas teammate, rookie Sebastien Bourdais, third fastest and Tracy's fellow Team Players driver, Patrick Carpentier in fourth.

Experience obviously helps on the tricky Long Beach street circuit, as Bourdais was the only rookie to get into the top 10 today. Champ Car veterans, Adrian Fernandez, Michel Jourdain, Jr, Oriol Servia, Alex Tagliani, Mario Dominguez, Jimmy Vasser, and Roberto Moreno are lined up behind Carpentier - all within one second of Carpentier's time.

The remainder of the rookies fill out the provisional grid, Ryan Hunter-Reay leading that pack in 12th, followed by Tiago Monteiro, Darren Manning, Mario Haberfeld, Patrick Lemarie, all within a second of Vasser's time. At the end of the group, more than a second in arrears of Lemarie, are the two Coyne Racing drivers, Joel Camathias and Alex Yoong.

With a day's more experience on the course, perhaps the rookies will make a better showing in tomorrow's session, as Tracy tries to get his first pole of 2003. The green waves for final qualifying at 1:30 pm Pacific time. Live television coverage will start at 4:30 pm EDT on SPEED Channel.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Joel Camathias , Jimmy Vasser , Bruno Junqueira , Patrick Lemarié , Adrian Fernandez , Roberto Moreno , Patrick Carpentier , Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Alex Yoong , Mario Dominguez , Tiago Monteiro , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Sébastien Bourdais , Michel Jourdain , Michael Kim