CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver Sunday AM Warm-up instant story

By Alan Perry - Motorsport.com This morning's warm-up is one last chance for the drivers to try out their cars before this afternoon's Molson Indy Vancouver. The weather has been the same all weekend: Cloudy and overcast in the morning. Sun...

By Alan Perry - Motorsport.com

This morning's warm-up is one last chance for the drivers to try out their cars before this afternoon's Molson Indy Vancouver.

The weather has been the same all weekend: Cloudy and overcast in the morning. Sun breaks in the afternoon. There has been a chance of rain every day, but it hasn't rained yet during a Champ Car session this weekend.

Things to note about this warm-up session:

- Pole sitter Franchitti started the warm-up on rain tires, but, of course, ran most of the slicks. It is not known if other drivers tried out their rain tires.

- There was one red flag when Nakano spun and stalled in turn 11. A front wing was broken off and it took some time to remove the car. The session was resumed five minutes later.

- Nakano took out the spare after his spin.

- Andretti did not take to the track until there was only twelve minutes remaining in the session.

- The top six for the warm-up session were da Matta, Franchitti, Castroneves, Montoya, Tracy and Vasser. de Ferran was 16th. Andretti was 20th. Nakano was faster than Carpentier.

- da Matta's fast time was 1:01.983, less than half a second off of his qualifying time.

- In race trim, the cars were generally about 2 seconds a lap slower than in qualifying.

The race starts at 1:00 PM PDT today.

In the category of news leftover from yesterday ...

Saturday was Jourdain's 24th birthday, but he wasn't celebrating on the track. Before he could complete a fast lap, his car suffered a misfire and he stopped on the back part of the track, far away from the pits where they might have been able to fix the problem. Based on Friday's time, he qualified 17th.

Franchitti was very quick on his second set of tires in qualifying yesterday. In addition to his pole lap time of 1:00.405, he did several sucessive laps in the 1:00s. Only Franchitti, Tracy and de Ferran did any laps in the 1:00s. He later said that he would have been faster, but he kept making small mistakes.

Fittipaldi's qualifying session was cut short by a "tripod" failure. How could a tripod and its failure stop someone from racing? It was the tripod portion (a three-armed part) inside of a CV joint in one of the halfshafts.

In the Friday AM instant story, it was reported that many drivers broke the track record in Friday practice. This was incorrect and based on incorrect information in the media guide. The track record was not broken until one of Franchitti's earlier qualifying times from yesterday.

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