SBRS: CHAMPCAR/CART: Top Chicago qualifiers

Skip Barber trained drivers dominated the qualifying proceedings at the Target Grand Prix of Chicago in both the CART FedEx and Dayton Indy Lights Series. 1994 Barber Pro Series veteran Juan Montoya will led on all Skip Barber trained first...

Skip Barber trained drivers dominated the qualifying proceedings at the Target Grand Prix of Chicago in both the CART FedEx and Dayton Indy Lights Series. 1994 Barber Pro Series veteran Juan Montoya will led on all Skip Barber trained first and second row on the paper clip-shaped oval just outside of the heart of the Windy City. Montoya snared his fourth pole of the CART FedEx season just ahead of Helio Castroneves by a scant 0.026 sec. en route to a new pole record as well (22.107 sec./167.567mph). Montoya continues to demonstrate his mid season regain of form as he is fresh off his Michigan 500 win and has suddenly become a title contender after suffering through an early part of the season plagued with mechanical woes.

Lining up behind Montoya and Castroneves will be a remarkable Tony Kanaan, who only six weeks ago was sidelined with injuries after a heavy shunt in Detroit. Kanaan recorded a best time around the 1-mile oval in 22.137 sec. Next to him will start 1993 Barber Pro Series champ Kenny Brack, who up until the final session had dominated all of Friday's Champ Car track sessions in Chicago. Brack will line up for tomorrow's race with the confidence of a new multi-year contract with Team Rahal in his back pocket.

Barber Dodge Pro Series Alumni Chris Menninga captured his first ever Indy Lights pole at Chicago. The Pella, Iowa native has shown tremendous form all throughout the lights season in qualifying and he capped off that form by capturing the pole as the last car to take to the track in the single-car session. Menninga snared the pole with a lap of 25.980 sec. for an average speed of 142.587 mph. Fellow Barber Dodge veterans Jeff Simmons, Townsend Bell and Todd Snyder help to fill the fastest ten cars in qualifying. Simmons will start on the outside of row 2 in fourth place while Bell will take the green flag from the sixth position. Snyder will start from the seventh spot.

Both races are scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

-George Tamayo

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Series INDYCAR , OPENWHEEL