Forsythe Racing - Mid-ohio GREG MOORE ...
Forsythe Racing - Mid-ohio
GREG MOORE #99 PLAYER'S/INDECK REYNARD-MERCEDES
PATRICK CARPENTIER #33 PLAYER'S/INDECK REYNARD-MERCEDES
POST-QUALIFYING: MILLER LITE 200, LEXINGTON, OHIO
FORSYTHE'S TEAM IS HOT!
LEXINGTON, Oh., August 8, 1998 - Expect to see Forsythe Racing charge and dice through the field as drivers Greg Moore and Patrick Carpentier battle for the win in Sunday's race through the rolling Ohio countryside in Round 13 of 19 of the FedEx Championship Series.
In the sweltering head and humidity lingering over the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Moore picked up some speed from yesterday's provisional qualifying session but retained his 6th place spot on the grid, a mere four-tenths of a second off pole sitter Dario Franchitti's time.
"I think we can win this one. The thought did cross my mind of the big jackpot, $410,000, for the Marlboro Pole Award. It seems easy - qualify on the pole, win the race, and you win the jackpot," said Moore. "Oh well. But considering where we've qualified on road courses this season, I'd say we're pretty happy. If it's hot like this tomorrow, I think you'll see not only cars fading but people. And if it rains, it will be a crapshoot because no one's tested on this track in the rain."
Carpentier, who yesterday earned a provisional qualifying spot of 4th, was going for the pole but ended up off the track after only three laps into the session and had to settle for starting 9th on the grid for Sunday's race, seven-tenths of a second off the lead time.
"That was for the pole. That was an amazing lap; really, really fast. I got excited and I said, 'I'm not lifting [off the gas].' Going into corner 7, the car carried up and over the hill, but I wasn't going to lift. I took the corner too fast and the car got a little loose and I missed the apex. I went into the grass and ended up in the gravel trap and did a little damage to the rear wing," said Carpentier. "The Blue Crew gave me a perfect car. Tomorrow we're going for the win.."
For the third time this season, Forsythe Racing's Atlantic drivers Lee Bentham and Alex Tagliani have dominated the front row. Starting from the pole, Tagliani is looking to earn his third consecutive victory in the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship, Round 9 of 13. Bentham, starting second on the grid, is hoping to pass his teammate to earn his second victory of the season. Bentham leads the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship drivers' standings with 100 points, and Tagliani is tied for second with Memo Gidley with 98 points.
Team owner Jerry Forsythe knows talent when he sees it. Coming off visits to victory circle in Michigan at the U.S. 500 with Moore and Trois-Rivieres with the Atlantic drivers, Forsythe would like to see victory circle here at Mid-Ohio.
"Alex and Lee have shown some incredible talent. They've really come on strong in the second half of the season," said Forsythe. "I think Greg and Patrick will be up-front contenders tomorrow. They have not only fast cars, but they're very comfortable with the track. Hopefully they'll both be in victory circle. But I can't forget a big part of the reason why all four Forsythe drivers are doing so well - the Blue Crew. They been putting in some long hours, and they' re dedicated to getting the perfect setups for the drivers. They've done an incredible job."