CHAMPCAR/CART: Andretti Chicago qualifying

Andretti charged from his 18th place start in the inaugural race last year and was in fourth place making a pass for third when he a Paul Tracy collided. "It wasn't a good day for the home team. I wish we knew what would make the car ...

Andretti charged from his 18th place start in the inaugural race last year and was in fourth place making a pass for third when he a Paul Tracy collided.

"It wasn't a good day for the home team. I wish we knew what would make the car better. We have struggled since we got here which is in contrast to Michigan where we were fast all weekend. The good news is that my qualifying lap was quicker than I had gone all weekend but the bad new is we will start in 16th place. That's two places higher than last year but at this point, we had a better racecar last year than now. We did find some things to make the car better today so we hope to keep working in that direction and get it sorted out before the race. I think the wing we are running this year will make it harder to get to the front than it was last year. I wasn't in favor of this wing because I thought it would not make the racing as close as the other wing. I guess we will see if I was right tomorrow. The race is going to come down to pit strategy to improve your track position. Good pit stops will be important as will the overall timing of them. My Big Kmart/Texaco/Havoline crew gained me a few positions in the pits in Toronto and won the race for me so I am hoping to have another good day tomorrow. We just need to get into the top-five and score some solid points to stay out front in the Championship."

CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI, #11 Big Kmart/Route 66 Ford Lola:

Update: Fittipaldi traveled back to his U.S. base of Key Biscayne, Fla. this afternoon after suffering a mild concussion in a practice accident yesterday.

He will be back in the racecar for the next CART FedEx race at the Miller Lite 200 at Mid Ohio Sports Car course August 11-13.

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Drivers Paul Tracy