Team Rahal was dominating on the first day of practice at the Chicago Motor Speedway. Brack and Papis ran first and second in the morning session with Brack posting the faster lap at 163.723 mph just seven tenths of a mile quicker than Papis...
Team Rahal was dominating on the first day of practice at the Chicago Motor Speedway. Brack and Papis ran first and second in the morning session with Brack posting the faster lap at 163.723 mph just seven tenths of a mile quicker than Papis at 163.046 mph. Both the Shell car and the Miller Lite car handled beautifully off the truck, as the team was able to pick up where it left off at the Chicago open test the first week of July. Brack again paced the field in the afternoon session posting the fast lap of the session at 164.224 mph unofficially breaking the track record of 162.559 mph set by Papis in his pole run in 1999.
#7 Max Papis - Miller Lite Ford Cosworth/Reynard
"The car felt pretty good in the morning practice. We worked on the race setup all afternoon. That is very important here. Getting good wear on the tires. Last year, I led the first 60 laps or so and the car got a little loose. We are really working on getting a good car for the entire distance. Kenny was able to work on longer runs too this afternoon and I feel we have a strong chance with the Team Rahal cars. I know we would like to get the Miller Lite car to victory lane again. It was tough at Michigan last week. We had a car that could have won. Last year at Michigan, we didn't have enough fuel. This year, we didn't have enough oil. Now we will have plenty of both this weekend."
#8 Kenny Brack - Shell Ford Cosworth/Reynard
"We had a successful test here a couple of weeks ago and we just continued from there. Just small changes. It's pretty much like we left the test. It feels good to run well today after we announced the new Shell contract and my extension with Team Rahal. Usually it's the other way around. You go fast after you lose a ride. We've had a pretty good year so far with the new relationship with the team and the new tracks. But I came here to win races and that's the Shell team's goal. I know this Sunday's race won't be as exciting as the race at Michigan. We tried a different wing package in testing and the drivers felt it wasn't the best for us. With this wing setup, we have the one-mile syndrome, not a lot of passing. It's tough to race side-by-side with these wings. But if we can start up front, we'll have a strong shot at winning."