By David Reininger - Motorsport.com West Allis, Wis. (June 2, 2001) - Persistent showers throughout the Great Lakes region caused the cancellation of qualifying at the Milwaukee Mile today. The starting grid for Sunday's Miller Lite 225 will be...
By David Reininger - Motorsport.com
West Allis, Wis. (June 2, 2001) - Persistent showers throughout the Great Lakes region caused the cancellation of qualifying at the Milwaukee Mile today. The starting grid for Sunday's Miller Lite 225 will be set using championship points, placing Kenny Brack on the pole position.
Making his fifth front row appearance of the season in the Shell Ford-powered Lola, Brack said, "It's nice to start from the pole again, but it's really wide open with so little time on the track."
Rain condensed yesterday's dual practice sessions into a single two-hour session limiting teams to developing either a race day or qualifying setup. Sunday morning's 30-minute warm-up session will surely be hectic as many drivers are still trying to come to grips with their level of comfort in the car.
"We have to scrub tires, check brakes, check the engine and the gearbox," said Brack's teammate Max Papis. "It's up to the engineers to pick up a proper setup for the race."
Starting Sunday's race based on points should make the race more entertaining for the fans. "Normally you're in your starting position and you know what you have," Brack said. "The car is good and then you're up front, or if the car is not so good then you're not up front. Now we could be up front and the car may not be good and some others may be in the back with a car that is good, so it will make for an interesting race."
Helio Castroneves, who was fastest in yesterday's practice session, will start on the outside of the front row in his Marlboro Team Penske Honda-powered Reynard. Despite losing so much practice time to inclement weather, Castroneves thinks he will be ready for tomorrow's race. "As soon as
I started out in (yesterday's) practice we put in a good time and I knew the car was good. Then I decided to do a full tank run, so I know what I have. I'm very comfortable."
Cristiano da Matta will start third in the Texaco Havoline Kmart Toyota-powered Lola. "If we had started the race based on our Friday practice times, we would have started second, but since we are starting based on points we are third, which isn't too bad either."
Team Kool Green driver Paul Tracy will start fourth, followed by Jimmy Vasser, Gil de Ferran, and Tony Kanaan in seventh. Scott Dixon will start eighth, with Christian Fittipaldi and Michael Andretti rounding out the top-ten.
Sunday's race will be televised live on ABC-TV starting at 4:00 p.m. ET.