CHAMPCAR/CART: Brack, Papis Road America qualifying

ELKHART LAKE, WI . . . CART points leader Kenny Brack claimed the pole for Sunday's Motorola 220 (1:00 PM EDT on ESPN) in dramatic fashion jumping from 15th to first on his final qualifying lap. A fast lap of 117.969 mph claimed Brack his fifth...

ELKHART LAKE, WI . . . CART points leader Kenny Brack claimed the pole for Sunday's Motorola 220 (1:00 PM EDT on ESPN) in dramatic fashion jumping from 15th to first on his final qualifying lap. A fast lap of 117.969 mph claimed Brack his fifth pole position of the year and his second pole on a road course.

Saturday's qualifying session was held amidst intermittent showers on the 4.048-mile Road America course at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Max Papis qualified 22nd in the Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth/Lola with a fast lap of 110.561 mph.

Papis lost the last 10-minutes of the qualifying session to engine related problems. Both Team Rahal drivers battled mechanical problems in the morning session. Brack lost the final 15-minutes to engine problems and Papis like wise lost time when he had a problem with his brakes.

Max Papis (Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth/Lola) - "I was actually excited about the rain conditions. Obviously, we won in the rain at Portland. The car felt good and we were picking off two seconds a lap. The track was very slick but the handling was pretty good on the Miller Lite car. We were climbing the rankings on the chart. But just as we were looking to move up, the engine made a big boom and we were done with 10 minutes to go in the session. It's been a rough weekend for us with all of the mechanical difficulties. I hope our luck turns around for the race. I'm very happy for Kenny and the Shell crew with that pole position. It's a tough week at Team Rahal and this is a big lift."

Kenny Brack (Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola) - "It was the same for everyone out there today. You have to take your chances in the rain. Our Shell team was able to pick a spot for me at the end and everything worked out well. This is very rewarding for Team Rahal. They have had a tough week and this is great for them. I'm proud of my guys for hanging in there with me. This track is long and very unpredictable in the rain. There are shadows and leaves on the track in these conditions. It's finding the line with the most grip and the right timing. We timed it well today. It was an interesting lap with different conditions. I was right behind Dario (Franchitti) when he went into the sand. I knew that a red (flag) would come out so I cooled my tires before going back to the pits. When I got to the pits, there was no time to make any changes on the car. I waited for the traffic to pull out ahead of me and I looked for a clear spot. That really was the difference. I think we have a pretty good setup for the dry too. We weren't as fast as the Penske cars this morning but maybe a top four or five car. We didn't get in the last 15 minutes this morning due to technical problems. But we think we have a good car for the race."

-Team Rahal

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Max Papis , Kenny Brack
Teams HART