CHAMPCAR/CART: Brack, Papis Toronto qualifying

TORONTO, ONTARIO . . . Team Rahal's Shell driver Kenny Brack claimed his sixth top-three start of the 2001 season with a fast lap of 109.146 mph to claim the third spot on the grid for Sunday's Molson Indy Toronto (1:00 PM EDT ESPN). The...

TORONTO, ONTARIO . . . Team Rahal's Shell driver Kenny Brack claimed his sixth top-three start of the 2001 season with a fast lap of 109.146 mph to claim the third spot on the grid for Sunday's Molson Indy Toronto (1:00 PM EDT ESPN). The qualifying success capped a comeback for Brack and the Shell team from mechanical troubles on Friday that left them 14th overall.

Brack, the CART points leader, is looking to score points in his seventh straight Champ Car event. He entered the weekend holding a 14-point lead in the championship over Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves who will start second on Sunday. Team Penske driver Gil de Ferran captured the pole position for Sunday with a fast lap of 109.492 mph.

Miller Lite driver Max Papis will start 21st after his qualifying run of 107.667 mph. Papis endured a frustrating qualifying session on Saturday which was disrupted by several red flag incidents. Papis has a streak of three consecutive top-ten results at Toronto. In 2000 Papis started 14th and finished 8th.

Max Papis (Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth/Lola) - "I thought we had a pretty good car this morning in practice. But we had several red flags in the qualifying session that didn't help us. This is not what we wanted for here (21st). We'll have to go with a different strategy for the race. Two years ago, we came from 18th starting to fifth so we can get to the front here. We tried several different setups in qualifying and the understeer was still there. I think we might have got the second set of tires a little too hot to make a good run at the end. We tried some things for the race that will help us but those changes didn't improve the car enough for qualifying today."

Kenny Brack (Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola) - "Considering all of the trouble the last two days here in Toronto, third is pretty good for Shell Team Rahal. Friday was nothing but trouble and I hit the tires this morning. So it's been tough on our crew guys. It's a little irritating to see the Penske cars in front of us but now we'll have to race them hard to get the lead. This track is real something since it has almost every type of corner and straightaway, slow, fast, long, short. You name it. You have to get your chassis setup just right to handle all of the different corners. When we went out this afternoon we didn't have a good car at the start. We made one chance and went backwards on the setup. We made another change and the car was much better. I said let's put on tires and go for it. We ended up jumping from 15th to seventh and then to third. So the changes worked. Now we have to get a good car for the race. I have confidence in our Shell team to put together a strong car for Sunday."

-Team Rahal

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Max Papis , Kenny Brack
Teams Team Penske