A beautiful summer Wisconsin day greeted the teams at Road America. Kenny Brack and Max Papis took to the track for the morning practice and began adjusting to the revised aerodynamics package CART mandated for Road America. The morning session...
A beautiful summer Wisconsin day greeted the teams at Road America. Kenny Brack and Max Papis took to the track for the morning practice and began adjusting to the revised aerodynamics package CART mandated for Road America. The morning session was interrupted on numerous occasions for cars off the course. That made it difficult to build a rhythm on the four-mile road course. Brack finished the morning session sixth overall while Papis wrapped up the morning 19th in his back-up car after a gearbox problem sidelined the primary car.
For qualifying both Team Rahal drivers were in the fast session based on their top-six starts at Mid-Ohio. Brack in the Shell car posted the ninth fastest lap of qualifying at 101.358-sec./143.776 mph. Papis and the Miller Lite team battled the car's handling even more than Brack and wound up 19th on the provisional grid at 102.608-sec./142.024 mph.
#7 Max Papis - Miller Lite Ford Cosworth/Reynard "It was a long day for the Miller Lite team. This morning we had a gearbox problem and we had to go to the backup car. Actually, I only got in two fast laps in the morning practice with all of the stoppages, so we were right behind from the start. With the new aerodynamic package here for our cars it doesn't seem like the same Elkhart Lake. It is like a completely different track. You brake in different areas and you turn into the corners different. I didn't get a chance to test here and that is one reason we are a little bit behind. It is a shame because I like this track so much. We just got behind today and didn't catch up. I feel better about qualifying on Saturday. I know we can improve a lot."
#8 Kenny Brack - Shell Ford Cosworth/Reynard "We had a difficult time with the handling [of the car] today. The car was not very stable on the entrance to the corners and then the car pushed through the turns. That makes it hard to get on the power quickly. I know Don [Halliday, Brack's engineer] has a few ideas for Saturday that can help us. It has been seven years since I raced here [1993 Barber-Saab Series] and the braking areas are different for Champ Cars."