KENNY BRACK TAKES HIS FIRST CHAMP CAR POLE POSITION- Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack claimed his first CART pole position, and his first in five years, during qualifying for Sunday's inaugural Monterrey Grand Prix. Brack lapped the 2.1-mile road ...
KENNY BRACK TAKES HIS FIRST CHAMP CAR POLE POSITION-
Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack claimed his first CART pole position, and his first in five years, during qualifying for Sunday's inaugural Monterrey Grand Prix. Brack lapped the 2.1-mile road course in 1:15.244 to earn his first front row start since 1996 when racing in F3000. Cristiano da Matta will start alongside Brack with a qualifying lap of 1:15.439, while Gil de Ferran will start third (1:15.551). With Brack's effort, Ford-Cosworth also scores its first pole position since July 2, 2000, when Roberto Moreno led the field to the green flag at Cleveland.
KENNY BRACK (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 1st -
"This morning we were struggling a little bit, but I've got to thank the team, Don (Halliday), the Shell team and the Ford people. They all put in a tremendous effort here and I'm sure that Shell fuel had something to do with it. (laughter) It's a very difficult track because the grip is always changing, but we managed to time everything right. I was a little worried because we put the new tires on a little bit sooner than the "pack," so to speak, and we had our fingers crossed for the last two minutes." IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE YOUR LAST POLE. COULD YOU HAVE IMAGINED THAT YOU'D START THE SEASON THIS WAY? "It feels great to be on pole here because this track is very tricky and I think starting out front will be a big advantage. We'll see how the race goes. We're not done with this weekend yet by any means."
BRUCE WOOD (CART Program Director, Ford-Cosworth) - "It's fantastic! Everybody has been saying all weekend that driving on this track has been like driving on ice, and for the last couple of years we've really struggled with driveability. This is the kind of circuit that 12 months ago might've been a nightmare for us and to come here and get the pole is fantastic. I couldn't ask for a better way to start the season."
IT LOOKS AS IF THE OFFSEASON WORK PAID OFF FOR YOU.
"It's really a tribute to all the guys in Northampton (UK), all the guys in Torrance (CA) and all the guys that worked on the transient dyno in Detroit. It's great and I hope we can go out and do the same tomorrow.