CHAMPCAR/CART: Carpentier powers to fifth row at Mid-Ohio

Lexington, Ohio, August 12, 2000 Team Player’s driver Patrick Carpentier delivered on his promise to improve his qualifying position for Sunday’s Miller Lite 200 when he posted the ninth-fastest time quickest among drivers in the first ...

Lexington, Ohio, August 12, 2000 Team Player’s driver Patrick Carpentier delivered on his promise to improve his qualifying position for Sunday’s Miller Lite 200 when he posted the ninth-fastest time quickest among drivers in the first group during final qualifying on the eve of Round 13 of the FedEx CART Championship at Mid-Ohio.

Carpentier powered his Reynard/Ford around the 2.258-mile road course in a time of 1:06.391 seconds for an average speed of 122.438 mph, shaving off more than a second from his previous best time of the weekend. He will start alongside Mexico’s Adrian Fernandez for Sunday’s race.

“The Player’s crew made a wing adjustment and put on fresh tires when I came in late in the session and I just went for it,” said Carpentier, who is currently 10th in the overall standings with 65 points. “I entered every corner faster than I thought the car could handle and completed the lap without incident.”

“The track was quite slippery and conditions changed tremendously from the start to the end, but we came in with the goal of being in the top-10 and we did it,” added Carpentier, whose top finish so far this season was third place at Milwaukee. “I am very hopeful for tomorrow, because we usually come up with great race setups, but the main thing is to be able to go the distance and Team Player’s is up for the challenge.”

His teammate Alex Tagliani was a little more somber despite climbing one spot on the grid after clocking the 16th-fastest time with a lap of 1:06.852 seconds for an average speed of 121.594 mph.

“There is a lot of work ahead of us, because the car is not well balanced,” said Tagliani, who is second behind Kenny Brack in the rookie standings with 40 points. It’s difficult to get a good lap when at times the front of the car dives and other times it is the rear that bottoms out. We will check the data and make the necessary changes for the race.”

Once again, it was the two Team Penske drivers who dominated the qualifying session with Gil de Ferran taking his third pole of the season, ahead of teammate and fellow Brazilian Helio Castroneves. Scotland’s Dario Franchitti posted the third-fastest time, while Canadian driver Paul Tracy was 13th.

Racing fans can track the progress of Team Player’s throughout the weekend by logging into the team’s web site at www.teamplayers.ca. They can also watch the 83-lap Miller Lite 200 live on The Sports Network at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Adrian Fernandez , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Kenny Brack
Teams Team Penske