CHAMPCAR/CART: Chicago Ford Racing Thursday Notes

MICHAEL ANDRETTI -6- K Mart/Texaco/Havoline Ford-Cosworth - CAN YOU TELL ME YOUR FIRST IMPRESSIONS AFTER SPENDING A FEW SESSIONS DRIVING AROUND THE CHICAGO MOTOR SPEEDWAY . . . "It's tricky. You really have to drive it hard around here. I think...

MICHAEL ANDRETTI -6- K Mart/Texaco/Havoline Ford-Cosworth - CAN YOU TELL ME YOUR FIRST IMPRESSIONS AFTER SPENDING A FEW SESSIONS DRIVING AROUND THE CHICAGO MOTOR SPEEDWAY . . . "It's tricky. You really have to drive it hard around here. I think it is going to be a great race based on that.. I think there is going to be a lot of passing. This place is very smooth, probably the smoothest place we race on. The facility itself is first-class. Everybody did a great job on this place." THE TURNS SEEM TO BE VERY TIGHT. ARE THEY TIGHTER THAN ANY OF THE MILE OVALS YOU HAVE RUN ON PREVIOUSLY? "Yes they are. I don't know any track we race on that has tighter turns than this one. It is a little tricky. You really have to stay on top of it and really have to work it. You are getting it sideways around the corner and everything, you are driving it that's for sure." WILL SHIFTING BE A PART OF EVERY LAP? "Yes. There will be a lot of shifting. Everybody will be shifting because there is so much of a difference in speed between the top-speed and the speed in the corners."

MAX PAPIS -7- Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth - WHAT ARE YOUR FIRST IMPRESSIONS AFTER ONE DAY OF RUNNING AT CHICAGO? "It's like driving a road but you only turn left. It is very busy because you are lapping the track in 24 seconds and a lot if going on in those 24 seconds, you seem to be always be upshifting and downshifting. But I think we have the right concept to get around the track fast." WHEN THE TRACK FINALLY 'COMES IN,' HOW MANY RACING LINES DO YOU SEE THERE BEING? "I think it is going to be more of a question of being able to brake really deep and carrying the momentum. It won't be a problem racing side-by-side out there. This is a super smooth track. Probably the smoothest track we race on if you take out the superspeedways. There is also a pretty decent level of grip given the fact that the track has not been raced on yet."

JAN MAGNUSSEN  -20- Visteon Ford-Cosworth - THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME YOU HAVE
RUN ON AN OVAL IN TRAFFIC IN YOUR CHAMP CAR CAREER.  WHAT ARE YOUR INITIAL
IMPRESSIONS?  "Today, the traffic was not bad actually.  It is going to be
worse tomorrow morning.  Tomorrow we will probably concentrate on working
more on race day setup because there will be more traffic."  DID YOU HAVE
FUN?  "I had a lot of fun today."

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