CHAMPCAR/CART: Cleveland Ford Racing Saturday Qualifying

MICHAEL ANDRETTI -6- K Mart/Texaco/Havoline Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 3rd - "The car was good. We made a lot of improvements on the car today but unfortunately the track got so much better over the last eight minutes of the session and we...

MICHAEL ANDRETTI -6- K Mart/Texaco/Havoline Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 3rd - "The car was good. We made a lot of improvements on the car today but unfortunately the track got so much better over the last eight minutes of the session and we couldn't take advantage of it because of our penalty from yesterday." IT IS SAID THAT STARTING POSITION HERE DOESN'T MATTER ALL THAT MUCH. WOULD YOU AGREE WITH THAT ASSESSMENT? "Yeah I would agree with that assessment. Actually where I am starting is probably the best spot. You can pass here so qualifying is not that important. Starting third really feels good." DO YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS ABOUT THE FIELD GOING INTO TURN ONE TOMORROW? "If you look at history, the front row is really tough here because it is so wide going onto turn one. You have more options when you are the third guy instead of the first two getting into turn one. Sometimes it works for the position so hopefully it will tomorrow." WHAT DO YOU SEE FOR THE RACE TOMORROW? "If you look at history, last year, the way the yellows flew it ended up being a fuel consumption race. Who knows it could come down to that. But we just need to have a good consistent race car and good pit stops. I hate coming into the pits anymore, we have had a lot of problems lately. But if we can do that we should be in good shape." WHEN YOU FACTOR IN THE HEAT AND HUMIDITY IS THIS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT RACES PHYSICALLY? "I don't know if it is the toughest but it is certainly up there. It's one of them."

CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI -11- Big K Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 11th - "The balance was off in the car. We worked on it during the session but we ran out of time. We have a much better car that what we showed today. I was also battling a little problem with the shifter which was costing me a little time too. Tomorrow is going to be a better day. We need a solid run and if we can get a better balance out of the car tomorrow, and we are not that far off, we can be very competitive in the race tomorrow."

BRYAN HERTA -8- Shell Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 4th - "I am happy with fourth place but I thought for sure that we had more in us for today. We made a spring change in the middle of the session which helped the car. We were really trying hard at the end. I was able to run back-to-back 57.4s but the rear end started to get loose. We made one last try at it but the tires had not gotten up to temperature." DO YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS REGARDING TOMORROWS RACE? "I am glad to be starting up front that's for sure. The first turn of this race can get crazy. You can get caught up in some pretty wild stuff here. I just want to be out front any as far away from any mess as possible."

MAX PAPIS -7- Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 22nd - "This was a very disappointing day for the Miller Lite team. We have been struggling to get the oversteer out of the car all weekend. I am happy for the success Bryan is having but at the same time I am very frustrated with how we are running. I am looking forward to putting qualifying behind me and just going out and racing."

ADRIAN FERNANDEZ -40- Tecate/Quaker State Ford - Qualified 12th - "We had three red flags during the session and that really hurts what you are trying to do out there. The last one was the worse one for us because the car felt much better but unfortunately we didn't have time to do even one quick lap. But that is part of the problem with being in the slow qualifying session. It really closes the opportunities for us to make the changes we need to so we can improve the car. We were a little bit better than the closing laps of the session but we have to get the car better for tomorrow." HOW IS YOUR NEW '99 REYNARD WORKING ON THE BUMPY BROAD COURSE HERE IN CLEVELAND? "The car is much more balanced and my engineer John Ward and myself have been able to adapt to the different circumstances that we have here in Cleveland and those are the bumps." WHAT IS THE CAR GOING TO BE LIKE FOR THE RACE TOMORROW? "Last year I started 17th and finished 5th. On this track you can pass but we don't want to have to make as exciting as we did last year. Starting up closer to the front would be nice." WHAT IS TURN ONE GOING TO BE LIKE TOMORROW? "I don't want to know. Hopefully it is going to be clear for me."

P.J. JONES -20- Visteon Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 16th - GOING BACK TO YESTERDAY AND THE DISQUALIFICATION. THE INFORMATION WE GOT WAS THE CAR WAS OVERWEIGHT? HOW MUCH WAS IT OVERWEIGHT? "Four pounds. Considering the car came in with fuel in it, probably two gallons or so, which is about thirteen pounds or so. But it is the rules and we were just a couple pounds light. It's unfortunate." CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE SESSION TODAY? YOU DIDN'T HAVE QUITE THE SUCCESS AS YOU DID YESTERDAY. BUT, ON THE BRIGHT SIDE, EVERYONE SAYS THAT OUT OF ALL THE TRACKS WE RACE ON THIS IS THE ONE WHERE QUALIFYING IS NOT AT A PREMIUM. . . "Yeah, I had a decent car today and we probably could have run the same times as yesterday but we were a victim of the red flags. But at least you can pass here so I am confident in our chances tomorrow."

MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR -19- Herdez Viva Mexico Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 20th - "We are still battling an oversteer. We made changes for this session which helped but we still have a way to go. I made a big mistake on my hot lap and between that and the red flags it was not a very successful session."

LUIZ GARCIA, JR. -71- Tang Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 27th - "That was not a very successful session for us. We broke a drive shaft and by the time we were ready to go back out we would have had two laps but then Salles' car caught fire and that ended the session. We didn't have the chance to get in one lap. It was a tough day"

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