CHAMPCAR/CART: Cleveland: Team Player's seek smoother ride

Cleveland, Ohio, June 30, 2000 The first day of qualifying for the Grand Prix of Cleveland did not go as smoothly as Team Player's drivers Patrick Carpentier and Alex Tagliani would have liked, but the Canadian driving duo remained optimistic they...

Cleveland, Ohio, June 30, 2000 The first day of qualifying for the Grand Prix of Cleveland did not go as smoothly as Team Player's drivers Patrick Carpentier and Alex Tagliani would have liked, but the Canadian driving duo remained optimistic they can move up the starting grid before Sunday's race.

Struggling to get any momentum going, Carpentier and Tagliani clocked the 19th- and 20th-fastest times in today's first qualifying run on the 2.1-mile road course at the Burke Lakefront Airport. Scotland's Dario Franchitti earned the provisional pole with a time of 57.961 seconds (130.805 miles per hour), narrowly edging American Michael Andretti, who recorded a time of 57.975 seconds.

"The problem I was having was when I turned in the car would bottom out, and when I hit a bump, I would lose all grip," explained Carpentier, who was in a battle for fourth place until the last laps in Cleveland last year. "This afternoon, the Player's team tried a different suspension geometry with a different spring rate, but the rear was bouncing a lot more. We'll just have to go back to the previous set-up and work our way back up the field."

Tagliani said the Player's team plans some major changes to the suspension for Saturday's final qualifying session. "The car was sliding a lot on the track today and that made it tough to gain any fractions of a second," he explained. "Both teams will sit down tonight and look at the data and work on the problem for tomorrow."

Racing fans can watch the 100-lap Grand Prix of Cleveland on a tape delay on The Sports Network at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE (Eastern time)

Saturday, July 1 CART practice 10:00 a.m. 11:15 a.m. CART qualifying 1:45 p.m. 2:15 p.m. (1st group) CART qualifying 2:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. (2nd group) Sunday, July 2 CART warm-up 9:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. CART race 1:00 p.m.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Dario Franchitti