Notes: FRENCH CANADIAN SECOND-QUICK IN HEAT OF DETROIT - Player's Forsythe driver Patrick Carpentier posted the second-fastest lap of the day on Belle Isle, lapping the 2.346-mile circuit in 1 minute, 15.126 seconds. Dario Franchitti was the ...
FRENCH CANADIAN SECOND-QUICK IN HEAT OF DETROIT - Player's Forsythe driver Patrick Carpentier posted the second-fastest lap of the day on Belle Isle, lapping the 2.346-mile circuit in 1 minute, 15.126 seconds. Dario Franchitti was the fastest driver of the day with a lap of 1 minute, 14.838 seconds, while rookie Bruno Junquiera was third fastest with his lap of 1 minute, 15.234 seconds. Current points leader, Kenny Brack, struggled with his setup all day and was 15th-quick, while the positions of other Ford-Cosworth drivers included Alex Tagliani (17th), Bryan Herta (18th), Oriol Servia (19th) and Max Papis (24th).
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/ Forsythe Ford-Cosworth) - 2nd - fastest during the afternoon practice - "I'm very happy. I pushed hard, brushed the wall a few times and broke a few wheels, but I'm very happy. I gave everything I had and that's the way it should be. The team did a lot of work in the wind tunnel and it paid off today. We worked all day to put what they've discovered on the car and it's really working. This is where our team should be. The Ford engine is powerful and the team is doing a great job. We've had so much bad luck this year and it really doesn't represent what the team is capable of. It's the first problem-free Friday we've had this season, so tonight I'm going to celebrate."
YOU'VE BEEN FAST AT CERTAIN POINTS OF THE SEASON THUS FAR, BUT HAS TODAY'S
RESULT SURPRISED YOU?
"I was hoping that we'd keep the speed because at Long Beach we were with Kenny (Brack) the whole time. We got screwed in qualifying because of the rain, but we've been among the top five, top three on road courses all the time. On the ovals we've had so many ovals, but we qualified second at Texas and should have been up front. But the year is long and we're going to catch back up to everyone."
SO YOU WEREN'T AFFECTED TOO MUCH AFTER MISSING SOME OF THIS MORNING'S
"Not really too much to be honest. The track was very slippery and one thing I noticed was that it might not be worth it to run on a track that's extremely slippery. When I got on the track it was grippy and we had a good idea of what we had to do with the car."
KENNY BRACK (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth) - 15th-fastest during the afternoon practice - "We're working on the balance of the car. I thought that last lap I did was a pretty good lap, but if you look at the times we're 15th, so it couldn't have been a good lap. So now we have to go back and see where we have the balance and see if we can make some improvements for tomorrow. We just need to figure out what corners we need to be faster through."
HAS THE HEAT PLAYED ANY PART IN YOUR STRUGGLES TODAY?
"It's hot, but it's the same for everybody. I don't think that it's any worse for us than it is for any other teams."
BRYAN HERTA (#77 Zakspeed/Forsythe Ford-Cosworth) - 18th-fastest during the afternoon practice - "Missing part of practice this morning didn't help, but we just didn't roll off the truck with the setup that we needed. We'll make some changes tonight and hopefully tomorrow we'll be better."
MAX PAPIS (#7 Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth) - 24th-fastest in practice - "We really had a lot of things to practice today and losing a lot of time in the first session was not the best thing to do. I think we made a lot of improvement in the car, but unfortunately I tapped the wall with the only set of new tires that we ran all day, and that was a shame. I think we came here with a very good car in our hands and now we're going to see how good it can be."
HOW MUCH DID MISSING SOME OF THIS MORNING'S PRACTICE SET YOU BACK?
"Every time you lose an hour of practice you're always an hour behind those people that were practicing."
- Ford Racing