CHAMPCAR/CART: Detroit GP Ford joins Toyota on track

Update: The Honda and Ford powered cars are now on track, so the problems with the plate for the pop-off valve have been solved. Details as they are available. Detroit, MI: First practice began this morning after a 30 minute delay for track ...

Update: The Honda and Ford powered cars are now on track, so the problems with the plate for the pop-off valve have been solved. Details as they are available.

Detroit, MI: First practice began this morning after a 30 minute delay for track repairs. Only Toyota powered cars have taken to the track, Ford and Honda powered cars are sitting in pit lane. Apparently Toyota developed a restrictor type plate for the pop-off valves that CART distributed to all the teams. According to a Honda representative, there was no technical bulletin issued directing that the plate was required to be unused beginning with the Detroit race.

Toyota cars had the plate installed before this practice session, Honda and Ford did not. Discussions between CART officials, Honda and Ford are not taking place at the present time.

Meanwhile on the track, Vasser currently holds fast time of 1:17:020. This is much slower than last year's 1:14.444 run by Castroneves in Friday morning practice.

Motorsport.com will have updates as soon as they are available.

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