CHAMPCAR/CART: Elkhart Lake Mercedes- Final Qualifying Notes

FedEx Championship Series Report Race: Texaco/Havoline 200, Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis. Date/Session: Saturday, July 10, 1999 Final Qualifying Moore Leads Mercedes At Road America Qualifying ...

FedEx Championship Series Report Race: Texaco/Havoline 200, Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis. Date/Session: Saturday, July 10, 1999 Final Qualifying

Moore Leads Mercedes At Road America Qualifying Greg Moore led a contingent of six Mercedes-Benz drivers in final qualifying for Sunday's Texaco/Havoline 200, the midpoint of the CART FedEx Championship Series. After spinning his Mercedes-powered Reynard onto the grass in turn five, Moore came back later in the session to post a quick lap of 101.053 seconds (144.209 mph) over the 4.048-mile Road America permanent road course. Currently fifth in the driver's championship points standings, Moore will start in eighth position on the grid behind polesitter Michael Andretti (100.206 seconds/145.428 mph).

Mauricio Gugelmin, who was second quick in yesterday morning's practice, tapped the wall in the morning session with his PacWest Hollywood Mercedes race car, then struggled to find the same confident set up on his backup car. "Big Mo" will start in 13th position with a qualifying lap of 101.824 seconds (143.118 mph). Teammate Roberto "Super Sub" Moreno, filling in for injured PacWest Motorola driver Mark Blundell, qualified 16th with a lap of 102.234 seconds (142.544 mph).

Patrick Carpentier, who placed third in provisional qualifying, lost track time due to red-flag penalties stemming from that session's spectacular barrel-roll shunt. The Canadian qualified his No. 33 Player's/Forsythe Mercedes on the ninth row with a time of 102.262 seconds (142.505 mph).

Marlboro Team Penske Mercedes driver Al Unser Jr. and Hogan Racing's Helio Castro-Neves suffered mechanical failures, and will start 19th and 20th, respectively. Unser Jr. lapped Road America in 102.583 seconds (142.059 mph), while Castro-Neves posted a quick lap in 102.749 seconds (141.829 mph).

The green flag for the Texaco/Havoline 200 will wave Sunday, July 11, at 2 p.m. ET (live, ABC-TV).

Hakkinen Scores Pole at British Grand Prix at Silverstone West McLaren Mercedes driver Mika Hakkinen captured the pole position for Sunday's British Grand Prix, as the team defends its 1998 Formula One World Championship. Teammate David Coulthard was third quick in the 22-car field.

Mercedes Quotes

Greg Moore, No. 99, Player's/Forsythe Mercedes/Firestone (Eighth/101.053 seconds) "I got both grass and gravel today. I was on a really good run through turns one, two, three and four, and decided it was time to hang it out a little bit, but I carried a little too much speed into turn five and went a little wide, and the left side wheels dropped off. Instead of correcting toward the wall, I went out onto the gravel. "The team did a good job today. Tomorrow, we'll have to play our game as best we can, and see what develops. With the additional five laps (to 55), the pit strategy changes, so it should be an exciting race for the fans."

Mauricio Gugelmin, No. 17, Hollywood Mercedes/Firestone (13th/101.824 seconds) "We were forced to use the T-car this morning in practice (after running that car in provisional qualifying), and it was a bit of a mad rush to get it set up according to the primary car specs. As a result, the back-up car had more understeer. Then I made a small mistake in turn 14 and tapped the wall, so we took the primary car out again. In just one lap, we were faster. "We had to go back to the T-car for final qualifying, and I haven't really been happy with it all weekend. Although the two cars are set up the same, it doesn't feel that way. I don't have the same confidence in the T-car under braking. It's been a tough weekend."

Roberto Moreno, No. 18, Motorola Mercedes/Firestone (16th/102.234 seconds) "We had a good session in the morning. We made a lot of adjustments and we were catching up after missing yesterday's practice. Combined with the red flags in Friday qualifying, we pretty much lost the first day. In this game, being behind even one session is a major handicap. "We made some changes to the car for final qualifying, and picked up speed in the fast corners. We didn't really improve our lap time, but we improved the balance. Since we haven't had a lot of running time this weekend, that's not a bad thing to focus on."

Patrick Carpentier, No. 33, Player's/Forsythe Mercedes/Firestone (17th/102.262 seconds) "When I first went out, the brakes were soft, so I had to come in to fix that, and then we had to take our penalty, so we only had time for four laps. We couldn't use our second set of tires. It's disappointing because I think we could have been in the top 10."

Al Unser Jr., No. 2, Marlboro Team Penske Mercedes/Goodyear (20th/ 102.583 seconds) "I was starting my second timed lap when all of a sudden, I saw a big ball of fire in my rear-view mirror. I didn't have any brakes, so I pulled over to a safe area and got out of the car. It looks like an oil line fitting failed, and lit up the back of the car. My guys will have to rebuild the entire rear of the Marlboro Mercedes Lola tonight. We'll use the warm up Sunday morning to make sure the car is ready for the race."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers David Coulthard , Mika Hakkinen , Al Unser Jr. , Michael Andretti , Roberto Moreno , Patrick Carpentier , Mauricio Gugelmin , Mark Blundell , Greg Moore
Teams Team Penske