CHAMPCAR/CART: Fernandez fastest in Friday practice

Adrian Fernandez set the fastest time - 22.021 seconds (168.712 mph) - in the Friday afternoon practice session for the Milwaukee Mile CART race. Fernandez' quick time was the only time of the session that was quicker than Kenny Brack's morning ...

Adrian Fernandez set the fastest time - 22.021 seconds (168.712 mph) - in the Friday afternoon practice session for the Milwaukee Mile CART race. Fernandez' quick time was the only time of the session that was quicker than Kenny Brack's morning session leading time. Cristiano da Matta was second in the afternoon session with a time of 22.596 (164.418)

Jimmy Vasser was first to set a fast time this afternoon with a 22.689 (32.914 mph), time which stood up for just a few minutes before Fernandez took the top spot with a 22.549. Prior to a "half-time break" - a lengthy debris cleanup at mid-session - Mario Dominguez, Tora Tagaki, Christian Fittipaldi then Paul Tracy made attempts at the lop of the chart, but none could top Fernandez or Vasser's early marks.

After the break, Dario Franchitti turned a 22.774 (163.148) to get third fastest to that point and Michel Jourdain clicked off a 22.938, good for 5th.

With less than one half-hour to go, the drivers got serious in their attempts at a fast time. Da Matta fired the first volley with his fastest time of the day, then Brack followed with a 22.620 (164.244), good for 3rd. Neither was fast enough to knock Fernandez from the top of the list, and with just a few minutes left in the session, Fernandez set the fastest time of the day, topping his earlier time.

The final order of the top ten fast times for the two combined sessions was: Fernandez, Brack, Mario Dominguez, da Matta, Vasser, Tagaki, Tracy, Franchitti, Bruno Junqueira, and Max Papis.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Bruno Junqueira , Max Papis , Adrian Fernandez , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Kenny Brack , Mario Dominguez , Cristiano da Matta , Michel Jourdain