Adrian Fernandez won the pole for Sunday's 250-mile CART race at the Milwaukee Mile. Fernandez's fast time of 22.176 seconds (167.532 mph) was not as fast as he had run in the morning practice, but was quick enough to knock Team Green's Paul...
Adrian Fernandez won the pole for Sunday's 250-mile CART race at the Milwaukee Mile. Fernandez's fast time of 22.176 seconds (167.532 mph) was not as fast as he had run in the morning practice, but was quick enough to knock Team Green's Paul Tracy to the outside of the row. This was Fernandez' second pole of the season. Fernandez had a small "wobble" in turn 4 of his first timed lap, but recovered to post the fast lap in his final circuit.
Michel Jourdain Jr. was the first to attempt to qualify by virtue of being the slowest in the practice sessions, and was therefore the first on the provisional pole. Max Papis went next and bettered Jourdain's time of 22.916 seconds (162.123 mph). After Townsend Bell's qualifying run, Alex Tagliani was next to set fastest time - 22.511 (165.039). Michael Andretti was next to go, and outran all except Tagliani. Patrick Carpentier then turned an excellent lap, exceeding his teammate's mark by 0.187 seconds and 1.383 mph. That slight difference would make for an advantage for Carpentier of eight positions on the final grid. After Carpentier's lap, first Kenny Brack, then Christian Fittipaldi, Shinji Nakano, Tora Tagaki, Dario Franchitti, and Mario Dominquez tried unsuccessfully to remove Carpentier from the pole.
Tracy then threw down a flying lap of 22.205 seconds (167.314 mph) to take the top of the timesheet. Cristiano da Matta, Bruno Junquiera, Scott Dixon, and Tony Kanaan followed, all without the speed to get to the front, although Dixon's 22.376 was close enough to get him the fourth overall grid spot. Jimmy Vasser, as the second-last to attempt to qualify, turned the 11th fastest time to that point on his first lap, expecting to go harder on his second lap. That lap was spoiled, though, when his Team Rahal Lola got loose in turn one, causing him to abort the hot lap.
The top ten drivers lining up behind Fernandez and Tracy will be Carpentier, Dixon, Junqueira, Nakano, da Matta, Kanaan, Franchitti and Takagi. The second half of the grid was filled by Tagliani, Vasser, Andretti, Brack, Fittipaldi, Dominguez, Papis, Jourdain, and Bell.