CHAMPCAR/CART: Fontana Friday Post-Practice Notes

Thirty-mile-and-hour Santa Ana winds gave team fits during the afternoon practice sessions. Needless to say, it was the times from the morning session that stood throughout the day. Max Papis posted the second fastest time of the day at ...

Thirty-mile-and-hour Santa Ana winds gave team fits during the afternoon practice sessions. Needless to say, it was the times from the morning session that stood throughout the day.

Max Papis posted the second fastest time of the day at 234.747 mph which is two miles-per-hour faster than Scott Pruett's pole speed of 1998, which is expected to fall tomorrow.

MAX PAPIS -7- Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth - 2nd Fastest - IS THE SETUP YOU GUYS ARE RUNNING SIMILAR TO THE ONE YOU RAN IN MICHIGAN? "The setup we are running is much different than the one we ran in Michigan. In the morning session when we ran most of our laps we were just trying to get a clear lap to really see where we were on our setup so we don't fool ourselves. I am happy for what we did. We have a very good car. This is the last race for the current Ford engine and everyone at Ford is really trying to get on pole and win the race and we are trying to do that for them. I am very happy with my car. There are a lot of things that we can improve on from tomorrow until the race on Sunday."

CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI -11- Big K Ford-Cosworth - 5th Fastest - "The morning session was much more valuable than the afternoon session because of the wind. We didn't try anything really special, this afternoon was just really about scrubbing in tires." IT SEEMS LIKE BOTH YOU AND MICHAEL HAVE HIT ON A GOOD SETUP. BOTH NEWMAN-HAAS CARS ARE CONSISTENT AND QUICK . . . "Yes, we ran pretty good today. I had a small engine problem this morning. After that we switched to the back-up car and we ran really good after that. We are in good shape."

MICHAEL ANDRETTI -6- Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Ford-Cosworth - 6th Fastest - "We ran quick in our race trim so I ma happy with our progress. There was nothing to learn from this afternoon's session because of the wind. If we were racing sailboats, the conditions would be perfect but it's not so good when you are driving a 1550 lb. aerodynamic racecar. The wind was the worse in turns three and four. I had to get off the throttle because it felt like I had a 40-knot tailwind."

P.J. JONES -20- Visteon Ford-Cosworth - 35th Fastest - "Both Adrian and I struggled today. We are really struggling. There is something fundamentally wrong with the car so we are just trying to figure it out." THIS IS YOUR FIRST RACE BACK IN THE CAR SINCE VANCOUVER. HOW DOES IT FEEL? "It feels great. I wish we would have been able to come out really fast but we will put our heads together tonight and figure it out."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Max Papis , Scott Pruett