PLAYER'S DRIVER PATRICK CARPENTIER ON ROW 4 FOR CART FINALE AT FONTANA; A BROKEN FINGER MAY SIDELINE HIS TEAMMATE GREG MOORE Fontana, California, October 30, 1999 - Patrick Carpentier of the Player's team registered the seventh-fastest lap in...
PLAYER'S DRIVER PATRICK CARPENTIER ON ROW 4 FOR CART FINALE AT FONTANA; A BROKEN FINGER MAY SIDELINE HIS TEAMMATE GREG MOORE
Fontana, California, October 30, 1999 - Patrick Carpentier of the Player's team registered the seventh-fastest lap in qualifying today for Sunday's final FedEx CART Championship race of the season, an event that Carpentier's teammate Greg Moore may miss because of an injury.
Moore, of Maple Ridge, B.C., was unable to compete in today's qualifying session after he sustained a bruised hip, a minor fracture to his right forefinger and lacerations to his right hand in a motor scooter accident in the paddock prior to the morning practice session. Moore was examined following the incident by Dr. Steve Olvey, CART Director of Medical Affairs.
The injury left Moore with an uncertain status for Sunday's race, his final one with the Player's team, since Moore is moving on to another CART team for the 2000 season. A decision will be made early Sunday as to whether Moore will be able to compete in the event on the 2.029-mile California Speedway super oval, where he finished second last year. If Moore is able to race, he would have to start from the rear of the 27-car field because he was unable to qualify.
Carpentier, of Joliette, Que., will start from Row 4, beside Dario Franchitti, who holds a nine-point lead over Juan Montoya atop the drivers' standings heading into the last race of the season. The front row of the grid has Scott Pruett, who won the pole with a time of 31.030 seconds (235.398 miles per hour), ahead of Max Papis (31.143 seconds and 234.544 mph).
Carpentier, who turned in a quick lap of 31.319 seconds (233.226 mph), had the 14th-fastest time in practice on Friday. He was pleased that he was able to earn a position near the front of the grid in the qualifying session.
"I'm happy that I'll be starting seventh," he remarked. "During my run, the boost was a little high on the back straight and the engine lost some speed, otherwise everything went very smoothly on the track running flat-out. We weren't really looking for a high place on the grid, but we'll definitely take it."
Carpentier explained that the Player's team has devoted much of its efforts this weekend to getting the car ready for the race, rather than being concerned about qualifying, which isn't that important a factor on a super oval such as Fontana.
"During most of the practice sessions so far, we've been running our Champ car with full loads of fuel because we wanted to have a good car for the race," stated Carpentier. "But it's nice to be starting near the top of the grid. It means that there won't be as much pressure at the beginning of the race."
Racing fans can watch the 250-lap race live on The Sports Network starting at 3 p.m. (ET) on Sunday.
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