Roberto Moreno scored his first career CART pole, the second for Ford this season (Alex Tagliani; Rio de Janiero) and Patrick Racing's first since 1998 (Scott Pruett; Fontana). With one point awarded for winning the pole for Sunday's Marconi...
Roberto Moreno scored his first career CART pole, the second for Ford this season (Alex Tagliani; Rio de Janiero) and Patrick Racing's first since 1998 (Scott Pruett; Fontana).
With one point awarded for winning the pole for Sunday's Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland, Moreno extended his lead to 69-67 over Gil de Ferran for the championship.
Judging by Saturday's qualifying results, Sunday's race could be the most competitive this season with 16 of the 25 drivers qualifying within one second of each other.
ROBERTO MORENO -20- Visteon Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 1st (57.436) - "It's been a great day. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank those who gave me an opportunity to be in this position. We made a few changes in the setup between the first and second set of tires, changing the air pressures. This is a great moment for me, especially with such a competitive field."
ADRIAN FERNANDEZ -40- Tecate/Quaker State Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 14th (57.707) - "The car was very good. We just ran out of fuel during qualifying, and that was it. I am very frustrated, but we're just going to have to do our same old thing tomorrow for the race. It's a very good car. It could have been on the front row."
MAX PAPIS -7- Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 14th (58.044) - "I couldn't get a complete lap today. I was fast in different segments but couldn't put one lap together. We improved the car a lot from Friday but I didn't get the lap I wanted. The only good thing about starting in the middle of the field is that the track is wide and you can pass in many places. I'm mad at myself because I felt good about the car and I couldn't get the most out of it today."
KENNY BRACK -8- Shell Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 15th (from Friday - 58.045) - "We just weren't as good today as Friday. The car didn't feel stable in turns five, six and seven. It never felt secure under me like it did on Friday. I clipped the wall early in the session and we bent a rear toe link, nothing serious. But the car was okay after that. I couldn't find the right balance today. It's frustrating especially after we were so quick on Friday (third fastest)."
MICHAEL ANDRETTI -6- Big Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 4th (57.575) - "I tried to go out and get the pole, but Roberto's strategy worked. I had one of the quickest splits up until he spun. We had a good lap going. I think it would have been enough to get the pole. Now the next goal is to get through turn one okay and ahead of everyone else. What a shame. We had a good one (lap) going."
CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI -11- Big Kmart/Route 66 Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 13th (57.941 - "Basically, it was a lack of performance. We did not figure out a good setup for the car but it will be a long race tomorrow. On Friday morning, I thought we would be in the hunt when we were second fastest but we didn't keep up at the end of the day. In qualifying, the car was jumping all over the place. The back end was poor. We improved from yesterday but obviously not enough."
ALEX TAGLIANI -33- Player's Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 18th (58.644) - "It's very frustrating to be sitting in 18th place, but it's really tough to improve our time if we can't get the proper grip. I'm pushing as hard as I can but I can't make it go faster during qualifying. Fortunately, the car handles better with a heavy load of fuel so I'm hopeful for the race. As we all saw last week, anything can happen during the race, especially at the start."
PATRICK CARPENTIER -32- Player's Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 19th (58.717) - "The team kept on improving the setups on the car and we were lowering our times as the weekend goes on, but so are the other teams. We were nowhere on Friday and today we were playing catch up. We are still lacking the mechanical grip in the corners. The Ford-Cosworth engine is 10 mpg faster on the straights but I'm one second slower than last year."