CHAMPCAR/CART: Ford Racing Detroit race notes

CARPENTIER RECORDS SEASON-BEST FINISH - Player's Forsythe driver Patrick Carpentier finished eighth on Belle Isle in the Tenneco Automotive Detroit Grand Prix to record his best finish of the season. Helio Castroneves won from the pole, while...

CARPENTIER RECORDS SEASON-BEST FINISH - Player's Forsythe driver Patrick Carpentier finished eighth on Belle Isle in the Tenneco Automotive Detroit Grand Prix to record his best finish of the season. Helio Castroneves won from the pole, while Dario Franchitti finished second and Roberto Moreno finished third. Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack scored his fifth top-10 result of the season with a ninth-place finish, while teammate Max Papis recorded his third consecutive points paying result by finishing 11th.

BRACK MAINTAINS LEAD IN DRIVERS' CHAMPIONSHIP - With his ninth-place finish, Kenny Brack maintains his lead in the drivers' championship over Helio Castroneves, 74 points to 68. Ford-Cosworth (77 points) continues to trail Honda (108 points) and Toyota (98 points) in the chase for the manufacturers' championship as the series heads to Portland.

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's Forsythe Ford-Cosworth) - Finished 8th -

WHAT HAPPENED ON THE LAST RESTART?

"I knew from the other restart that it was going to be hard for us. We seemed to be struggling to put the power down on the restarts and I knew all the guys were going to go full rich on their fuel. Everybody was running lean before that last restart and went full rich and they seemed to be able to put the power down a little bit better. I stayed lean and we have a button that I was going to use, but it didn't seem like it worked for me. Dario (Franchitti) passed me down the straightaway - I tried to hold him off under braking, but I could not. Then I went into the marbles, and Roberto (Moreno) was right there. I hit wheels with him and didn't want to let him by, but hey, at the speed I was going I was just struggling to keep the car on the racetrack and I got passed by quite a few cars."

CAN YOU TAKE ANYTHING POSITIVE FROM RUNNING AT THE FRONT MOST OF THE DAY?

"It's very hard right now to find anything positive, but we're going to be up front more this year. I want to finish up front and you know if you don't finish up front, it doesn't matter how long you run up front if you're not there on the last lap - that's when it counts. We were as fast as the Penskes today, and I think the team did a fantastic job this weekend to give me a good car."

KENNY BRACK (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth) - Finished 9th -

WAS IT FRUSTRATING WITH THE GAS MILEAGE EARLY?

"Yeah, it was. I don't know what to say about that, really. We'll have to look at everything and see where we're missing, but we didn't expect the others to go that much further to be honest."

DID THE INCIDENT ON FRIDAY WITH THE POPOFF VALVE SPACER DISRUPT YOUR ENTIRE WEEKEND?

"We lost a session and maybe we could've done a little bit better if we had run that session. Maybe we could've qualified a little bit higher because in the race we seemed to be able to hang with everybody and we couldn't make any strides forward, but that's the way it typically goes here. I think I overtook two or three cars during the whole race and that was it, so if you can start fifth then you can get on the podium doing that. But it's very hard to go from 10th to the podium here unless everything really goes your way, and it didn't this time. We pitted early and then we had the yellow come out which slowed us down, we don't make any excuses. We had a difficult day today."

DID YOU GET WHAT YOUR CAR COULD GIVE YOU TODAY?

"I don't think we could've taken any more out of the car. I drove hard all race and we did as best we could, but that was all that."

AND YOU STILL LEAVE HERE WITH THE CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS LEAD.

"Yeah, we'll do that and we still have four wheels on the car, which is important with three races in a row. The team enough to do to prepare these cars, let alone repair damaged parts too, so that's good."

ORIOL SERVIA (#22 Sigma Autosport Ford-Cosworth) - Finished 16th -

"I don't know what happened, but I turned and went straight. The asphalt was breaking apart and I hit some of it and went straight into the wall. We didn't have the best car today, but we had a decent one - good enough for us to finish in the top 10 for sure. It's disappointing and a shame that it happened so close to the end of the race."

MAX PAPIS (#7 Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth) - Finished 11th -

"It was a very hard day. We had to fight all day with traffic and running a fuel consumption race, but we had a fast car. When we could go a little bit richer with our fuel we were really fast, and it's just a shame that we had to start so far back. Today proved our great courage and our great will, and these points are maybe more important than winning the race."

YOU'VE SCORED POINTS IN THREE STRAIGHT RACES. ARE YOU GAINING SOME MOMENTUM?

"It's not about momentum, but it's how we achieved this goal, and I'm very proud of my entire team. They gave me some fantastic pit stops, John (Dick) gave me a car that I could fight with and Mark (Johnson) gave me a good strategy. We were fighting like lions, and that's what counts."

WAS THIS A POSITIVE ENDING TO A DIFFICULT WEEKEND FOR YOU?

"I'm always positive and I always think positive. I would only like to see better results, but my mind is always positive."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's Forsythe Ford-Cosworth) - Finished 21st -

"I came into turn 12 and when I stepped on the brakes, the pedal went to the floor and I went straight into the tires, and that's about it. The car was running okay, was as fast as anybody out there and we managed to pass a couple of other guys. It's a pretty disappointing day to finish the day."

MICHEL JOURDAIN (#16 Herdez Bettenhausen Ford-Cosworth) - Finished 24th -

"Alex (Zanardi) was slowing down so I tried to go inside of him to pass. Obviously he didn't see me and we crashed." OVERALL A PRETTY DISAPPOINTING DAY FOR YOU. "Yes, because I thought the car felt very, very good in the few laps that we did."

-Ford Racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Max Papis , Roberto Moreno , Dario Franchitti , Kenny Brack