BRACK WILL MAKE HIS SECOND START FROM THE POLE THIS SEASON - Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack was awarded the pole for Sunday's Miller Lite 225 after Saturday's qualifying session was cancelled due to inclement weather. Tomorrow's starting grid was...
BRACK WILL MAKE HIS SECOND START FROM THE POLE THIS SEASON -
Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack was awarded the pole for Sunday's Miller Lite 225 after Saturday's qualifying session was cancelled due to inclement weather. Tomorrow's starting grid was set based upon the current championship points standings, which Brack currently leads with 49 points. Helio Castroneves, who trails Brack by two points, will start 2nd, followed by Cristiano da Matta, Paul Tracy and Jimmy Vasser. Starting positions for other drivers powered by Ford-Cosworth include Brack's teammate, Max Papis, who will start 13th, Oriol Servia (18th), Bryan Herta (20th), Michel Jourdain, Jr. (21st), Max Wilson (25th), Alex Tagliani (26th) and Patrick Carpentier (27th). Brack's pole position is his 3rd of the season, and the 59th for Ford-Cosworth since 1992.
BRACK HAS HISTORY ON HIS SIDE -
In both previous instances where the pole position was awarded based on championship points, that driver went on to win the subsequent race. Bobby Rahal won from the pole at New Hampshire in 1992 after qualifying was cancelled due to weather, while Nigel Mansell went on to win from the pole at Nazareth after qualifying was rained out.
KENNY BRACK (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth) - will start 1st -
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT STARTING FROM THE POLE BECAUSE YOU'RE CURRENTLY LEADING THE POINTS?
"If that's the way it turns out that's great for us, but it's not a good way to do the starting lineup because we still need to do some more running to get the chassis and everything balanced out. We think we'll have a good car, but we need a little assurance that we're at where we need to be."
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR EVERYONE? TIRES AREN'T SCRUBBED IN, NO ONE KNOWS FOR SURE WHAT THE FUEL MILEAGE WILL BE, AND IT SEEMS LIKE A ROLE OF OTHE DICE FOR 225 LAPS.
"It's going to be very interesting because as you say, we don't really know the fuel mileage and we'll have to scrub tires, or we could go the other way and not scrub them. I don't know. We'll have to sit down tonight and see what we need to be doing for tomorrow's warmup."
WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN THIS RACE WITH SO MANY UNKNOWNS?
"Normally you're in your starting position and you know what you have. The car is good and then you're up front, or if the car is not so good then you're not up front. Now we could be up front and the car may not be good and some others may be in the back with a car that is good, so it will make for an interesting race. It's not ideal for the teams and the drivers, but we have to do what we have to do. We're here to race and no one can control the weather, so we've just got to do the best we can with what we're given."
MAX PAPIS (#7 Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth) - will start 13th -
WITH SUCH A LIMITED AMOUNT OF TRACK TIME THIS WEEKEND, HOW DO YOU APPROACH THE RACE TOMORROW?
"Well we don't know. Tomorrow you can do good or you can do not so good, so it's going to be very strange and very difficult. We're going to have to improvise a set up and things like this, and it's going to be up to the engineers to do the job."
WHAT KIND OF THINGS WILL YOU FOCUS ON FOR THE WARM UP TOMORROW?
"Tomorrow morning's 30-minute warm up will make no difference. It won't matter whether or not you run the warm up because you're not going to be able to discover what the car can or can't do in 30 minutes. Instead the warm up will be more of a check for the race, making sure that everything is together and there's nothing wrong with the engine and the gearbox, so that's what we'll do tomorrow."