CHAMPCAR/CART: Ford Racing Nazareth qualifying

BRACK WILL START SECOND AT NAZARETH Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack qualified on the front row for the fourth consecutive race on Saturday at Nazareth Speedway. Brack's qualifying lap of 19.738 seconds (172.540 mph) was just three one-hundredths...

BRACK WILL START SECOND AT NAZARETH

Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack qualified on the front row for the fourth consecutive race on Saturday at Nazareth Speedway. Brack's qualifying lap of 19.738 seconds (172.540 mph) was just three one-hundredths of a second slower than rookie Bruno Junqueira's pole-winning lap of 19.700 seconds (172.873 mph). Michel Jourdain, Jr., will make his best career start after qualifying third with a lap of 19.950 seconds (170.707 mph), as will Sigma Autosport's Oriol Servia, who qualified fourth after lapping the 0.946-mile tri-oval in 19.996 seconds (170.314 mph). Helio Castroneves will start fifth following a qualifying lap of 20.007 seconds (170.220 mph).

FORD-COSWORTH QUALIFYING WELL

The Ford-Cosworth XF engine has now powered a front row starter in each of the last five CART events dating back to last season's finale at the California Speedway. Michael Andretti started second in the last race of the 2000 season at Fontana, while Kenny Brack has posted four straight front row qualifying efforts this season (pole at Mexico and Texas; 2nd at Long Beach and Nazareth). The XF engine has also been particularly impressive during qualifying on the last two ovals at the Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) and Nazareth. After Kenny Brack (1st), Patrick Carpentier (2nd), Oriol Servia (3rd) and Bryan Herta (4th) swept the top four qualifying spots at TMS last weekend, \Ford-Cosworth was the power for three of today's top four qualifiers in Kenny Brack (2nd), Michel Jourdain, Jr. (3rd) and Oriol Servia (4th).

KENNY BRACK (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 2nd -

YOU HAD TO WAIT ABOUT 15 MINUTES AND THE SUN HAS COME OUT. WAS THAT A FACTOR IN SLOWING THINGS DOWN?

"It's hard to say. On these one-mile oval tracks any little thing in the weather can change the car, so you just have it dialed in so neutral that any little thing can change it, although it might not, so you never really know."

DID SOMETHING HAPPEN ON YOUR SECOND LAP BECAUSE IT LOOKED LIKE YOU SLOWED DOWN.

"Yeah, I got a little wide off Turn Two so I couldn't really attack as much as I wanted to." HOW IMPORTANT WAS IT TO QUALIFY WELL HERE? "It's extremely tough to pass here so qualifying up front is a great bonus. Team Rahal did a fantastic job today, so we'll just see what happens tomorrow."

MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR. (#16 Herdez Bettenhausen Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 3rd

"The car is very good and the team has been doing an amazing job this entire season. We had so many problems last year and I think everybody is really focused on finishing well in the championship this season. We've been fast at the races this year and we've continued to get better and better, and I think we'll be strong contenders all year long."

YOU HAVE TO BE VERY PLEASED WITH YOUR QUALIFYING RUN.

"I'm very happy and the car is very good. Oriol (Servia) was really fast this morning so just beating him means a lot, so I think we're in good shape. We made some changes for qualifying that I think worked out very well. I got really loose coming out of Turn Four, but that's part of the deal. The entire team really deserves this result and hopefully we'll race well tomorrow."

COMPARE AND CONTRAST THIS YEAR TO LAST.

"It's unbelievable. It feels like it went by five years ago, but there really haven't been that many changes. To get Ford power was very, very good, and we got some new people that have really brought a lot of experience to the team. All of our sponsors have really stepped up, and everybody's been supporting us."

ORIOL SERVIA (#22 Sigma Autosport Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 4th -

"I'm happy because I think I did a pretty good lap and the car ran very well. On the first lap I did an 'okay' lap with no mistakes, but on the second lap I just pushed a little more and found a little understeer and that's where I think I lost a little bit of time. I think the car has been great, the team is doing a good job and we'll see."

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR TOMORROW?

"We just have to have a nice, consistent race to the end. We've been showing that we have the speed and we've been showing lots of potential, but we need a result. It's only the third race of the season, although it feels like the season's half over and I don't want to get too excited, but I think it's normal. It's the first year of the team and the third race ever for this team, so we have to go step by step and hope for a finish in the points."

BRYAN HERTA (#77 Zakspeed/Forsythe Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 7th

"I felt all weekend like we had a good racecar, probably a better racecar than a qualifying car, but at Nazareth you want to qualify well because it's difficult to pass here. But I feel pretty good about the run and Lee Dykstra, my engineer, made a couple of changes going into qualifying that seemed to work."

HAS THE TRACK CHANGED A LOT SINCE THIS MORNING?

"Not really. For me it seems like it's a little better than it was this morning, but I think it depends on your set up. I've been fighting a little bit of an understeer this weekend, so the track might have come to me and gone away from some others."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's/Forsythe Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 20th

WITH ALL THE CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS, HOW DID YOU GUESS ON YOUR SETUP?

"The conditions were very different this morning and maybe that's why we didn't put enough attention to our tire pressures because the track was warming up. This afternoon when it was cooler it took me a little longer than I expected to bring the tires up to temperature and it was perhaps one lap too late for a good time."

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Forsythe Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 22nd

"I just had a huge push and there was nothing that I could do. We had a problem this morning and we didn't run, so we stopped to get the backup car out but then it started raining and that's all we could do."

-Ford Racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Michael Andretti , Oriol Servia , Bryan Herta , Kenny Brack , Michel Jourdain
Teams Team Zakspeed