CHAMPCAR/CART: Ford Racing Nazareth race notes

BRACK SCORES HIS FIRST PODIUM FINISH OF THE SEASON - Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack finished a season-best second in the Lehigh Valley Grand Prix at Nazareth Speedway behind rookie Scott Dixon, who captured his first CART victory. Paul Tracy...

BRACK SCORES HIS FIRST PODIUM FINISH OF THE SEASON - Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack finished a season-best second in the Lehigh Valley Grand Prix at Nazareth Speedway behind rookie Scott Dixon, who captured his first CART victory. Paul Tracy finished third, while rounding out the top five were Jimmy Vasser and Christian Fittipaldi. Despite earning one (1) championship point for leading race-high 126 laps, Brack could not get around Dixon, who assumed the lead on lap 190, in the closing laps of the race. Other top finishers powered by Ford-Cosworth included Oriol Servia (9th) and Michel Jourdain, Jr. (13th). Bryan Herta (21st) retired with a broken clutch, Alex Tagliani (22nd) was involved in an incident with Gil de Ferran, Max Papis (24th) suffered from a broken shift cable and Patrick Carpentier (25th) was forced to retire with an engine failure (electronics).

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

TAKE ME THROUGH THE FINAL LAP. IT LOOKED LIKE THERE WAS ANOTHER CAR THERE THAT WAS A FACTOR.

"It was before the last restart. Actually I thought he was going to let me go, but when I ran up on him after the kink, I think it was Max Wilson, and instead of me going in front I couldn't get around him. Then right at that moment we had a yellow, so that meant at the restart ... that was really the only chance I had to get around Scott (Dixon) because he was very good out of the corners. I was good in and out but I couldn't use my speed into the corners to get around him while he was coming off because he was kind of slow there, so I couldn't really get around him. But we had a good day all in all."

HOW WAS IT YOU FOUND WAYS TO PASS WHEN EVERYBODY SAID ALL WEEKEND THAT YOU COULDN'T PASS HERE?

"Every pass you do here is really a great risk and you can really only pass when people are running lean or they make a mistake. In the end I was probably half a second or a second faster than Scott's average lap time but if you're fast in the right places you can't around (people) here, it's impossible. There's no way to do it. He didn't make a mistake and I was hoping that some traffic would come up to help me take some air from his wings so I could get around him. But he was very tough in the right places and no traffic came up that I was able to take advantage of, so it was just one of those things."

ORIOL SERVIA (#22 Sigma Autosport Ford-Cosworth) - Finished 9th

DID YOU HAVE A BETTER CAR TODAY THAN YOUR RESULT INDICATES?

"Yeah, although I think all the cars were pretty close together and this is a difficult place to pass. It looked like (Kenny) Brack was the only guy able to pass because he was passing everybody. Apart from that, I think we got screwed because our strategy wasn't too bad, it just didn't work in our favor. I passed one car at the start and another one on the restart and that was about it."

IS PASSING TOUGH HERE BECAUSE IT'S SO NARROW OR BECAUSE OF THE AERO PACKAGE?

"Both things. It's narrow but you can't get too close to people because you lose the downforce and you cannot pass anybody."

ARE YOU HAPPY WITH YOUR RESULT?

"Yeah, but when you are that close to the podium or too a win then it doesn't feel as good. But in a way it's good because it's only our 3rd race and it's not that easy."

MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR. (#16 Herdez Bettenhausen Ford-Cosworth) - Finished 13th -

"At the beginning Bryan (Herta) ... I don't know what happened to him, but he was a lap down and he let three other guys past him and once I was behind him he was just blocking me. I tried to go inside of him and he almost ran me down into the grass. I know you have to defend your lap, but once you are a lap down there's no way you should be trying to race everybody."

IT'S NOT THE FINISH YOU HOPED FOR AFTER SUCH A STRONG WEEKEND OTHERWISE.

"This is not enough. We're here to race and to win, and we have a car competitive enough to win."

MAX PAPIS (#7 Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth) - Finished 24th

"The cable from the gear lever to the gearbox broke. I was passing Michael (Andretti) on the first lap on the outside and the gear lever just stayed in my hand. This is very bad and I'm very disappointed. I was stuck in 6th gear on the first lap and we were doing a very good job, but we knew that when we came into the pits that we would be done."

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Forsythe Ford-Cosworth) - Finished 25th

- "We had so many problems this weekend and it's a shame. I thought I had a decent car at the start of the race but then I fully lost power and couldn't use 6th gear. We thought it was the popoff valve at first, but then engine gave out (electronics) and we had to come in. It's unfortunate because the Ford engine is really powerful and the car was great, but when you have a weekend like this there's nothing you can do but go home and get ready for the next one."

-Ford Racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Jimmy Vasser , Max Papis , Patrick Carpentier , Christian Fittipaldi , Paul Tracy , Scott Dixon , Max Wilson , Oriol Servia , Bryan Herta