BRACK FASTEST IN MORNING PRACTICE SESSION - Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack posted the fastest time during the morning practice session (58.606 seconds; 120.950 mph), and the sixth-fastest session of the day during practice for the Freightliner/G.I.
BRACK FASTEST IN MORNING PRACTICE SESSION - Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack posted the fastest time during the morning practice session (58.606 seconds; 120.950 mph), and the sixth-fastest session of the day during practice for the Freightliner/G.I. Joe's 200 at Portland International Speedway. Helio Castroneves posted the quickest lap of the day during the afternoon (58.313 seconds; 121.547 mph), followed by Christian Fittipaldi (58.532 seconds; 121.103 mph) and Mauricio Gugelmin (58.543 seconds; 121.080 mph).
Kenny Brack will be looking for his third pole position and seventh top 10 start this season during qualifying tomorrow ... Bryan Herta is the last Ford-powered driver to start at Portland from the pole (1998).
KENNY BRACK (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth) - 6th-fastest during practice
"We were pretty fast today and were the fastest in the first session, so we'll see what happens tomorrow." HOW COMFORTABLE ARE YOU RUNNING ON THIS TRACK? "I feel very comfortable on this track, but it's just a matter of getting the set up right in the car. The track is fine, and it's a good track."
MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR. (#16 Herdez Bettenhausen Ford-Cosworth) - 7th-fastest during practice
"We tried some things, but are still fighting a very weak push. It's getting better and better, but this morning we had some problems and we didn't get any good laps in. The grid is very competitive and very close, so we'll just have to improve more for tomorrow because everybody else will for sure."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's/ Forsythe Ford-Cosworth) - 9th-fastest during practice
"We had a pretty good day. The engine ran fine and we're making good power and the car was pretty quick this morning. The track was especially slick and slippery at the end of the day and we improved our time. On my fastest lap Mauricio (Gugelmin) bumped me a little bit, but we're happy. The biggest thing that I'm pleased with is the team worked very hard to build two cars for us to have here. The car ran great all day and I just have to take my hat off to my guys who worked really late. My weekend ended Sunday night in Detroit, but for them it never ended and they are still working this weekend."
HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO QUALIFY UP FRONT HERE WITH JUST ONE REALLY GOOD PASSING AREA?
"It's going to be tough for me and I don't want to think about qualifying. I have an eight-minute penalty to serve and the track is improving a lot, so when we lay rubber down for the second group they'll have a greater advantage. It's going to be difficult, but if we can do a good job on strategy and if the car is as fast as it's been, we'll be alright."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/ Forsythe Ford-Cosworth) - 14th-fastest during practice -
YOU CUT ALMOST A MINUTE OFF YOUR LAP TIMES SINCE THIS MORNING'S SESSION. WHERE DID YOU FIND THE SPEED?
"This morning the car was pushing an awful lot. I had a really difficult time turning the car, so there was no point in even trying to put a lap in because the car wasn't even close. We knew we could make some changes for this afternoon and I think we ran well. We didn't put any new tires on at the end of the session like everybody else did, and I'm happy. Usually we're not fast on Friday's in Portland, so we're just doing our usual thing. Hopefully by qualifying tomorrow we'll put a hot lap in and it'll be good."
LOOKING BACK AT THE RACE IN DETROIT, DO YOU FEEL CONFIDENT THAT YOU CAN RUN AT THE FRONT?
"For sure. Detroit was the first time in many years that we had been that strong on a street course, and the guys were really happy. It just shows that the changes they've made to the team have been an improvement, and it should be good."
MAX WILSON (#25 Redback Network Ford-Cosworth) - 21st-fastest during practice -
YOU WERE FOURTH FASTEST THIS MORNING AND LOST NEARLY A HALF-SECOND THIS AFTERNOON. WHAT HAPPENED?
"We tried some different things this afternoon and it proved that the front of the car is very good but we're having some problems with the rear, so the car is very loose now. Now we need to work on improving the rear for tomorrow."
HAVE YOU GOT SOME MORE SPEED FOR TOMORROW?
"I hope so. The car is not as good as we'd like it to be, but hopefully we can make some changes so that tomorrow we'll be faster."