CHAMPCAR/CART: Ford Racing Road America Friday notes

KENNY BRACK 10TH-QUICKEST THIS AFTERNOON DURING PRACTICE AT ROAD AMERICA BRACK LOOSES TELEMETRY BUT PERSEVERES - Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack lost his telemetry during this afternoon's CART practice at Road America, but still posted the ...


BRACK LOOSES TELEMETRY BUT PERSEVERES - Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack lost his telemetry during this afternoon's CART practice at Road America, but still posted the 10th-quickest lap [1 minute; 41.889 seconds) of the afternoon on the four-mile permanent road course. Oriol Servia was the next fastest Ford-powered driver this afternoon [12th], followed by Bryan Herta [14th], Patrick Carpentier [17th], Michel Jourdain, Jr. [20th], Alex Tagliani [22nd] and Max Papis [23rd].

BRACK FORMALLY ANNOUNCES MOVE TO TARGET CHIP GANASSI RACING FOR 2002 - Team Rahal driver and current championship points leader Kenny Brack formally announced today at a press conference that he has signed with Target Chip Ganassi Racing beginning with the 2002 season.

KASEY KAHNE 10TH DURING FIRST ATLANTIC QUALIFYING SESSION - Ford Racing developmental driver Kasey Kahne set the 10th-fastest time during provisional qualifying for Sunday's Toyota Atlantic race at Road America. The 11th-fastest driver in the morning practice, Kahne, who is making his Atlantic debut this weekend, lapped the four-mile permanent road course in 2 minutes, 4.725 seconds.

KENNY BRACK (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth) - 10th-fastest during the afternoon session - "We had a pretty good day, and we're off to a much better start than we had last week. We're still a little bit off the pace of the leaders, but we're not too far off and that's good. We didn't do a run at the end of the session on fresh tires like I'm sure most people did and we slipped a little in the standings. We lost all telemetry today and were doing things like they did 30 years ago, but it seemed to work okay for us."

ORIOL SERVIA (#22 Sigma Autosport Ford-Cosworth) - 12th-fastest during the afternoon practice - "I think we had a good day. It wasn't fantastic, but we're making some progress because the car was better. Usually on Friday we're struggling, but we were 12th here today and we didn't even run the last five minutes of the session. I'm happy with the car, but it's just difficult to find that little extra to put us in the top five. But at least we're 12th and not 26th like we were last weekend. We just have to keep working in that direction and I think for tomorrow we could be pretty good." DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING LAST WEEK THAT HAS HELPED YOU THIS WEEK? "Yeah, actually the two track [Mid-Ohio and Road America] are quite different but we learned something that gave us a good direction for here, so I'm happy."

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's Forsythe Ford-Cosworth) - 17th-fastest during Friday practice - "Not a bad day, but not a good one either. We're not very happy because the car is not doing what we want it to do. It's not going as fast as we'd like it to be in the middle of the corners for some reason and we're locked in at one speed and it doesn't seem to be very fast. We're trying to find ways to improve ways to improve that cornering speed and hopefully we'll find it for tomorrow. We'll see if [teammate] Alex [Tagliani] has something." I JUST SPOKE WITH ALEX AND HE SAID HE'S STRUGGLING AND HAVING A HARD TIME FINDING GRIP. "Is he? Oh boy." DO YOU HAVE ENOUGH GRIP? "Yeah, but we're stuck at the same speed. No matter what we try when we go back to change some things the speed in the middle of the corner is always too slow for us. I don't know. We'll go back in the trailer and try to find something for tomorrow."

ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's Forsythe Ford-Cosworth) - 22nd-fastest during Friday practice - "We didn't have a good day. Our car is not running very good right now and we have no grip. We have some differences in the car from last year but we thought we could go better and it's not going very good." WHAT ARE YOU STRUGGLING WITH? "We just have no grip. There's something wrong and I feel that the car is not giving me the car that I like to have. We thought we were going in the right direction but this track is fairly different from Mid-Ohio and it requires some different dampers and things on the car. I would really like to go back to some stuff that I had last year and hopefully we'll have it for tomorrow."

MAX PAPIS (#7 Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth) - 23rd-fastest during the afternoon session - "It was a difficult day. This morning we lost the motor on the primary car and we had to go to the backup car. We ran all morning with the backup car and then switched back to the primary car for the afternoon. We ran a few laps and when I went out on used tires and I ran wide on the last turn and went into the tire barrier. We had to stop and clean the car and then we went out again, but then we had a problem with the rear suspension that stopped us for the session with that car. So we went back to the second car and we didn't have a lot of time to work on it, which made it very difficult."

-Ford Racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Max Papis , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Oriol Servia , Kenny Brack , Kasey Kahne , Chip Ganassi , Michel Jourdain
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing