Motorola 200 (Elkhart Lake, WI) Sunday, August 19, 2001 Alex Tagliani, Patrick Carpentier And Oriol Servia Score Top 10 Finishes At Road America Brack Falls To Second Driver Standings After Finishing Out Of The Points - Player's/Indeck drivers...
Motorola 200 (Elkhart Lake, WI)
Sunday, August 19, 2001
Alex Tagliani, Patrick Carpentier And Oriol Servia Score Top 10 Finishes At Road America
Brack Falls To Second Driver Standings After Finishing Out Of The Points - Player's/Indeck drivers Alex Tagliani and Patrick Carpentier finished eighth and ninth, respectively, while Sigma Autosport driver Oriol Servia finished 10th in today's Motorola 220 at Road America. Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack finished the day in 14th place, relinquishing his lead in the drivers' championship for the first time since taking the points lead on May 19th following his victory at Motegi. It was a strange race that saw the red flag being thrown on lap 14 to clean excessive water from the morning's showers off the track on the back straight following an incident involving Bryan Herta, Max Wilson and Paul Tracy.
NOTEWORTHY - With his eighth-place result, Player's/Indeck driver Alex Tagliani has scored championship points in seven consecutive races and in eight of the last nine ... Tagliani's teammate, Patrick Carpentier, has also scored championship points in each of his last four starts.
ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's Forsythe Ford-Cosworth) - Started 2nd/Finished 8th
THIS WAS A VERY STRANGE RACE. HOW DID YOU SEE IT FROM YOUR POINT OF VIEW?
"Strange race? I would say it's one of the most stupid things I have ever seen in racing. The track was dry when we went out. There were some dry spots and then people were crashing at that spot and they decide to stop the race, clean the track and stuff like that. You know it's difficult because certain teams like us had strategy to go with a soft set up, start with rains, put on slicks early when it was going to dry and we had an advantage with the soft set up on slicks. But they stopped the race on the middle, we lost position on my first pit stop because of that, and then they clean everything up and restart the race. I've never seen that in my life."
NONETHELESS, YOU FINISHED IN THE POINTS AND YOU LEAVE HERE WITH SOMETHING.
"Yeah. On the first couple of laps I was really quick and all over Kenny [Brack]. The track conditions were perfect for our strategy because we started with a soft set up, put slicks on early, and with this track that's really slippery, you can be really quick on slicks and that's where you get your advantage. But we didn't manage to have it go our way because they stopped the race."
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/ Forsythe Ford-Cosworth) - Started 12th/Finished 9th
"It was a weird race. I didn't know where I was at the end. It's too bad that [Gil] de Ferran was a 'gentleman' and brought me very nicely onto the grass outside the track. I guess he didn't like what I did to him in corner one, so it was a bit of a payback for him. I don't like that very much, especially since I was side by side with him. If I would've stayed there we would've touched wheels and I would've hit the wall. I almost hit the wall anyway and that's where we lost a lot of positions. Our car was very fast today. Little mistakes are sometimes not very good, but we had a good car and it was a screwed up race. Nobody knew where we were going to end up. But the team did a good job."
WAS IT A BAD DECISION TO START THE RACE WITH WATER ON THE TRACK?
"It was good for me because I ended up in second place, but to be really, really honest, I don't think it was fair for the guys up at the front. They should've called the red and put us back in the positions we were before everybody made their pit stops because they knew when we were under the yellow flag before that. But I guess that's racing. Sometimes that works for you and sometimes it doesn't."
ORIOL SERVIA (#22 Sigma Autosport Ford-Cosworth) - Started 18th/Finished 10th
"It was a fun race because I passed people and we were going forward. It wasn't too bad, but the only thing is that we finished 10th and I think we could've done a lot, lot better. I think the red flag was a very good decision, but I don't understand how you can touch the cars. Maybe people pitted just before the red and they lost their places and now everybody can refuel. It makes no sense. I don't understand that. But apart from that, I think we ran a pretty good race."
SO YOU DON'T AGREE WITH CART ALLOWING THE TEAMS TO WORK ON THEIR CARS?
"No, no! They should've been parked and not touched. Or you do one of two things. If you decide to completely restart the race, then you start everybody in their qualifying positions. You say, 'nothing counted; let's start again.' Or, if not, don't touch the cars. But this mixed thing is really unfair. Everybody was working all weekend to achieve something, not to gamble."
WAS THERE TOO MUCH WATER ON THE TRACK ON THE BACK STRAIGHT?
"Oh, definitely! I think they should have put out the red flag even earlier or not started the race because it was impossible."
KENNY BRACK (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth) - Started 1st/Finished 14th
"It was just bad today. We got screwed on the first red. We had put on dry tires and three cars ahead of us had wet tires and then CART decided to throw the red and have the grace to let them put on dry tires. So when we started instead of being first we were fourth. That was just the first thing. We didn't have a very good balance today. We did what we could but it didn't get us any points."
MAX PAPIS (#7 Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth) - Started 22nd/Finished 16th
"My thoughts are with Memo [Gidley]. That was a tremendous crash. The start was really awful with the puddle in the back and people crashing all over the place and I felt it was a terrible show happening in front of me. I'm really proud of the Miller Team. I got the car up to sixth place and pushed hard, but something happened with our pit strategy and it went awry. I felt we could've been in the top six, but the important thing is that Memo alright."
BRYAN HERTA (#77 Forsythe/Indeck Ford-Cosworth) - Started 16th/Finished 24th
WHAT HAPPENED BACK THERE?
"There was a river running across the track back there, and in my opinion, and I called on the radio before the start of the race that it wasn't safe because they needed to take care of the running water through there. The whole track was fine except for that one spot, but we went in there and I was totally blind because of the spray. I saw Tony Kanaan lift in front of me just before I got there so I lifted. Max [Wilson] must not have seen that through the spray and he just got into the back of me, so it was probably unavoidable for him too. This incident shouldn't have happened at all in my opinion. The water that was flowing across the track was too much and we were aquaplaning through there at 50 miles per hour. But luckily everybody's alright."
ARE YOU OKAY?
"Yeah, but I'm just pissed off."
MAX WILSON (#25 Arciero-Blair Ford-Cosworth) - Started 19th/Finished 25th
"I didn't see what happened, actually. All I know is I ended up on top of Bryan [Herta]. It seems like he braked suddenly and I didn't seem and that was it."
DO YOU THINK CART SHOULD'VE STARTED THE RACE?
"You know, that's hard because the rest of the track was pretty much dry. But that part still had a lot of water and mud and dirt on it so I couldn't see too much and I don't think anybody else saw too much either. Perhaps they should've waited a little bit longer even if it meant doing more laps under yellow."