CHAMPCAR/CART: Gold Coast Ford qualifying notes

Michael Andretti will start tomorrow's Indy 300 from sixth position. With Saturday's qualifying session plagued by windy conditions with debris blowing across the track, Andretti was unable to improve his provisional qualifying speed of ...

Michael Andretti will start tomorrow's Indy 300 from sixth position. With Saturday's qualifying session plagued by windy conditions with debris blowing across the track, Andretti was unable to improve his provisional qualifying speed of 108.051 miles per hour (1:33.123) set on Friday. Juan Montoya claimed his seventh pole position of the season after winning a dual with Gil de Ferran during the closing moments of qualifying. Montoya lapped the 2.795-mile temporary street course in an average speed of 109.701 miles per hour (1:31.722), topping de Ferran's effort of 109.576 miles per hour (1:31.827), which he set just moments earlier. Defending pole sitter and race champion Dario Franchitti qualified third with a speed of 109.299 miles per hour (1:32.059) while teammate Paul Tracy, who trails de Ferran by 19 points in the chase for the driver's championship, will start fourth (108.981 mph; 1:32.328). Other top qualifiers powered by Ford-Cosworth include Christian Fittipaldi (9th), Patrick Carpentier (11th), Kenny Brack (12th) and Alex Tagliani (13th).

Christian Fittipaldi continued his trend of strong efforts on temporary street courses after qualifying ninth for tomorrow's Indy 300. Fittipaldi has qualified ninth or better in four of the seven events on street circuits this season, including a season-best sixth in Toronto and Vancouver, seventh in Houston two weeks ago and eighth in Detroit. In addition to qualifying well, Fittipaldi has posted strong results in the last two races on city streets, finishing fourth in Vancouver and sixth in Houston.

Patrick Carpentier's 11th-place qualifying effort marks his second-best start of the season on a temporary street course, surpassed only in Detroit where he qualified ninth ... four drivers surpassed the track qualifying record of 1:32.703 set last season by Dario Franchitti. Gil de Ferran initially broke the record yesterday during provisional qualifying before being joined today by pole sitter Juan Montoya, Franchitti and Paul Tracy ... none of the 25 qualifiers for tomorrow's race surpassed Franchitti's qualifying speed of 109.724 miles per hour set during last year's Australian event ...

Ford Qualifiers:
MICHAEL ANDRETTI (#6 Big Kmart/Texaco-Havoline Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 6th
CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI (#11 Big Kmart/Route 66 Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 9th
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 11th
KENNY BRACK (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 12th
ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 13th
MAX PAPIS (#7 Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 15th
ADRIAN FERNANDEZ (#40 Tecate/Quaker State Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 17th
ROBERTO MORENO (#20 Visteon Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 20th

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