On-and-off rain showers throughout the afternoon turned qualifying action today at Road America into a lottery, with only those drivers able to post a quick time at the very end of the session able to jump to the top of the starting field for ...
On-and-off rain showers throughout the afternoon turned qualifying action today at Road America into a lottery, with only those drivers able to post a quick time at the very end of the session able to jump to the top of the starting field for tomorrow's Motorola 220.
Of the Honda-powered teams, Gil de Ferran, Helio Castroneves and Michael Andretti were able to post top ten speeds on their very last lap, but none were able to match the time posted by series points leader Kenny Brack, the next-to-last driver to take the checkered flag in qualifying.
Tony Kanaan, for example, was on a potential pole lap but briefly slid off course and dropped to 17th in the final order. Teammate Alex Zanardi and Shinji Nakano also struggled in the changing conditions. The Team KOOL Green pair of Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti both spun off course and could not improve, while Adrian Fernandez completed only a single warm-up lap before he too slid off into a gravel trap to end his session.
Gil de Ferran (#1 Marlboro Team Penske Honda) Qualified 4th: "It was a tough session this afternoon, it wasn't looking pretty for a while -- I managed to spin twice in my first two laps. But we came in and made some changes and were able to improve it for the final laps. We knew going into qualifying that it would be a 'last lap special'. In these types of conditions you always know you're going to go for it on the last lap. There's a lot more pressure because you know that you can't afford to make a mistake, but that's all part of the job. It's unfortunate it had to rain because the car has been so good all weekend in the dry conditions."