CHAMPCAR/CART: Houston Sunday Warmup

De Ferran Fastest In Morning Practice Gil de Ferran set the pace during Sunday morning's FedEx Championship Series practice session for the Texaco Grand Prix of Houston through the streets of the Texas city. De Ferran turned a 1:02.212, 88.362...

De Ferran Fastest In Morning Practice

Gil de Ferran set the pace during Sunday morning's FedEx Championship Series practice session for the Texaco Grand Prix of Houston through the streets of the Texas city.

De Ferran turned a 1:02.212, 88.362 mph lap during the half-hour of practice during sunny and very hot and humid conditions in his Valvoline Cummins Special Honda. Another Brazilian, Christian Fittipaldi, was second at 1:02.219, 82.352 mph in his Kmart Swift Ford.

Third was Alex Zanardi, who clinched the PPG Cup two races ago at Vancouver, was third fastest at 1:02.277, 88.270 mph in the Target Reynard Honda while Dario Franchitti was fourth at 1:02.473, 87.993 mph in the KOOL Ryenard Honda. The Toyota-powered Castrol-Degree Eagle of Alex Barron rounded out the top five at 1:02.486, 87.976 mph.

The next five were Andre Ribeiro, Scott Pruett, Bryan Herta, polesitter Greg Moore and Helio Castro-Neves.

Joining Moore on the front row for the inaugural Houston event is Franchitti while Jimmy Vasser starts third. Paul Tracy starts fourth and Fittipaldi fifth. The weather forecast for this afternoon lists a chance of thunderstorms with a high temperature in the low 90s.

Today's 100-lap, 152.7-mile race on the 10-turn circuit begins at 4 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) and will be broadcast live on ABC Television in the United States as well as to more than 190 countries worldwide. The race also will be broadcast on the CART Radio Network.

Source: CART Online

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Jimmy Vasser , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Alex Zanardi , Bryan Herta , Scott Pruett , Alex Barron , Andre Ribeiro , Greg Moore