CHAMPCAR/CART: Kenny Brack wants break through at Motegi

HILLIARD, OH . . . Kenny Brack has three CART races under his belt and the early results are promising. In each of the three races Brack's Shell Ford-Cosworth Reynard has run in the top-four, and twice the Shell car has lead the race both times ...

HILLIARD, OH . . . Kenny Brack has three CART races under his belt and the early results are promising. In each of the three races Brack's Shell Ford-Cosworth Reynard has run in the top-four, and twice the Shell car has lead the race both times pulling away from the competition. In addition Brack's qualifying has been stellar putting the car in the second row, twice in the third row and once in the fourth row, including the postponed Nazareth race. In short Brack has made an impact in each of the three races with one exception; he hasn't visited the promised land the winners circle.

In the season opening race, Brack became just the second rookie in CART history to lead in his inaugural race in the series. Later he was sidelined with mechanical problems. At Long Beach Brack ran as high as fourth and was moving through the top-ten when he was involved in contact in turn one ending his day. At Rio de Janeiro Brack led 17 laps and built over a nine-second lead before a stalled engine in the pits relegated him to a tenth place finish.

"I am my own harshest critic," said the Swedish native. "When I make a mistake like I did at Rio I am disgusted with myself. All I can do is refocus myself learn, from my mistakes and not let that happen again. That is the attitude has worked for me and has allowed me to be successful over the years."

"Despite the problem at Rio there is a lot of things to be confident about," said Brack. "For the second time in three races we led and we had a car that was capable of winning. The Shell crew is working hard doing a great job putting together a car that is not only competitive but capable of dominating the races. I feel like we are knocking on the door and that our time is close at hand."

Team Rahal owner Bobby Rahal has been impressed with the performance of his newest driver. "Kenny has stepped in and lived up to our expectations," said the three-time CART Champion. "We thought all along that he would come in and be competitive and fight for wins. He has been a factor in each race and that includes at Long Beach in a style of racing that he hadn't been involved with in over three years. Kenny is already showing he will be a force in this series for a long time to come."

Could Motegi be the breakthrough race for Brack? "I know we will be fast at Motegi," said Brack. "From what I have learned about the Twin Ring Motegi track it is similar to Homestead Speedway, and we [Team Rahal] know we have a competitive set-up for the track at Homestead. The team has given me a good or great car at each stop this season. All we can do is to keep banging on that door and eventually it will open. I hope it opens soon because I am getting a black and blue nose from it getting slammed in my face."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bobby Rahal , Kenny Brack