CHAMPCAR/CART: Laguna Seca: Team Player's Saturday report

UPDATE: Team Player's Patrick Carpentier will start from the pole for Sunday's Grand Prix of Monterey. Monterey, California, June 14th, 2003-Following post-qualifying technical inspection, polesitter Michel Jourdain's car was excluded from ...

UPDATE: Team Player's Patrick Carpentier will start from the pole for Sunday's Grand Prix of Monterey.

Monterey, California, June 14th, 2003-Following post-qualifying technical inspection, polesitter Michel Jourdain's car was excluded from Saturday's qualifying results giving Patrick Carpentier his first pole of the season. Team Player's Carpentier was excited about starting from the pole for Sunday's Grand Prix of Monterey because 13 of the 20 winners on this track have started from the pole.

Carpentier will share the front row with Brazilian Bruno Junqueira while Paul Tracy, Carpentier's teammate, will start on the inside of row two alongside Frenchman Sébastien Bourdais.

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Team Player's commandeers second row of starting grid For Grand Prix of Monterey.

Monterey, California, June 14th, 2003--Team Player's drivers Patrick Carpentier and Paul Tracy will start side-by-side on the second row for the Grand Prix of Monterey, after qualifying third and fourth respectively on the 2.238-mile Laguna Seca road course, the host of the seventh stop on the Champ Car World Series

Mexican driver Michel Jourdain Jr, who currently leads the series, took the pole with a quick lap time of one minute, 9.530 seconds (115.875 miles/hour or 186.483 kilometres/hour) Bruno Junquiera fills out the front row after Friday's provisional pole assured him of a front row start.

Team Player's was barely off the winning pace. A scant 0.045 seconds separated Patrick Carpentier's fast lap time of one minute, 9.575 seconds (115.800 miles/hour or 186.362 kilometres per hour) from Jourdain's time. Paul Tracy's hot lap clocked in at one minute, 9.671 seconds (115.641 miles/hour or 186.105 kilometres/hour), 0.141 seconds behind Jourdain.

"It's a good spot to start the race," said Carpentier. "All I needed was four hundredths to get the pole but I went just a little bit off in corner 10 and it cost me. We saw Michel (Jourdain) do his first quick lap early in the session (on lap 5) and Team Player's decided it was time to go, but so did everyone else who was watching him."

"We are not even two tenths off and in fourth place," said Tracy, who is looking for his third victory at Laguna Seca. "It was a difficult session and the car was inconsistent. I would go into the fourth corner and the car would understeer. The next time through the same spot it would then oversteer. I did my best out there today. Team Player's can improve the car for the race. Tire wear is crucial. The key will be to make a good start. I'll have to try overtake at the start, but I'll also have to be smart because it's a long race and I need to score points."

"We had a good car today but it did understeer a bit, so we'll have to improve it," Carpentier noted, looking ahead to the race. "We will work on making it better for the race. It's going to be a long race and we must stay focussed and aggressive the whole time."

Racing fans can follow Team Player's progress at the Grand Prix of Monterey throughout the weekend by logging on to the team's website at www.teamplayers.ca. They can also watch the race on tape delay on the The Sports Network at 8:00 p.m. ET

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