CHAMPCAR/CART: Lexington: Bridgestone Saturday qualifying report

Carpentier retains pole position at Mid-Ohio. Patrick Carpentier took the pole at the CART Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio in his Player's Ltd./Indeck Ford/Reynard today with a speed of 122.925 mph. During a session that started out as a waiting game, ...

Carpentier retains pole position at Mid-Ohio.

Patrick Carpentier took the pole at the CART Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio in his Player's Ltd./Indeck Ford/Reynard today with a speed of 122.925 mph. During a session that started out as a waiting game, Carpentier rode his Bridgestone Potenza racing tires to the head of the pack, keeping him in the top position for the start of tomorrow's 92-lap race.

After taking the provisional pole in the first qualifying session Friday, many speculated that Carpentier would concentrate on race set-up and save his tires, knowing he was assured of a front-row start for the race. However, Carpentier said the team decided to "go for it."

"I'm really happy with my Bridgestone Potenza tires," Carpentier said. "The tires were extremely consistent today and I've been really happy with my tires all year. These tires seem the same as the ones we had in Cleveland (where he took his first win of the 2002 CART FedEx season). They held for the entire run and really kept their balance toward the end."

Joe Barbieri, Bridgestone Motorsport Project Supervisor: "It was great to see Patrick and the Player's team hold on to the pole today. We are proud of the fact that Patrick had the confidence in his Bridgestone tires to go for the pole, rather than deciding to save them for race day. The tire performance has been excellent again this weekend and we expect another exciting Mid-Ohio race tomorrow."

Qualifying session temperatures ranged from 125 to 130 degrees track and from 90 to 92 degrees ambient (F); Qualifying session temperatures ranged from 51 to 55 degrees track and from 32 to 33 degrees ambient (C).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Patrick Carpentier
Teams ART Grand Prix