CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach Ford-Cosworth Qualifying Notes

FORD-COSWORTH POWERS FIVE OF TOP-TEN IN FIRST ROUND QUALIFYING BRYAN HERTA -8- Shell Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 3rd - "I love this place. We are struggling a bit with grip right now though. We made a change at the end of the second set of...

FORD-COSWORTH POWERS FIVE OF TOP-TEN IN FIRST ROUND QUALIFYING

BRYAN HERTA -8- Shell Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 3rd - "I love this place. We are struggling a bit with grip right now though. We made a change at the end of the second set of tires and that helped a bit. We have a few things to do tomorrow to make it a bit better. I know we can be better tomorrow. The track has a much different feel going into turn one as you set up for the left hand turn rather than a right hand corner. It's like driving into a tight tunnel at the Aquarium. There is only room for one car in that area. I know that if there is one track on the circuit that I can win at it's this one."

WILL TURN ONE BE THE KEY TO THE RACE? "Maybe, but I think really I am loosing most of my time to the other guys in the last couple of corners which are the same ones we have been racing on over the last couple of years. I think there are some areas that we can change the setup and make the car better in certain areas for tomorrow."

MAX PAPIS -7- Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 5th - "This is my first qualifying effort with Team Rahal on a road course and I am happy with our result so far. We have things to learn but I feel that we are working well together right now. There are still some things we can do with the chassis for tomorrow. But again, I am very, very pleased for today."

ADRIAN FERNANDEZ -40- Tecate/Quaker State Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 9th - "We are still catching up with the car. We haven't tested the Swift for about a month and a half so we are trying lots of things. We still have a lot of things to learn and a lot of things to try. I am confident that we can pull it together and move up on the grid tomorrow."

P.J. JONES -20- Visteon Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 14th - "We did not have a good qualifying run today. I thought we should have been in the top-ten but I missed on a couple of laps during the session and couldn't get into a rhythm and get a solid run. We are not that far off . . . just a few tenths."

MICHAEL ANDRETTI -6- K Mart/Texaco/Havoline Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 9th - "I like the changes to the track. We struggled a bit in qualifying because we went the wrong way with the setup. We have our work cut out fro us during the final qualifying session tomorrow."

CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI -11- Big K Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 8th - "We have not been able to get the car working with the tires. It's just an issue of getting the car setup better. Some part of the equation is not working. The power is there and if we can get the car figured out we will be in very good shape."

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