CHAMPCAR/CART: Michael andretti, Chrisitan Fittipaldi Detroit Friday notes

MICHAEL ANDRETTI, ...

MICHAEL ANDRETTI, # 6 Big Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Ford-Cosworth Lola
QUALIFYING POSITION: 8th "We are further off than I would like. I thought this morning that we would be quicker. I was sliding more in the afternoon session than I did in the morning, which hurt our time a little. I think I was also trying to hard. It is a big surprise because I thought we would be quicker. If it rains tomorrow we could be in trouble because we need the time to work on the car and make it better. This is a big race for us because of (Troy-based) Kmart and we need to qualifying further up front."

CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI, #11 Big Kmart/Route 66 Ford-Cosworth Lola
QUALIFYING POSITION: 9th

"I brushed the wall on the first set of new tires and screwed up our qualifying procedure. We normally put on new tires and run a fast lap then we use the same tires to make changes to the set up and try them out before we put on the second new set. We weren't able to do that since the tires brushed the wall. We had to go out on the second set without having a chance to test a couple of things to improve on the set-up. We tried something different on the second set without being e able to test it on old tires and it wasn't a good change so we basically wasted the second set. We need to improve the Big Kmart/Route 66 car. We need to start further up front since passing is tough here."

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