CHAMPCAR/CART: Michigan PPI Motorsports Saturday report

PPI Motorsports drivers Cristiano da Matta and Oriol Servià ran third and eighth quick respectively in this morning's practice. Both drivers were very happy with their cars, and felt they had made big improvements over Friday's efforts.

PPI Motorsports drivers Cristiano da Matta and Oriol Servià ran third and eighth quick respectively in this morning's practice. Both drivers were very happy with their cars, and felt they had made big improvements over Friday's efforts. Qualifying started at 11:00 a.m. and Servià was the first PPIM and the 18th car to qualify. Servià's fastest time was his third of three laps at a 31.371 at 229.511. Servià will start from row eight in 15th position alongside the series point's leader Roberto Moreno. Da Matta was the 23rd car to qualify and his fastest time also came on his third and final lap. Da Matta set a time 31.321 at 229.878 miles per hour. Da Matta will start on row seven next to Helio Castroneves. This will be the second race in a row da Matta and Castroneves start side by side. Last week, Castoneves started from the pole in Toronto and da Matta qualified second, his best-ever qualifying effort.

Date:           Saturday, July 22, 2000 

Event: Michigan – Day Two

Cristiano da Matta, #97 Pioneer Electronics/WorldCom/Toyota- Reynard

Morning Practice:                   3rd  - 30.218 (238.269)

Qualified: 14th - 31.321 (229.878)

On the Qualifying:

"I am a little disappointed, because I thought we would be much faster, and of course I wanted to qualify much higher, especially after this morning's practice. However, we have a very long race tomorrow, anything can happen in a 500-mile race. I don't like to qualify 14th, but if it is going to happen, this is the right type of place for it. I think we might have been a little to conservative on the down on the downforce. We will look at the data, and make a few changes. I think we will have a very good race car for tomorrow."

Oriol Servià, #96 Telefónica Toyota-Reynard

Morning Practice:             8th   - 30.433 (236.585)

Qualifying: 15th - 31.371 (229.511)

On the Day:

"The car felt good, we had a little push, but the engine felt strong. I thought we would be much faster than we were. I think I have a better racecar than I do a qualifying car, so I am confident for tomorrow. This weekend has been a very good learning experience for me. I have never run a 500-mile race before, and certainly not in a Champ Car, so everything is new to me. I have really been studying, in order to be ready. I have been watching tapes and working with my engineer a lot. I want to make sure I am ready mentally, that is very, very important."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Roberto Moreno , Oriol Servia , Cristiano da Matta