CHAMPCAR/CART: Mid-Ohio Ford Racing Friday Notes

MAX PAPIS -7- Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth - 9th Quickest - "We had a lot of push in the car during qualifying. The track was also a lot more slippery than it was when we tested here a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately on my fast lap, I ran into...

MAX PAPIS -7- Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth - 9th Quickest - "We had a lot of push in the car during qualifying. The track was also a lot more slippery than it was when we tested here a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately on my fast lap, I ran into traffic. But other than that, I think the Miller team is going in the right direction and I think we can improve our time on Saturday."

BRYAN HERTA -8- Shell Ford-Cosworth - 2nd Quickest - I am pretty happy so far. The track was a bit more slippery out there than I remember it being. You know, we have not really worked on the car much from a setup point today. This is basically the way we unloaded the car off of the truck. We should be a lot better tomorrow." YOU MENTIONED THAT IT GOT SLIPPERY OUT THERE ON THE TRACK . . . "Yes, it did. Particularly when it started sprinkling during the session. Just a few raindrops on the concrete sections would make the track very slippery. It was a little tricky out there during the session." YOU HAVE HAD A PRETTY DIFFICULT SEASON UP TO THIS POINT. CAN YOU TALK A LITTLE ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS TO HAVE SUCCESS HERE? "It feels nice. Sometimes this year our successes have been few and far between. It's been tough. So, it's good to be off to a strong weekend."

MICHAEL ANDRETTI -6- K Mart/Texaco/Havoline Ford-Cosworth - 11th Quickest - "We were running real good then I caught Max Papis on my fast lap which cost us. I was a half-second up going into the final turn and that's where I caught Papis. It's too bad because the tires were perfect. If I hadn't run into him I would have run a 105.8 (second lap)." DO YOU THINK YOU CAN MAKE A RUN AT DARIO'S TIME? "I don't know about a 105.3 (second lap), but we will give it a shot." THIS TRACK IS KNOWN AS ONE OF THE MOST PHYSICALLY DEMANDING ON THE CIRCUIT. HOW DO YOU COPE WITH THE ADDED STRAIN THE TRACK PUT ON YOU? "Everybody has the same problem. You just need to be careful that you don't drive too hard and wear yourself out before the end of the race."

ROBERTO MORENO -11- Big K Ford-Cosworth - 19th Quickest -- "The session was a bit disappointing for us. Early on we had a wire loom catch fire. It is disappointing not only because we were not able to post a quicker time, but, I want to get all the seat time I can. We are just going to have to work harder and try to improve out time for tomorrow."

P.J. JONES -40- Tecate/Quaker State Ford-Cosworth - 21st Quickest - "We still have a lot more work to do. The potential is there but we have not found it yet." HOW MUCH DOES THE REYNARD DIFFER FROM THE SWIFT IN REGARD TO DRIVING CHARACTERISTICS? "It's way different. We are on a whole new learning curve. But, the car is a lot better." DID ADRIAN GIVE YOU ANY WORDS OF ADVICE? "Not really. He did the testing out here a month ago but the track is completely different. We just need to work a little harder getting the car tuned." ARE YOUR AND ADRIAN'S DRIVING STYLES SIMILAR ENOUGH WHERE YOU MAY GIVE HIM A CALL TONIGHT FOR SOME INSIGHT? "Well it's hard for him laying on the couch to give us much insight. We will probably go over his notes and see what he did here last year and see what we are doing wrong."

JAN MAGNUSSEN -20- Visteon Ford-Cosworth - 16th Quickest - HOW FRUSTRATING IS IT FOR YOU TO HAVE BEEN DRIVING THE SWIFT OVER THE LAST MONTH AND THEN TO JUMP INTO THE REYNARD FOR THIS RACE? "It is tough. I know the circuit but this is a new car. You just have to go out and do the best you can. It's difficult because you are still trying to find out where the limits are. We are improving slowly so I am pretty happy. Sixteenth is nothing special but we are improving."

MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR -19- Herdez Viva Mexico Ford-Cosworth - 18th Quickest - "The car is completely different from when we tested here. We are making improvements and have been all day but then that the end of the session I ended up in the tires. I feel good about tomorrow though." MEMO GIDLEY -71- Herdez Viva Mexico Ford-Cosworth - 13th Quickest - YOU WERE VERY QUICK EARLY IN THE MORNING SESSION BUT YOU RAN INTO SOME PROBLEMS THAT CAUSED YOU TO SPEND QUITE A BIT OF TIME IN THE PITS. . . "We had a little problem with something sealing up right in the back of the car. After that, we got it fixed, made a few changes, and went back out. I was pushing a little too hard, a little too soon, and made a little mistake and ended up in the tires." CAN YOU TAKE ME THROUGH THE AFTERNOON SESSION . . . "On our second set of tires we were really bring the car along. We were just getting after another fast lap and we ran out of fuel. But I would say that tomorrow we can be in the top ten without a doubt."

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