CHAMPCAR/CART: Mid Ohio Friday Provisional Qualifying Report

Lexington, OH (August 7, 1998) - Bryan Herta broke the track record today to take the provisional pole for Sunday's Miller Lite 200 at Mid-Ohio. Herta broke the record he set in last year's qualifying by three-tenths of a mile per hour. Herta was...

Lexington, OH (August 7, 1998) - Bryan Herta broke the track record today to take the provisional pole for Sunday's Miller Lite 200 at Mid-Ohio. Herta broke the record he set in last year's qualifying by three-tenths of a mile per hour. Herta was the only driver to surpass last year's record during the two sessions for the Champ cars today.

With six minutes remaining in qualifying, the second group of drivers started an assault for the pole. Blundell had posted the second fastest time in the session but was looking for more. He set out for one last flyer but had problems with his tires under heavy braking.

"We have a little bit of a problem at the moment where we keep getting the tires slipping on the rim," Blundell said. "We stitched a lap together until we got to a heavy braking point and because of the vibration the tires weren't in contact with the road. Consequently we slid off".

With one minute left in the session Herta raised the track record to 122.977 mph. "We won't sit on this," Herta said. "We'll work hard tonight and tomorrow in the morning session to try to improve the car". Herta mentioned that the track had been faster during tire tests a few weeks ago when he had run a second faster.

"A lot of it will come down to the track" Herta stated. "I was extremely loose today. Balance-wise my car wasn't ideal yet.

After a heavy rain last night, the track was green this morning. The track became faster as qualifying drew to a close. Both Herta and Blundell were in today's "slow" group of qualifiers as determined by qualifying at the last road course event at Toronto. The "slow" group ran in the second qualifying session today.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bryan Herta