CHAMPCAR/CART: Mid-Ohio Team Rahal Friday update

Team Rahal showed plenty of speed on the first day of practice for the 2000 Miller Lite 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Brack and Papis were fourth and sixth respectively in the morning session as they both searched for stability in their cars.

Team Rahal showed plenty of speed on the first day of practice for the 2000 Miller Lite 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Brack and Papis were fourth and sixth respectively in the morning session as they both searched for stability in their cars. Brack actually had an off track incident when his yellow, white and red Ford-Cosworth/Reynard went skidding through the gravel.

In qualifying Papis dominated the first session comprised of the slower qualifying cars from Toronto. Papis posted a fast lap of 67.018-sec./121.293 mph which was over two-tenths of a second quicker than the next quickest car (Vasser 67.277-sec). Papis would end up 11th overall on the provisional grid.

Brack posted his fast lap of the day with an effort of 66.317-sec./122.575 mph. Brack ran among the leaders of the second half session but still found himself nearly a full second behind provisional pole sitter Gil de Ferran.

#7 Max Papis - Miller Lite Ford Cosworth/Reynard
"Our goal today was to get into the faster (qualifying) session for Saturday and we did that. Overall, we did a pretty good job, but we know that the track is getting better and the second session was a lot faster. We just want to stay in the top 12. It was funny for our Miller Lite team because we had an understeer on the first set of tires and an oversteer on the second set. We are pretty sure we know why that happened and we'll be better on Saturday. That is the day for the fast times. The track will have more grip by tomorrow afternoon. It's always great to come back to Mid-Ohio since we have so much support from the Miller Lite and Team Rahal fans. I don't feel more pressure because of it, I just feel good because they are really behind us as a team."

#8 Kenny Brack - Shell Ford Cosworth/Reynard
"The track was getting better throughout the day as the grip improved. We ran a pretty good lap for our car, but I wish I felt better since the Penske cars have almost second on us right now. I think we can improve for Saturday. Don (Halliday, Brack's engineer) believes there are a few more things we can try with the suspension. It probably will take a combination of things to improve up to the times the Penske cars are running. I enjoy coming back to Mid-Ohio. I was here for a test session two months ago. And seven years ago in Barber Saab, I only got in two laps in the race due to a mechanical failure. So I'll be glad to put in some more time on track here on Saturday."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Max Papis , Kenny Brack