CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee Friday Pit Notes

FedEx Championship Series Pit Notes-Friday, June 4, 1999 Good Morning from Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the first day of practice for Sunday's Miller Lite 225, Round Seven of the 1999 FedEx Championship Series season. This morning's first practice...

FedEx Championship Series Pit Notes-Friday, June 4, 1999

Good Morning from Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the first day of practice for Sunday's Miller Lite 225, Round Seven of the 1999 FedEx Championship Series season. This morning's first practice session is scheduled for the Green Flag at 10:30 a.m. The full-field session will last 90 minutes. At 2:30 p.m., the FedEx Championship Series teams will again take to the track for a split-group practice session with the fastest drivers from the morning's sessions making up Group One. Each split-session Group will be on-track for 45 minutes with a 15-minute break between the two groups' efforts. Saturday's schedule has the Champ Cars again on-track for practice from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. with qualifying scheduled at 1:15 p.m., lasting until 2:45 p.m. Sunday's schedule has the traditional 30-minute warm-up beginning at 10 a.m. followed by the Green Flag for the Miller Lite 225 at 2 p.m. (All times are local.)

* CART Chief Steward WALLY DALLENBACH and CART Vice President J.KIRK RUSSELL have announced that by resolution of the CART Board of Directors, the Pit Speed Limit has been reduced to a maximum of 50 miles per hour for all phases of all CART Champ Car events. A Black Flag will be displayed to any competitor that exceeds the posted speed limit. * GREEN FLAG waves at 10:30 a.m. to start the first practice session of the weekend. Firestone engineers report a track temperature of 81 degrees F. with an ambient temperature of 70 degrees F. at the start of the session. * The BLACK FLAG is shown at 10:36 a.m. to #10 HEARN for a Pit Road speed violation. HEARN subsequently pits to comply with the Black Flag. * The BLACK FLAG is shown at 10:39 a.m. to #12 VASSER for a Pit Road speed violation. VASSER subsequently pits to comply with the Black Flag. * At 10:40 a.m., 10 minutes into the session, the fastest driver is #9 CASTRO-NEVES with a lap of 166.206 mph (22.353 seconds), followed by #7 PAPIS (165.791 mph; 22.409 seconds) and #11X FITTIPALDI (164.092 mph; 22.641 seconds). * The BLACK FLAG is shown at 10:43 a.m. to #11 FITTIPALDI for a Pit Road speed violation. FITTIPALDI subsequently pits the car to comply with the Black Flag. * At 10:50 a.m., 20 minutes into the session, the fastest driver is #33 CARPENTIER with a lap of 168.048 mph (22.108 seconds), followed by #12 VASSER (166.960 mph; 22.252 seconds) and #17 GUGELMIN (166.601 mph; 22.300 seconds). * The BLACK FLAG is shown at 10:55 a.m. to #26 TRACY for a Pit Road speed violation. TRACY subsequently pits the car to comply with the Black Flag. * At 11 a.m., 30 minutes into the session, the fastest drivers and speeds are unchanged from the 10:50 a.m. report. * At 11:10 a.m., 40 minutes into the session, the fastest drivers and speeds remain unchanged from the 11:10 a.m. report. * YELLOW FLAG waves at 11:13 a.m. after CART course observers report debris on the track. CART safety workers make a complete track inspection during the downtime. * GREEN FLAG waves at 11:18 a.m. to resume the practice session. * At 11:20 a.m., 50 minutes into the session, the fastest drivers and speeds remain unchanged from the 11:10 a.m. report. * The BLACK FLAG is shown at 11:29 a.m. to #9 CASTRO-NEVES for a Pit Road speed violation. CASTRO-NEVES subsequently pits his car to comply with the Black Flag. * At 11:30 a.m., one hour into the session, the fastest drivers and speeds remain unchanged from the 11:20 a.m. report. * At 11:40 a.m., 70 minutes into the session, the fastest driver is still #33 CARPENTIER with his earlier lap of 168.048 mph (22.108 seconds), followed by #12 VASSER (166.960 mph; 22.252 seconds) and #6 ANDRETTI (166.765 mph; 22.278 seconds). * At 11:50 a.m., the fastest driver is now #99X MOORE with a lap of 168.475 mph (22.052 seconds), followed by #33 CARPENTIER (168.048 mph; 22.108 seconds) and #11X FITTIPALDI (167.487 mph; 22.182 seconds). * At 11:51 a.m., #26 TRACY clocks the fastest lap of the session with a speed of 168.681 mph (22.025 seconds). * YELLOW FLAG waves at 11:52 a.m. after #8 HERTA spins while exiting Turn 2. HEARN regains control without making contact and continues on course to his pit area. * GREEN FLAG waves at 11:55 a.m. to resume the practice session. * CHECKERED FLAG waves at 12 p.m. with #26 TRACY the fastest driver of the session with a lap of 168.681 mph (22.025 seconds), followed by #99X MOORE (168.475 mph; 22.052 seconds) and #33 CARPENTIER (168.048 mph; 22.108 seconds). FedEx Championship Series drivers introduced 36 different cars to the track in this morning's session with the top 28 cars clocking laps within one second of the fast time set by TRACY. Secondary cars were utilized by #99X MOORE, #9X CASTRO-NEVES, #11X FITTIPALDI, #19X JOURDAIN Jr., #17X GUGELMIN, #44X KANAAN, #20X JONES, #6X ANDRETTI, #25X da MATTA and #33X CARPENTIER. CART drivers logged a total of 1565 laps during the session. * At 2:41 p.m., CART Vice-President of Competition, J. KIRK RUSSELL announces that weather permitting, a full-field practice session will take the Green Flag at 3:30 p.m. with the session lasting 45 minutes. This session will conclude the CART on-track activities for the day. * Rain has fallen intermittently since the end of the morning practice session and now, at 2:15 p.m., it is certain that the afternoon split-group practice session will not take the Green Flag as scheduled at 2:30 p.m. The rain has stopped and CART safety workers are circling the track in the safety vehicle trying to dry the surface. * After a bit over 1000 laps of racing (1005 to be exact) in the 1999 FedEx Championship Series season, and with a boring rain period stopping the weekend's action, a few stats may be in order. The first six races have averaged 4.7 leaders per race with an average of 5.7 lead changes per race. The competitive nature of CART Champ Car racing is most evident with the victory and podium margins. Even with ADRIAN FERNANDEZ logging an uncontested victory margin of 6.347 seconds under the race-ending Yellow Flag in Japan, the average winning margin for the 1999 season is still 2.905 seconds. The 1999 average podium margin is 4.617 seconds. For comparison purposes, the 1998 season finished with an average victory margin of 2.899 seconds and an average podium margin of 4.559 seconds. There is an average of 17.3 cars finishing each race this year so far, with the Yellow Flag flying an average of 5.5 times per event. * At 2:41 p.m., CART Vice-President of Competition, J. KIRK RUSSELL announces that weather permitting, a full-field practice session will take the Green Flag at 3:30 p.m. with the session lasting 45 minutes. This session will conclude the CART on-track activities for the day. * At 3:30 p.m., CART Race Control announces that the field will follow Chief Steward WALLY DALLENBACH in the PPG Pace Car for the first few laps of the practice session under a Yellow Flag. Mr. Dallenbach will take to the track at approximately 3:35 p.m. and release the field to practice once he is convinced the surface is ready for racing speeds. * At 3:35 p.m., MR. DALLENBACH takes to the track, followed by #99 MOORE, and #33 CARPENTIER. Fourteen cars followed the Chief Steward onto the course. Mr. Dallenbach leads the field as he picks up speed each lap for four laps. Dallenbach then shuts off the light on the Pace car signifying that the track is ready to go Green. Mr. Dallenbach subsequently pits his PPG Pace Car. * GREEN FLAG waves at 3:38 p.m. to start the final practice session of the day. The drivers will have a guaranteed 45-minute practice session. * The BLACK FLAG is shown at 3:43 p.m. to #2 UNSER Jr. for a Pit Road speed violation. UNSER Jr. subsequently pits his car to comply with the Black Flag. * The BLACK FLAG is shown at 3:46 p.m. to #4 MONTOYA for a Pit Road speed violation. MONTOYA subsequently pits the car to comply with the Black Flag. * The BLACK FLAG is again shown at 3:47 p.m. to #4 MONTOYA for a Pit Road speed violation. MONTOYA exceeded the Pit Road speed limit of 50 mph leaving the pits from his last penalty. MONTOYA again pits his car to comply with the Black Flag. * At 3:48 p.m., 10 minutes into the Green Flag-portion of the session, the fastest driver is #26 TRACY with a lap of 166.317 mph (22.338 seconds), followed by #4 MONTOYA (164.113 mph; 22.638 seconds) and #11 FITTIPALDI (162.634 mph; 22.894 seconds). * YELLOW FLAG waves at 3:49 p.m. as a slight drizzle begins to fall around the race track. CART safety workers again start to circle the track in the safety vehicles in an attempt to dry the track. * The rain has stopped by 3:53 p.m. and CART safety workers continue to attempt to dry the track. * At 4:08 p.m., Mr. Dallenbach again pulls onto the race track in the PPG Pace car, again followed by #99 MOORE. Mr. Dallenbach runs three warm-up laps before again heading to Pit Road, certifying that the track is safe to race on. * GREEN FLAG waves at 4:10 p.m. to continue the practice session. * At 4:13 p.m., 35 minutes into the session, the fastest driver is still #26 TRACY with his earlier lap of 166.317 mph (22.338 seconds), followed by #9X CASTRO-NEVES (165.421 mph; 22.459 seconds) and #4 MONTOYA (164.113 mph; 22.638 seconds). * At 4:18 p.m., 40 minutes into the session, the fastest driver is now #4 MONTOYA with a lap of 167.570 mph (22.171 seconds), followed by #26 TRACY (166.317 mph; 22.338 seconds) and #9X CASTRO-NEVES (165.421 mph; 22.459 seconds). * The BLACK FLAG is shown at 4:20 p.m. to #11 FITTIPALDI for a Pit Road speed violation. FITTIPALDI subsequently pits the car to comply with the Black Flag. * The BLACK FLAG is shown at 4:21 p.m. to #25 da MATTA for a Pit Road speed violation. da MATTA subsequently pits to comply with the Black Flag. * CHECKERED FLAG waves at 4:23 p.m. to end the session with #4 MONTOYA the fastest driver with a lap of 167.570 mph (22.171 seconds), followed by #26 TRACY (166.317 mph; 22.338 seconds) and #33 CARPENTIER (166.310 mph; 22.339 seconds). FedEx Championship Series drivers introduced 26 different cars to the track in this afternoon's session with 20 cars clocking laps within one second of the fast lap set by MONTOYA. CART drivers logged a total of 702 incident-free laps during this session. * Quotes from today's top-three fastest drivers follow: * PAUL TRACY, KOOL Honda Reynard: "The track here is a bit better than at Nazareth because of the width. Firestone has brought a bit softer tire here this weekend, which is causing some marbles, and that's making it a one-groove racetrack. I'm generally pretty happy with the car. I didn't test here at all. [Teammate] Dario [Franchitti] did, and we ended up using his setup, which worked pretty well for me. I was pretty happy with the car right off the trailer, and we'll keep on working on improving it for tomorrow." * GREG MOORE, Player's Forsythe Racing Ltd. Mercedes Reynard: "We pretty much used the exact same setup on the car [as teammate Patrick Carpentier} except for one or two small changes. I came here a few weeks ago and had a great two-day test here and it seems like we've picked up where we left off. It's good for everyone on the team to get the momentum back on the short ovals. We kind of missed it at Nazareth and St. Louis, and it's good for the team to be back where we feel we should be." * PATRICK CARPENTIER, Player's Forsythe Racing Ltd. Mercedes Reynard: "We put the car on the track and it was very stable at the back. We were very quick right away and I was very happy. It's good to have a car that was so stable after our accident at Gateway last week. We tried to tweak it a bit this afternoon and it didn't work, but we're looking forward to tomorrow." * All American Racers team owners Dan and Evi Gurney and Newman/Haas Racing driver MICHAEL ANDRETTI and his wife Leslie have been named honorary co-chairpersons of the "Runway Madness II" extravaganza on Friday, October 29, 1999 in Ontario, California. CARA Charities and the California Speedway are the organizers of the event. This year's theme is "A Mystical Hallow's Eve". Proceeds of the event will benefit CARA Charities, Championship Driver's Association and The Children's Fund. Individual tickets are $150 and table reservations are available. For information on tickets and sponsorships opportunities, call CARA Charities at 317-299-2277 or e-mail: carachar@aol.com. * This concludes the Pit Notes for today from the Milwaukee Mile. We'll see you tomorrow at 9 a.m. for the first practice session for Saturday.

Source: CART.com

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