Defending Race Champion Greg Moore Paces the Field Five Mercedes Drivers Among Top 10 Prior to Qualifying Defending race champion Greg Moore put his Player's/Forsythe Reynard at the front of the field in today's final practice session for the...
Defending Race Champion Greg Moore Paces the Field Five Mercedes Drivers Among Top 10 Prior to Qualifying
Defending race champion Greg Moore put his Player's/Forsythe Reynard at the front of the field in today's final practice session for the Miller Lite 200 at the Milwaukee Mile. Moore used power from the Mercedes-Benz IC108E to run a quick lap of 20.286 seconds (183.141 mph) in preparation for this afternoon's qualifying.
Moore's teammate, Patrick Carpentier, was fifth-quickest with a lap of 20.560 seconds (180.700 mph). Hollywood/PacWest driver Mauricio Gugelmin stepped up his performance today, moving to seventh-quickest with a lap of 20.590 seconds (180.437 mph).
Marlboro Team Penske drivers Al Unser Jr. and Andre Ribeiro were also consistently quick in the session, with Unser claiming the ninth-quickest time with a lap of 20.661 seconds (179.817 mph). Ribeiro rounded out the top-10 quickest drivers with a lap of 20.688 seconds (179.582 mph).
Qualifying begins at 1:15 p.m. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN tomorrow, beginning at 1:30 EDT.
Mercedes-Benz Driver Quotes:
Greg Moore, No. 99, Player's Reynard/Mercedes/Firestone - First - 20.286 seconds "We struggled yesterday with our primary car, so we went to our backup car today. Obviously that was the right decision. We simulated a qualifying run this morning, and then worked on our race setup. The nice thing about this track is that we run the high-downforce wings. The race track is flat. There is very little banking. That means you can run side-by-side here. There will be a lot of passing. Working traffic will be very important."
Patrick Carpentier, No. 33, Player's Reynard/Mercedes/Firestone Fifth - 20.560 "Today was much better than yesterday. We fixed some problems at the back of the car. We still have a little movement at the back of the car. We can't plant the front of the car as well as we would like, but that is a minimal problem. Overall I'm really happy. We simulated a qualifying run and I think we can take a shot at the pole this afternoon."
Mauricio Gugelmin, No. 17, Hollywood Reynard/Mercedes/Firestone - Seventh - 20.590 "I'm very happy with the handling of the car. The handling is where we want it to be. We're still looking to improve the car, though."
Mark Blundell, No. 18, Motorola Reynard/Mercedes/Firestone 12th - 20.724 "We tried a lot of things in a short period of time today, but we're pretty happy because everything we did made a lap-time improvement. The car is still a little nervous going into the turn, which makes it nervous through the turn."
JJ Lehto, No. 9, Team Hogan Reynard/Mercedes/Firestone 14th - 20.802 "This is my first time here, so I'm still learning the circuit. We're working very hard on the balance of the car. It's something that is going to take some more work. Track time is what we need most."
Helio Castro-Neves, No. 16, Team Alumax Reynard/Mercedes/Goodyear 22nd - 20.949 "We're struggling a little bit today. We probably have a little too much front brake. We have a little understeer. Our laps could be much better. I think we can improve a lot for qualifying and be towards the front. Fifty percent of the race is being up front at the start. This is a tight, small track, which makes starting at the front even more important."