The Best Is Last Castro-Neves wins his first CART pole. by Robin Miller Helio wins his first pole of 1999 Greg Moore had a solid qualifying session, placing him 3rd Jimmy Vasser had a great qualifying, moving from 13th to 2nd WEST...
The Best Is Last Castro-Neves wins his first CART pole. by Robin Miller
Helio wins his first pole of 1999 Greg Moore had a solid qualifying session, placing him 3rd
Jimmy Vasser had a great qualifying, moving from 13th to 2nd WEST ALLIS, Wis. -- They saved the best for last on Saturday, during qualifying for tomorrow's Miller Lite 225 at the Wisconsin State Fair Park. After being fastest in morning practice at the Milwaukee Mile, Helio Castro-Neves backed it up when it counted. He won the first pole position of his short CART career.
The 24-year-old Brazilian went out as the last of 26 cars, then came home first with a great lap of 21.931 seconds (169.404 mph) in Carl Hogan's Lola/Mercedes/Firestone. After qualifying second (Nazareth), third (Gateway) and fourth (Homestead) on ovals this season, Castro-Neves finally got it all right. As he climbed out of his car and thrust his hands in the air, the crowd of 10,000 at the Mile saluted the former Indy Lights star. "What can I say, I am Brazilian and I am emotional," said Castro-Neves, as he danced around his car and hugged his crew. Last weekend at Gateway, he chased Michael Andretti to the checkered flag. "This was a tribute to my team today," he said.
Jimmy Vasser, all but forgotten in the brilliance of teammate Juan Montoya, regained status after qualifying second in the Target Reynard/Honda/Firestone. He had a lap of 22.088 seconds (168.200 mph).
"We got the car a little loose for qualifying, and that's what it took, because the conditions really changed," said the 1996 CART champion, referring to the sunny 85 F temperature.
Greg Moore, quick all weekend, wound up third in the Player's Reynard/Mercedes/Firestone with a lap of 22.133 seconds. Dario Franchitti, in the KOOL Reynard/Honda/Firestone, secured the fourth slot with a 22.135 clocking.
Montoya, who leads the FedEx Championship after six races, will start fifth in the other Target car after turning a 22.252-second lap. Paul Tracy, who set the pace on Friday, had to settle for sixth in the other KOOL car, at 22.271. The top 10 were separated by .5 sec., and 24 of the 26 starters were within one second of each other.