CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee Qualifying Story

Milwaukee: Carpentier, Moore Team Up To Grab Front Row Milwaukee, WI (May 30, 1998) -- Canadian teammates Patrick Carpentier and Greg Moore bested the field Saturday to secure the front row in their blue-and-white Player's Indeck Reynard...

Milwaukee: Carpentier, Moore Team Up To Grab Front Row

Milwaukee, WI (May 30, 1998) -- Canadian teammates Patrick Carpentier and Greg Moore bested the field Saturday to secure the front row in their blue-and-white Player's Indeck Reynard Mercedes during qualifying for the Miller Lite 200 on the Milwaukee Mile at Wisconsin State Fair Park.

Carpentier scored his second top qualifying position in four races when he turned a track record 185.500 miles per hour lap (20.028 seconds) on the one-mile oval. The 26-year old from Quebec also won the pole on the mile oval at Nazareth at the end of April. Moore, who is just two points behind Alex Zanardi in the PPG Cup points standings after six rounds in the FedEx Championship Series, was just a tick behind his teammate at 20.102 seconds, 184.817 mph.

Setting third on the grid for the 12:30 p.m. central time race on Sunday is Brazil's Andre Ribeiro in the Marlboro Penske Mercedes. Ribeiro ran a 184.487 mph lap (20.138 seconds). Each of the top three speeds bested the track record set by Paul Tracy (20.160 seconds, 184.286 mph) in 1997. The competitive nature of the FedEx Championship Series was reflected by the fact that 24 drivers qualified within a second of Carpentier's time.

Starting fourth Sunday will be Michael Andretti, in the Kmart Texaco/Havoline Swift Ford who ran 20.155, 184.057 mph. The Nazareth, Pa., driver has won five of the 13 times he has raced in Milwaukee and has led a total of 625 laps at the Wisconsin track during his CART career.

The fifth starter is Jimmy Vasser, in the Target Reynard Honda, who ran a 20.259, 183.385 mph lap. Dario Franchitti, Al Unser Jr., JJ Lehto, points leader Zanardi and Helio Castro-Neves round out the top 10.

Sunday's race can be seen live in ESPN in the United States and in more than 180 countries around the world on various networks and channels that carry Champ Car racing.

Source: CART Online

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Patrick Carpentier , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Alex Zanardi , Andre Ribeiro , Greg Moore , JJ Lehto