MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (June 1, 2002)-- Team Motorola and driver Michael Andretti qualified 13th for tomorrow's Miller Lite 250 at the Milwaukee Mile. Â Although their starting position isn't ideal, Andretti is confident that he has a good race car.
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (June 1, 2002)-- Team Motorola and driver Michael Andretti qualified 13th for tomorrow's Miller Lite 250 at the Milwaukee Mile. Although their starting position isn't ideal, Andretti is confident that he has a good race car. "Team Motorola has been putting in their best effort with our new chassis," Andretti said. "Although it didn't show in qualifying, we definitely have a good race car."
Michael has certainly had his share of confidence boosters in Milwaukee, finishing first on five occasions and second in 2000 and 2001.
"Milwaukee is like Toronto for me," Andretti explained. "I don't know what I do different here, but it works." The race on the 1.032-mile oval is 250 laps and Andretti is relying on general manager Kim Green to make the right strategy calls. "I think we've given Michael a good race car and I'm confident Team Motorola will do a good job on our pit stops and strategy," said Green. "And knowing Michael and his effort to get to the front, we'll be in good shape tomorrow."
Paul Tracy, Michael's technical partner, put forth an excellent effort in qualifying, almost capturing the pole. Adrian Fernandez, the day's final qualifier, recorded a lap that bested Paul's time by a mere .029 seconds. Adrian's time was 22.176 seconds (167.532 mph), while Paul's time was 22.205 seconds (167.314 mph). Patrick Carpentier rounded out the top three qualifiers with a time of 22.324 seconds (166.422 mph). Dario Franchitti, also a technical partner, will start from the 9th position tomorrow after a qualifying effort of 22.448 seconds (165.502 mph). Team Motorola is currently in sixth place in the CART FedEx Championship with 22 points, while Michael's technical partner, Dario Franchitti is the leader with 34 points.
Team Motorola will have a final warm-up tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. . Tand the race will begin at 11:45 a.m. CST he race will be shown live . Ton CBS .
Michael Andretti -- #39 Honda-Lola-Bridgestone "Today wasn't our best qualifying effort but we have been struggling a little bit for speed all weekend. In Milwaukee, I drive a different line than a lot of the other drivers so my qualifying isn't as strong, but that line usually works for me pretty good on race day. I do have a comfortable race car for 250 laps but for one lap it wasn't the greatest. Team Motorola has certainly been putting in their best effort with our new chassis and although it didn't show in qualifying today, we definitely have a good race car. We've been in a pretty steep learning curve with the Lola and we didn't get a chance to test here so we can't expect any miracles but I think we'll be good in race trim."
Kim Green -- General Manager
"Qualifying 13th at the Milwaukee Mile is certainly disappointing for Michael and Team Motorola. We were optimistic that we could develop the Lola fairly quickly and get up front. We haven't quite found the sweet spot for qualifying but we did spend a fair amount of time on Friday working on our race day set-up. I think we've got a good race car and that is the most important thing this weekend. We'll keep working on our race set-up in the morning warm-up and knowing Michael we'll be in good shape tomorrow."
Sunday will be Michael's 294th start of his Champ Car career.
In 2001, Michael started 10th and finished 2nd in this race.
Michael has won in Milwaukee on five occasions; 1986, '87, '91, '92 and '96.
Michael has finished in the top-five in Milwaukee in 13 of 17 races.
Michael scored his first Champ Car pole in Milwaukee in 1986 then led 110 laps en-route to victory that year.
Michael has led 715 laps at the Milwaukee Mile.
Michael leads all active Champ Car drivers with 293 race starts, 42 wins, 32 poles and 6,563 laps led.