Patrick Carpentier third in provisional qualifying at Laguna Seca. Notes: CARPENTIER THIRD-QUICKEST IN PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING - Player's/Indeck driver Patrick Carpentier was third in provisional qualifying today at Laguna Seca, posting a lap of...
Patrick Carpentier third in provisional qualifying at Laguna Seca.
CARPENTIER THIRD-QUICKEST IN PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING - Player's/Indeck driver Patrick Carpentier was third in provisional qualifying today at Laguna Seca, posting a lap of 1 minute, 10.218 seconds and an average speed of 114.740 seconds. Kenny Brack posted the fastest lap of the day at 1 minute, 10.066 seconds (114.989 mph), while Cristiano da Matta was second quick, lapping the 2.238-mile permanent road course in 1 minute, 10.103 seconds (114.928 mph). Carpentier's teammate, Alex Tagliani, wrecked his primary car in the morning practice, but jumped into the backup car and was seventh-fastest during the afternoon session with his lap of 1 minute, 10.652 seconds (114.035 mph). Although he was running in the top five during the morning, defending race champion Max Papis was 12th-fastest during provisional qualifying with his lap of 1 minute, 11.127 seconds (113.273 mph).
PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Indeck Ford) - 3rd on the provisional grid:
"I don't think Jerry (Forsythe) and the Player's guys are going to be too happy because between me and Alex it was an expensive day for them today with all the damage. But we'll take a third place finish any day."
WHAT HAPPENED ON YOUR LAST LAP WHERE YOU WENT OFF THE TRACK AND SLID INTO THE WALL? "I was trying to get the pole. I could see on the board what the top time was and that lap was pretty much equal to the one before and the last few corners is where you make a difference. I went for it and the car got a little bit loose and I went off. With the traction control you just keep your foot in it, but once your going backwards it's not much help and that was it."
ALEX TAGLIANI (#33 Player's/Indeck Ford) - 7th on the provisional grid:
"I've been involved in some incidents that are a lot worse than that, but I'm just happy that everything came out okay and we were both alright. I didn't see (Fittipaldi's) car - he was in a blind spot, he was in the racing line and was close to stopping because he stopped right after the crash."
THERE WERE NO FLAGS OR ANYTHING TO WARN YOU? "There was a white flag, but when you have a white flag you can say the car is slow, but is it 100mph? 110 mph? 90mph? Or is it barely moving?" YOU'VE GOT TO BE
PLEASED THAT YOU WERE ABLE TO JUMP INTO YOUR BACKUP CAR AND STILL POST A TIME IN THE TOP 10? "The car is capable of being in the top three so we have some more left in it and we're happy that everything went well with the backup car. From there we'll continue to work hard and hopefully we'll qualify tomorrow in the top three."
JIMMY VASSER (#8 Shell Ford) - 9th on the provisional grid:
"The balance of the car isn't very good right now, but it's nothing that we can't figure out and I'm sure we'll be better tomorrow. The car right now is okay, but we just need to make a few subtle changes to improve the handling and I think we'll be fine."
MAX PAPIS (#22 Sigma Autosport Ford) - 12th on the provisional grid:
"Today was a productive day again. We started in the morning and only did a few laps before an electrical problem stopped us. Despite all that, we still managed to put in a lap that was good enough for the top five. In the afternoon when everybody picked up the game a little bit we definitely lacked the 20 laps or so that we didn't do in the morning. But there are quite a few cars behind us, but it looks like we're on the right track with the setup. We need to improve our traction control because we are still learning how to use it and we didn't get a lot of laps in this morning. Overall, I think it was another good show with the limited resources we have available to us."
AT THIS POINT DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE A BETTER QUALIFYING CAR OR RACECAR? "I think at the moment we have a better racecar. Once again it is very difficult to do the best in qualifying when you only have the one car that's underneath you and you have to keep it in one piece for the race. That's always in the back of my mind and it's not easy to try and push the car as hard as I'd like."
MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR. (#9 Gigante Ford) - 16th on the provisional grid:
"We're fighting to find a good balance in the car. It's getting better and better, but we had some problems with our good laps. I lost a lot of power on one of my better laps going up the hill and lost a lot of time and we have to work to improve that. We'll make some changes tonight and tomorrow we should be faster."
CAN YOU APPLY ANYTHING FROM THE RACES IN MEXICO AND LONG BEACH HERE AT LAGUNA SECA? "This track is very different from those and you use a pretty unique setup here. We need to try some new things tomorrow, but I'm confident that we'll find some more speed."