CHAMPCAR/CART: Motegi: Team Player's qualifying report

Round Three (3) of the CART FedEx Championship Series Carpentier qualifies sixth in Japan. Motegi, Japan, April 26, 2002 - Team Player's drivers Patrick Carpentier and Alex Tagliani will respectively start from rows three and six for...

Round Three (3) of the CART FedEx Championship Series

Carpentier qualifies sixth in Japan.

Motegi, Japan, April 26, 2002 - Team Player's drivers Patrick Carpentier and Alex Tagliani will respectively start from rows three and six for Saturday's Bridgestone Potenza 500 at Twin Ring Motegi.

Carpentier posted the sixth best lap time in the single file qualifying session, driving around the 2.491-kilometre (1.548-mile) oval track in 26.206 seconds for an average speed of 342.223 km/h. Carpentier was happy with the way his car is handling. " The car is fast and well balanced. I'm very confident for the race and with a bit of luck, I think we can have a podium finish. On an oval track, you've got to be at the right place at the right time. "

His teammate Tagliani finished 12th overall with a lap time of 26.412 seconds (339.554 km/h). He will share the sixth row with Tora Takagi. " We had all kinds of nasty little problems this week-end with the turbo boost which was causing a sudden loss of power. Between the final practice session and qualifying, Team Player's changed the engine on my car in 56 minutes, which is quite a feat. I only ran four laps with the new engine and we have the race warm-up to make sure everything is perfect. "

Bruno Junqueira was fastest of the 20 drivers qualifying for round 3 of the CART FedEx Series. The Brazilian driver captured his first pole of the season, the second of his CART career with a lap time of 25.907 seconds (346.173 km/h). Sharing the front row with him will be fellow countryman Tony Kanaan who posted his quickest time in 26.051 seconds (344.260 km/h). Canadian Paul Tracy will start third (26.059 s) alongside Kenny Brack (26.133 s) from Sweden. Dario Franchitti (26.173 s) of Scotland will be on row three next to Carpentier.

Drivers will return on track Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. local time (8:00 p.m. Eastern Time Friday) for the race warm-up. The green flag for the Bridgestone Potenza 500 will be dropped at 11:30 p.m. Eastern Time Friday, and race fans can watch the 201-lap race live on TSN.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Tora Takagi , Kenny Brack