David Reininger - motorsport.com Nazareth, PA (April 8, 2000) - Notes from the Bosch Grand Prix at Nazareth Speedway: Andrew Craig, CART President and CEO, ended speculation regarding Nazareth and the 2001 schedule. Rumors had circulated...
David Reininger - motorsport.com
Nazareth, PA (April 8, 2000) - Notes from the Bosch Grand Prix at Nazareth Speedway:
Andrew Craig, CART President and CEO, ended speculation regarding Nazareth and the 2001 schedule. Rumors had circulated that Nazareth would be dropped from the schedule after the 2000 season. "We have a contract through 2001 and we will be in Nazareth next year for a FedEx Championship Series event. We never discuss publicly the status of negotiations beyond the life of the current contract."
Although temperatures were in the upper 70s when qualifying started this afternoon, drivers were given the option of taking up to five warm-up laps prior to starting the clock for their two timed laps.
With temperatures expected to dip tonight and tomorrow, Firestone engineers have asked teams to store their tires in their transporters overnight. Firestone tires were delivered to the track in heated transporters for the first time.
Swedish driver Kenny Brack was upbeat about the turn in the weather. "They say it could snow on Sunday. Hey, that is great for me since I can bring my Swedish driving experience into it. But really, the cold conditions in the race could affect the racing surface. We tested here last month in 45 degree weather, so I think we have a little bit of handle on track.
Brack recorded 194 laps in his first day of testing at Nazareth Speedway back in March.
CART Chief Steward Kirk Russell has announced that Luiz Garcia Jr. will not be in tomorrow's Bosch Grand Prix. Garcia Jr. has struggled all weekend with a handling problem and has not been able to produce a lap within 110% of the pole-winning time set by Juan Montoya.
Gualter Salles was uninjured in a practice accident yesterday but the car sustained major damage. Due to the extent of the damage Dale Coyne Racing has decided to withdraw the No. 34 Ford Lola from competition in Sunday's race.
Tony George, founder of the Indy Racing League, served as a spotter during the USAC Silver Bullet race this afternoon. George's stepson, Ed Carpenter, is competing in selected Silver Bullet races this season. This was Tony George's second time acting as Carpenter's spotter, having been assigned the duty at the Copper Classic in February. Carpenter has been the highest finishing rookie in both of his Silver Bullet races, placing 9th at Phoenix and 7th this afternoon at Nazareth.
Tony Kanaan qualified his Mo Nunn Racing on the outside of row four despite having the gear shift knob come off during his qualifying run. "I'm excited because that's the fastest I've ever gone here. But I'm disappointed a little bit because we probably lost a tenth of a second because I had to deal with my broken shifter knob".
FedEx Championship Series drivers introduced 26 different cars to the Speedway this morning. Drivers using secondary cars in icluded Gil de Ferran, Kenny Brack, Patrick Carpentier, Adrian Fernandez, Takuya Kurosawa and Mark Blundell.
Following the morning practice session, 22 of the 24 cars entered in the Barber Dodge Pro Series event were under the existing track record. On combined practice session times, the entire field is separated by nine-tenths of a second. Sepp Koster was fastest with a lap at 26.733 seconds at an average speed of 127.393 mph.
Qualifying for the Barber Dodge Series was rained out. The grid for Sunday's race will be set using combined practice times.