CHAMPCAR/CART: Newman/Haas Milwaukee Friday report

* OVERALL: Newman/Haas Racing hopes to add to their success at the Milwaukee Mile. The team has won SIX races (Michael Andretti - 1996, 1992, 1991; Tracy - 1995; Mansell - 1993; Mario Andretti - 1985), including five in the past decade and ONE...

* OVERALL: Newman/Haas Racing hopes to add to their success at the Milwaukee Mile. The team has won SIX races (Michael Andretti - 1996, 1992, 1991; Tracy - 1995; Mansell - 1993; Mario Andretti - 1985), including five in the past decade and ONE pole at the track (Ma. Andretti - 1985). They hope to bring Lola their 100th victory this weekend after winning 55 of their 99 current Champ car victories.

CRISTIANO da MATTA, #6 Texaco/Havoline/Kmart Toyota-Lola: "We had a pretty smooth session. Traffic was a problem for me like it was for everyone else. It's tough to get a good run on a one-mile oval with this many cars on track all trying to check their cars out. We went through a couple of pretty big, different things we wanted to try on the two cars and made some adjustments but overall we are pretty happy with what we came up for this track. We are still looking for more speed though. Aren't we always? You always are concerned about the weather on oval tracks since we don't run in the wet conditions. The weather held up good for us in the end. We even had a bit of sun. I heard all kinds of things about the weather tomorrow. If qualifying was set on practice times, we would be okay starting in second place. If it goes by points then we would start third so either way, we are looking okay. But we all still want to go try to do a good job in qualifying for ourselves and the fans so I hope the weather is good. Newman/Haas Racing has done very well at this track so I am looking forward to a good qualifying position and a good race for the people from the team that only attend the races that are close to the shop. Everyone has their family and friends coming to the race so it would be nice to put on a good show for them."

* NOTE: Will be his third Champ car race in Milwaukee. He finished 14th in 2000 and 7th in 1999 for PPI Motorsports. His highest finish to date at Milwaukee came in the Indy Lights series where he finished 4th in 1997.

CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI, #11 Kmart Toyota-Lola: "We put two very different set-ups on my car and Cristiano's and we found out which direction to go in based on which one was better. I wasn't really that happy with the way my car felt but Cristiano liked his set-up so that will help us for tomorrow. We have a similar driving style and we like our cars set-up more similar than how Michael and I had our cars so that is a benefit for the team. With no in-season testing, you have to try big changes on the car or you won't learn as much as the season progresses. Having two drivers that like their cars set-up similar enables us to try more things during the limited track time. Only the teams that continue with their development will be at the top at the end of the season so we are constantly looking for new ways to make the car faster. Part of that process is finding out which things don't work. We learned some new things today and we hope to build on that for qualifying and the race."

* NOTE: Will attempt to score Lola's 100th victory in his 100th Champ car start this weekend. Has four top-10 finishes in four starts here. The last race he won was also on an oval - the 2000 season-finale Marlboro 500, just five races ago. Will be his fifth start in Milwaukee. Best finish was sixth place in 1996 and best start was third in 1996.

Qualifying for the Miller Lite 225 will air 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPN2. CART 2Day airs at 11 a.m. ET Sunday on ESPN2, while ABC-TV's live race broadcast begins at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 3.

-NHR

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Mario Andretti