CHAMPCAR/CART: PacWest will rely on pit strategies at Detroit

(Detroit, Mi) -- PacWest Racing will be relying on their successful pit strategies to get among the championship points on offer in tomorrow's Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit in Michigan. Many times this season the pit strategies and...

(Detroit, Mi) -- PacWest Racing will be relying on their successful pit strategies to get among the championship points on offer in tomorrow's Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit in Michigan.

Many times this season the pit strategies and speed of the PacWest crews has created valuable track position and a repeat will be needed in the seventh round of the FedEx Championship Series.

Mark Blundell has qualified 16th for the race on the temporary street course after clocking a time of one minute and 14.856 seconds in his #18 Motorola PacWest Mercedes-Benz.

Mauricio Gugelmin will start two rows further back after setting the 19th fastest qualifying time of 1:14901 in his #17 Nextel PacWest Mercedes-Benz.

Both drivers improved on their morning practice times, but not enough to break into the top 10 on the bumpy Detroit layout.

MARK BLUNDELL - # 18 MOTOROLA PACWEST MERCEDES-BENZ -- 16th
Morning Session: 1:15.834s -- 16th; Qualifying: 1:14.856s

"We will need to look what we can take out of qualifying for the race," said Blundell

"We will be relying on the fuel efficiency of the Mercedes-Benz engine tomorrow as we try and gain track position.

"We will have to look at our pit strategy and make the absolute most of every opportunity.

"Starting anything further back here than 10th is a pretty hard ask, but we will give it a serious go and hope a little luck goes our way."

MAURICIO GUGELMIN - # 17 NEXTEL PACWEST MERCEDES-BENZ -- 19th
Morning Session: 1:16.012s -- 17th; Qualifying: 1:14.901s

"We improved the car a lot from the morning session, but so did everyone else," said Gugelmin.

"We are still struggling with a bit of understeer, but that's about it.

"Towards the end of our run we ran out of fuel at the entrance of the pits and that cost us a chance to get in one more flyer before the end of the session.

"I don't anticipate any major changes to the car overnight."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mauricio Gugelmin , Mark Blundell