CHAMPCAR/CART: Player's Motegi Thursday notess

Motegi, Japan, May 17, 2001 - Team Player's drivers Alex Tagliani and Patrick Carpentier today completed their two practice sessions at the Twin Ring Motegi oval track in japan. Both drivers worked on their car setups for Friday afternoon's only...

Motegi, Japan, May 17, 2001 - Team Player's drivers Alex Tagliani and Patrick Carpentier today completed their two practice sessions at the Twin Ring Motegi oval track in japan. Both drivers worked on their car setups for Friday afternoon's only qualifying session (00:30 a.m. EDT time, Friday).

Thirteenth overall following the morning practice, Carpentier posted his fastest lap at the end of the afternoon session to finish 5th overall with a time of 26.283 seconds. He averaged 341.221 km-h. "Team Player's made some adjustments to the aerodynamic set up following the morning session and they were right on target. I'm very confident for tomorrow's qualifying session even though I will be the first one to go in the single-car qualifying for the Firestone Firehawk 500."

His teammate Tagliani posted his best lap around the 1.548-mile track in 26.871 seconds (333.754 km-h), only seven tenths of a second behind pacesetter Tony Kanaan. "I'm upset to be so far down (21st) on the time sheet, but Patrick's car looks very quick. Team Player's will compare data and come up with the right solution for the qualifying session."

Brazilian drivers took the top four spots, followed by Carpentier who is only 0.141 of a second behind leader Kanaan, He logged his fast time in the morning practice and it stood up at the end of the day's activities even though Helio Castroneves paced the afternoon testing. Kanaan turned a best lap of 26.142 seconds (343.061 km-h) to edge Castroneves (26.192 s) by only five hundredths of a second. Points leader Cristiano da Matta was third overall, followed by rookie Bruno Junqueira. Less than a second separates 24 of the 25 drivers entered in the fifth round.

Racing fans can follow Team Player's progress at the Firestone Firehawk 500 by logging on to the team's website at www.teamplayers.ca. They can also watch the race live on The Sports Network (TSN) at 11:30 p.m. ET on Friday.

<pre> WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Japan Time Eastern Time (-13) Fri. May 18 CART practice 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. 8:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. (Thurs) CART practice 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. 9:30 p.m. - 10:15 p.m. CART Qualifying 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 12:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. (Fri)

Sat. May 19 CART Warm Up 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 8:00 p.m. - 8:30p.m. (Fri) CART Race (201 laps) 12:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. - -Player's

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Bruno Junqueira , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Tony Kanaan , Cristiano da Matta