CHAMPCAR/CART: Player's Vancouver Friday notes

Vancouver, British Columbia, September 1, 2000 Team Player's drivers Patrick Carpentier and Alex Tagliani remain upbeat about their chances to secure a respectable starting position for Sunday's Molson Indy Vancouver despite a rough provisional ...

Vancouver, British Columbia, September 1, 2000 Team Player's drivers Patrick Carpentier and Alex Tagliani remain upbeat about their chances to secure a respectable starting position for Sunday's Molson Indy Vancouver despite a rough provisional qualifying session today on the 1.781-mile street course.

Carpentier, whose second-place finish last year is the best performance by a Canadian at the Molson Indy Vancouver, clocked the 15th-fastest lap in today's session with a time of 1 minute, 2.345 seconds (102.841 miles per hour). Tagliani, who was 16th, had the day's top performance by a rookie (1:02.773). Scotland's Dario Franchitti took the provisional pole with a quick lap of 1:01.067, edging Brazilian Gil de Ferran by .164 seconds.

Carpentier was hampered by an eight-minute penalty that he had to serve at the end of the session, as a result of an infraction that occurred in the last race, at Road America two weeks ago.

"The penalty cost us big time today," admitted Carpentier. "But there's still tomorrow, and I think Team Player's can make some good progress. This isn't over yet, by any means. There were four drivers from our group today who were able to move up. That goes to show that on this track you never know when you're going to be able to put in a fast lap that will get you closer to the front. Just because you happen to have a tough day doesn't mean you're destined to be at the back for the entire weekend."

Carpentier has come from behind to finish near the front in several races this year, including the Molson Indy Toronto, where he started 17th and finished seventh. Last year in Vancouver, he was 11th on the starting grid and moved dramatically up to second.

Tagliani, who was in today's faster group by virtue of his third-fastest qualifying lap in the last race, at Road America, wrestled with a traction problem that made the car difficult to drive in the corners.

"Because of that, I wasn't able to drive aggressively, the way I like to," explained Tagliani. "We need to find out what's causing the problem at the back of the car before looking at anything else. When you're having that type of problem, it's very difficult to go fast on a bumpy track like the one here in Vancouver, but Team Player's is going to work hard to get things resolved.

"We might do what we did at Elkhart Lake two weeks ago and jump into the back-up car tomorrow, because that worked for us at Road America and got us on the second row of the starting grid."

WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Local time Eastern time

Saturday, Sept. 2 CART practice 10:00 a.m.  11:15 a.m.  1:00 p.m.  2:15
p.m.  CART qualifying 1:45 p.m.  2:15 p.m.  4:45 p.m.  5:15 p.m.  CART
qualifying 2:30 p.m.  3:00 p.m.  5:30 p.m.  6:00 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 3 CART warm-up 9:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. noon. 12:30 p.m. CART race 1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Dario Franchitti