CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland Mercedes Friday report

Kart Practice Helps Carpentier In Early CART Qualifying Carpentier Fastest Mercedes-Powered Entry In Early Trials At Portland Player's/Forsythe team's Patrick Carpentier has been working on his driving. After testing at Mid-Ohio Sports...

Kart Practice Helps Carpentier In Early CART Qualifying Carpentier Fastest Mercedes-Powered Entry In Early Trials At Portland

Player's/Forsythe team's Patrick Carpentier has been working on his driving. After testing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Circuit subsequent to the last round of the CART FedEx Championship Series in Detroit, June 7, the young Canadian driver took to a go-kart track to test a new driving style. It worked well as Carpentier drove to fourth place in today's early qualifying round with a lap time of 59.310 seconds (119. 393 mph). He was fastest of the eight Mercedes-powered Champ Car drivers entered in this weekend's Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200. Carpentier's run was not problem-free however, as a minor shifter glitch prevented him from reaching his fastest potential lap. "The third to fourth shift gave me a problem, but even so, I'm very happy with today's result," Carpentier said. "According to the computer, I think I would have been good for a lap of 59 seconds flat." Carpentier credited teammate Greg Moore for the driving tips as Moore managed the sixth fastest time of the day, just 36-thousandths of a second slower than his Player's/Forsythe teammate. Defending race winner, Mark Blundell and Andre Ribeiro were the next two Mercedes-powered drivers to be included the top ten finishing positions, notching seventh and ninth respectively. Blundell drove his Motorola Reynard Mercedes to a lap of 59.435 seconds (119.142 mph) while Ribeiro, driving his Team Marlboro Penske was less than a tenth of a second slower at 59. 508 seconds (118.996 mph). Final qualifying is scheduled for 12:45-2:00 p.m. PST tomorrow, and the race is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. PST on Sunday. ESPN-TV's live telecast will begin at 5 p.m. EST.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Mark Blundell , Andre Ribeiro , Greg Moore