CHAMPCAR/CART: PPI Gold Coast Friday notes

Date: Friday, October 13, 2000 Event: Surfers Paradise - Day One Oriol Servià, ...

Date: Friday, October 13, 2000 Event: Surfers Paradise - Day One Oriol Servià, #96 Telefónica/Toyota-Reynard Morning Practice: 15th (96.843 – 103.900 MPH) Qualified: 20th (95.107 – 105.803 MPH)

On Qualifying:

"I am very frustrated and disappointed about the situation with the red and checker flag. This has happened several times now. I was seven-tenths up on that lap, and then they red and checkered the session, with a minute left. It just seems that the flags are a little inconsistent, and unfortunately it seems they consistently happen on my fastest laps, and it is very frustrating."

Cristiano da Matta, #97 Pioneer Electronics/WorldCom/Toyota-Reynard Practice: 16th (96.843 – 103.900 MPH) Qualified: 9th (1:33.761 – 107.315 MPH)

On Qualifying:

"I am a little surprised my lap was as quick as it was, because it didn’t feel like it. We had just made a change to the car that wasn’t very good, and we were just about to change it back when I did that time, so it was a nice surprise. I am feeling very confident for tomorrow, provided we have good weather. We need to make a few changes overnight, but we know they are going to make a significant difference. Now, I just need to keep my fingers crossed that the weather holds out, and we should be in good shape."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Oriol Servia , Cristiano da Matta