CHAMPCAR/CART: Qualifying rained out at Michigan

By Tom Haapanen - Motorsport.com At 3:05 PM, the race stewards made the decision to cancel qualifying for tomorrow's Michigan 500 due to recurring rain showers. Instead, the starting grid will be based on the practice times from this ...

By Tom Haapanen - Motorsport.com

At 3:05 PM, the race stewards made the decision to cancel qualifying for tomorrow's Michigan 500 due to recurring rain showers. Instead, the starting grid will be based on the practice times from this morning's session.

Rain had fallen at about 12:30 PM, after only eight drivers had made their qualifying laps. At that time Patrick Carpentier had the fastest time, at 32.465 seconds, but he will now start in 22nd place instead, as he had a relatively slow time of 32.449 in the morning session.

Kenny Brack, driving a Lola-Ford for Team Rahal, then claims his fourth pole position this year on the strength of that session, and will be accompanied on the front row by his teammate, Max Papis.

"It's always good if we can run qualifying," said Brack. "But I think we would have had a very strong car for the pole anyway."

On the other hand, CART rookie Tora Takagi benefits from a strong session, and will start from his first superspeedway race from his best-ever CART grid position, third. His time in the morning session was 31.591, but in the aborted qualifying session, Takagi's time was 32.486, or 0.021 seconds behind Carpentier.

But it has definitely been a Team Rahal weekend, with the two drivers running strongly throughout the weekend. The question will be whether the team can show the same speed in the race -- and to endure over three hours of flat-out superspeedway racing.

"Dragging these wings around takes a lot of power," said Bobby Rahal, the team owner. "It's a long day tomorrow …"

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Max Papis , Bobby Rahal , Patrick Carpentier , Tora Takagi , Kenny Brack