CHAMPCAR/CART: Road America: Team Player's Saturday report

Team Player's Patrick Carpentier qualifies third for Mario Andretti Grand Prix at Road America. Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, August 2, 2003 Team Player's driver Patrick Carpentier scored his best qualifying ever at Road America when he drove a final...

Team Player's Patrick Carpentier qualifies third for Mario Andretti Grand Prix at Road America.

Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, August 2, 2003 Team Player's driver Patrick Carpentier scored his best qualifying ever at Road America when he drove a final hot lap fast enough to bring him the third best time of the day. Saving the fast for last vaulted Carpentier up to the second row of the starting grid for the Mario Andretti Grand Prix at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Brazil's Bruno Junquiera took the pole, his first of the season. Paul Tracy qualified sixth.

Carpentier's top-three time came in at one minute, 44.306 seconds (224.844 km/hour), six-tenths of a second behind pole sitter Junquiera, whose pole winning time was clocked at one minute, 43.703 seconds (226.151 km/hour). Junquiera's team mate, Sebastien Bourdais was half a second behind him, with a time of one minute, 44.242 seconds (224.983 km/hour). Paul Tracy's fast lap time of one minute, 44.519 seconds (224.385 km/hour) was an improvement over his time in the first qualifying, and was good enough to get him a spot on the third row.

"I'm very happy with the results. Road America has never been kind to me in qualifying," said Carpentier, whose best starting position on this track was 12th both in 2001 & 2002. "This is fantastic. We could have done a good enough time for second place but I was caught in traffic at the end. That's part of the game, though. We did go out a little later on the second set because my engineer wanted tomodify the tire pressure. We know we have a great car for the race, and we know tire-wise we're in great shape, too. Team Player's did a great job today. We struggled through the past two races in Canada, so this is good."

While Carpentier is having one of his best runs ever in Wisconsin, Road America has not been so kind to his team mate Paul Tracy, the Champ Car World Series points leader who is was looking to extend his win streak after two consecutive victories at Toronto and Vancouver.

"The car was quite not there," noted Tracy, who has qualified in the top three consistently all season. "We got all our laps in and that's all the car had. I was at the limit all around the track, pushing as hard as I could. Starting 6th is not that bad here because you can pass and it's also a race of attrition. We're not that far behind the others. My Team Player's engineers will look at Patrick's data and see what makes his car better."

Racing fans can follow Team Player's progress at the Mario Andretti Grand Prix at Road America throughout the weekend by logging on to the team's website at www.teamplayers.ca. They can also watch a tape delay of the race on The Sports Network at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Patrick Carpentier , Paul Tracy , Mario Andretti , Sébastien Bourdais