Surfers Paradise, Australia, October 26, 2002 - Team Player's drivers Alex Tagliani and Patrick Carpentier will respectively start from rows seven and eight for Sunday's Honda Indy 300 at Surfers Paradise in Australia. Tagliani qualified 14th,...
Surfers Paradise, Australia, October 26, 2002 - Team Player's drivers Alex Tagliani and Patrick Carpentier will respectively start from rows seven and eight for Sunday's Honda Indy 300 at Surfers Paradise in Australia.
Tagliani qualified 14th, driving around the 4.498-kilometre (2.795-mile) temporary street course in 1 minute 32.300 seconds for an average speed of 175.441 km/h. "Team Player's has improved the car a lot for this track since last year but so has everyone else. The team has worked very hard the last two days but it just hasn't been able to find a faster set up. We're at the limit of this car. This is not a track that compliments the Reynard, at least not this year. To make matters worse, we had some traction control issues during the session. As far as the race is concerned, I will push as hard as I can and pick up the most points I can get."
His teammate Carpentier was next in 15th place with a lap time of 1 minute 32.367 seconds (175.313 km/h). Carpentier was not happy with the way his car is handling. "It's obviously not going right when you are two seconds off the pace. We have that problem since the last race in Miami. The Player's car has no grip and it's not stable. It just won't stick to the track. It's quite disappointing because I'm still fighting for a place in the top-3 in the standings. I'm going to drive aggressively and try to stay out of trouble.''
Drivers will return on track Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. local time (8:00 p.m. Eastern Time Saturday) for the race warm-up. The green flag for the Indy Honda 300 will be dropped at midnight Eastern Time Sunday, and race fans can watch the 70-lap race live on The Sport Network (TSN).