CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Gordon Motegi Qualifying Report

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Qualifying Notes/Quotes - Friday, April 9, 1999 FIRESTONE FIREHAWK 500 Round 2 of 20 in the CART FedEx Championship Series At Twin Ring Motegi - Motegi, Japan

After a promising practice effort Friday morning that produced a time of 25.657 seconds, Team Gordon and Robby Gordon were unable to improve in qualifying for the Firestone Firehawk 500 at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit, grabbing the 14th position on the starting grid with a time of 25.703, an average speed of 216.955 mph over the 1.5-mile Twin Ring Motegi egg-shaped oval. The result is an improvement over Gordon's 18th starting position last month in the season's first race at Homestead, Fla. The separation from pole position to Gordon's Toyota-powered Reynard is a mere 0.24 seconds. Gil de Ferran grabbed the pole with a fast time of 25.463 seconds (219.000 mph). Gordon will start the race from the outside of his row (Row #7, outside Patrick Carpentier), a position he has relished in the past and one he hopes to succeed from on race day. The team spent most of the weekend working on race setups, which should pay dividends if Gordon can have a strong start and keep out of trouble early. Race time is 1:00 p.m. Saturday, local time. It will be broadcast live on ESPN at midnight EDT on Friday night (9 p.m. PDT).

ROBBY GORDON ­ "If I can say anything I'll say this, we were a victim of too much practice this weekend, we had everybody covered the first hour of each session! Where's the yellow when you need it? Even so, the field is tight, I'm happy with our progress. A couple tenths to the pole isn't much on race day. I can't wait to get out there tomorrow. We're going to have some fun. The car is good, and if the conditions stay healthy, we're capable of a big day."

MIKE HELD (Co-Owner) ­ "We know we have a good car folks, now it's up to RG to spin a special web for the race. He gives everybody a boost when it comes to racing, because we all know what he's capable of when the green flag drops."

KENNY ANDERSON (Race Engineer) ­ "We've squeezed what we can out of the car and it's pretty good, I think you'll see a solid effort on Saturday. We're prepared, and we're not too far away."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Gil de Ferran , Patrick Carpentier