CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Kool Green leads Vancouver Friday practice

By Alan Perry - Motorsport.com It looked like rain and even felt like rain just before the Friday morning practice session for the Molson Indy Vancouver. Indeed, the course had a distinct dry line at the start of the session. However, there was...

By Alan Perry - Motorsport.com

It looked like rain and even felt like rain just before the Friday morning practice session for the Molson Indy Vancouver. Indeed, the course had a distinct dry line at the start of the session. However, there was no more rain and the moisture on the track didn't last very long.

Montoya was dominant for most of the session, starting in the spare car, but putting in the best times in the primary. However, Team Green, who were absent much of the session, snuck in and put in the top times with Franchitti also managing to break into the 1:01s. Gugelmin, Fittipaldi and Castroneves managed to sneak in ahead of Montoya as well.

According to what seems to be standard Champ Car practice, da Matta had an accident at the end of the session and it was resumed with minutes remaining, leading to everyone trying to make a final fast run. Unfortunately, Fernandez ruined everyone's plans by stuffing his car into the tires and the session was ended under the red flag.

The most notable thing about the session was the lap times (mostly in the 1:02s and 1:03s), which were much lower than last year's qualifying times. There were three red flags in case you are keeping count (one for debris on the track, one for da Matta smacking the tires coming into turn 10 (as noted above) and stopping on the grass inside the apex and, of course, one for Fernandez).

In the area of boring trivia, Brack, Fittipaldi, Tracy, Montoya, Moreno, Papis Tracy and Vasser put in times in both the primary and spare cars.

In the media center, there was an error in timing and scoring that had Carpentier down for 6 second lap (1125 mph average speed). As noted, the lap times were MUCH faster than last year.

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