Surfers Paradise, Australia, October 14, 2000. - Following the final qualifying session held Saturday in Australia, Team Player's drivers Patrick Carpentier and Alex Tagliani will start respectively from the sixth and seventh row for Sunday's...
Surfers Paradise, Australia, October 14, 2000. - Following the final qualifying session held Saturday in Australia, Team Player's drivers Patrick Carpentier and Alex Tagliani will start respectively from the sixth and seventh row for Sunday's Honda Indy 300, round 19 of the CART FedEx Championship Series.
Carpentier, who finished 11th overall, will start next to Kenny Brack. The Player's team driver set his best time during Friday's first qualifying session when he went around the 2.795-mile urban track in 1 minute 33.798 seconds at an average speed of 107.273 mph. "There were too many red flags during this session, and they happened during my quick laps. I would have loved to improve my starting position, but I'm not worried for the race because there are good passing areas on this track."
His teammate Tagliani improved from 22nd to 13th overall in the final session with a lap in 1 minute 34.024 seconds (107.015 mph). The Canadian driver will share his starting row with Oriol Servia. "The car's suspension was a little too stiff and it cost us several tenths of a second. Team Player's will make the proper changes for the race and we should up there at the end."
Juan Montoya secured his seventh pole of the season. The Colombian was clocked at 1 minute 31.722 seconds (109.701 mph) on the final lap of the session, edging Brazilian Gil de Ferran who had just improved his time to 1 minute 31.827 seconds (109.576 mph) in the final minute of the session. The second row will be shared by teammates Dario Franchitti (1:32.059) and Paul Tracy (1:32.328). American drivers Jimmy Vasser and Michael Andretti will start from tow three.
Team Player's drivers will return on the track tomorrow (Sunday) morning at 10:00 a.m. (Local Time) for the traditional 30-minute warm-up. The green flag for the Honda Indy 300, a 65-lap, 181.675-mile race, will be waved at 2:00 p.m. (Midnight Eastern Time). Racing fans can follow the progress of Team Player's in Australia by logging on to the team's web site at www.teamplayers.ca. They can also watch the 65-lap Honda Indy 300 live on The Sports Network. kk