CICERO, IL . . . Team Rahal Shell driver and CART FedEx Championship Series points leader Kenny Brack posted the second quickest laps in both the morning and afternoon sessions on the first day of practice for Sunday's Chicago Grand Prix (4:00 PM...
CICERO, IL . . . Team Rahal Shell driver and CART FedEx Championship Series points leader Kenny Brack posted the second quickest laps in both the morning and afternoon sessions on the first day of practice for Sunday's Chicago Grand Prix (4:00 PM EDT ABC). Overall Brack posted the second fastest lap of the day at 156.100 mph trailing only rookie Bruno Junqueira of Chip Ganassi Racing. Brack is vying for his sixth front row start of the 2001 season and a series leading fifth pole position.
Miller Lite driver Max Papis endured a frustrating practice session battling mechanical problems with his car and most notably a braking problem. Papis switched to his back-up car late in the afternoon practice session but several on track stoppages kept him from making significant progress. Overall Papis finished the day with the 22nd quickest lap at 152.382 mph.
Max Papis (Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth/Lola) - "This morning wasn't too bad with the car as we worked on the Lola throughout the session. We were making progress with the car in the morning. But the afternoon was very, very long. The primary car had nothing but brake vibration. The car wouldn't steer into the corners. The brakes weren't right and we tried to bed in the brakes as normal. But it wasn't right. We spent a lot of time in the pits working on the brakes. Finally, we decided to go to the backup and I didn't get many laps. Plus, traffic was very tight at the end of the session. So we'll work over the night to get the car better. I know we can improve the car."
Kenny Brack (Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola) - "It was a good day today for us. It's a different wing package from last year so we had work pretty hard on the chassis setup. I think the Shell Ford is right on target. The competition is so tough in this series because of the strength of the teams and drivers. If you have a bad weekend, you can be 20th or 24th. It's not like Formula One where Ferrari can have a bad weekend and be sixth or seventh. I don't think you can be in the Top Three or Top Five every week. It's very tough to be consistent. It's a lot of different types of tracks for the teams and drivers. It's challenging, but it's fun. I think it'll be hard to pass (in the race), as hard as last year. It will be one groove racetrack. You'll have to overtake by out-braking. If you're a road racer, you get a good education to setup of the car. For the ovals, it's getting used to the high speeds. The intimidating factor is very high for the ovals. It's hard to believe how fast you are going on an oval."