CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Rahal Cleveland final qualifying


#7 Max Papis - Miller Lite Ford Cosworth/Reynard Papis and the Miller Lite car found some speed and stability in the morning session posting the eighth fastest lap of the session at 58.432 sec./129.751 mph. In the afternoon qualifying, Papis again was in the first (slower) session based on his qualifying time on Friday. Papis was among the fastest drivers in his session turning a lap of 58.044 sec./130.618 mph, however, that put him 14th on the starting grid. "I couldn't get a complete lap today," said Papis. "I was fast in different segments but I couldn't put together a complete lap. I had a lap in the mid-57 range [seconds] but I missed the last turn. We improved the car a lot from Friday but I didn't get the lap I wanted. The only good thing about starting in the middle of the pack here at Cleveland is that the track is wide - the widest on the CART circuit - and you can pass in many places."

#8 Kenny Brack - Shell Ford Cosworth/Reynard Kenny Brack suffered through a frustrating day on the airport tarmac of Cleveland. Brack struggled through the morning session, as the stable car from Friday suddenly was very loose. Adjustments to the car helped but Brack was unable to recover the lost speed finishing the morning session 17th overall (58.871 sec./128.763 mph). In qualifying Brack clipped the wall and bent a rear toe link. He failed to better his qualifying speed from Friday and ended up 15th on the grid using his time from Friday. "We were not as good today as we were on Friday," said Brack. "The car didn't feel stable in turns five, six or seven. I never had the security that I had on Friday. I clipped the wall early in qualifying and we bent the rear toe link and the car was simply average after that. I couldn't find the right balance today. It is frustrating after we were so quick on Friday. I know the track was getting better but we couldn't get the car up to speed today."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Max Papis , Kenny Brack