CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Rahal Houston qualifying notes

HOUSTON, TX . . . Shell driver Kenny Brack will start third for Sunday's Texaco-Havoline Grand Prix of Houston (2:00 PM EDT on ESPN) after he posted a fast lap of 91.901 mph. It is Brack's series leading 11th top-three start of the 2001 CART...

HOUSTON, TX . . . Shell driver Kenny Brack will start third for Sunday's Texaco-Havoline Grand Prix of Houston (2:00 PM EDT on ESPN) after he posted a fast lap of 91.901 mph. It is Brack's series leading 11th top-three start of the 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series season. The CART championship leader with 147 points, Brack saw his lead shrink to five points over Gil de Ferran after the Team Penske driver and defending series champion captured the pole position with a fast lap of 92.513 mph.

Miller Lite driver Max Papis persevered through some mechanical problems to qualify 19th with a fast lap of 89.693 mph. Papis has a pair of top-five results at Houston in three previous starts including a fourth place result in 1999.

Max Papis (Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth/Lola) - "It was a disastrous qualifying for us today. We had the tire pressures too high at the beginning and the car was no where. It was slip sliding around a lot. We have been trying some new parts on the Miller Lite car this weekend and I think we are still working on the development. With this qualifying spot (19th), we are going to have to pull out a new strategy for the race. But we have made a good fuel strategy from the back behind before and we can used it Sunday."

#@!Kenny Brack (Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola) - "I was trying too hard on used tires at the end. I was on a 'do or die' lap with about 10 seconds left in the session. In that position, the tires go off and you don't have that extra grip that you need. Shell Team Rahal did a fantastic job getting our car into this position after a tough day on Friday. We had some understeer in the middle of the corners and we tried to improve the car on that last run. You can't change your approach towards the race. We may have been third in qualifying but I think we have as good a race car as anyone. We can't control what Gil does. We have to focus on our own stuff and work hard. Team Rahal has done that this weekend. I don't think anyone is concerned with contact in the race. Street races are tight and things can happen out there. We can't worry about those things. We have to drive to win the race."

-Team Rahal-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Max Papis , Kenny Brack
Teams Team Penske