CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Rahal Laguna Seca daily update - Friday

PAPIS AND BRACK POSITION THEMSELVES FOR RUN AT LAGUNA POLE <pre> QUALIFYING TIMES -Friday, September 8, 2000 Driver Lap Time Speed 1. Helio Castroneves 67.722-sec. 118.969 mph 2. Gil de...


<pre> QUALIFYING TIMES -Friday, September 8, 2000 Driver Lap Time Speed 1. Helio Castroneves 67.722-sec. 118.969 mph 2. Gil de Ferran 67.823-sec. 118.792 mph 11. Max Papis 68.958-sec. 116.836 mph 13. Kenny Brack 69.542-sec. 115.855 mph

</pre> Team Rahal hit the track at Laguna Seca for the Friday morning session and Max Papis in the Miller Lite car picked up where he left off in 1999 running third in the morning session with a fast lap of 115.477 mph. Kenny Brack driving his Shell Ford-Cosworth/Reynard for just the second time on the course spent the morning session looking for additional grip and learning the track. Brack finished 17th overall in the morning with a fast lap of 113.929 mph.

Brack was in the first half of the afternoon qualifying session based on his 16th place qualifying effort at Vancouver. Brack was second fastest in his half of the session posting a fast lap of 115.585 mph. Brack lost precious track time to a mysterious mechanical malfunction that forced the Shell crew to go to the back up car. When Brack got on track he was able to run just four timed laps prior to the session being red flagged and checkered when Patrick Carpentier of Forsythe Racing was involved in a mishap in which his car ended up behind a tire barrier in turn six.

The ensuing clean-up and a CART mandated change in the tire barrier in turn 6 caused a 90-minute delay which pushed the second half of qualifying back to almost 5:00 PM PDT. When Papis and the rest of the "fast session" took to the track the conditions were radically different than for the first half of the session.

Papis posted a fast lap of 116.836 mph which put him 11th on the provisional grid. Papis qualifying session was cut short, as he had to serve a carryover penalty of eight minutes for causing a stoppage in qualifying at Vancouver.

Helio Castroneves of Penske Racing grabbed the provisional pole with a track record lap of 118.969 mph breaking the track record set by Bryan Herta in a Team Rahal car in 1998.

The critical result of the Friday provisional qualifying was that both Brack and Papis will qualify in the fast session on Saturday afternoon which will give the Rahal drivers the better track conditions (more rubber on track therefore more grip) than the slow session.

#7 Max Papis - Miller Lite Ford Cosworth/Reynard

"We had to rush our qualifying efforts today because of our penalty from Vancouver. The loss of those eight minutes really hurt us. We were sixth when we stopped running and we had to sit there and watch our time slide down the charts. The car isn't exactly where we would like it to be since we had to fight some over steer. We will have a full 30 minutes on Saturday and that will make a difference."

#8 Kenny Brack - Shell Ford Cosworth/Reynard

"We had a problem with our primary car at the beginning of qualifying and so we had to switch to the back-up car. We didn't get on track until the session was half over. In the four laps we ran we did manage to post a pretty good time. I was just getting ready to start my second set of tires when the red flag came out. At least we managed to climb into the fast session, which is a key for Saturday. I guess the mistakes of Vancouver are finally behind us."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Max Papis , Patrick Carpentier , Bryan Herta , Kenny Brack
Teams Team Penske