CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Rahal Miller Lite 225 Qualifying Report

<pre> QUALIFYING TIMES - Saturday, June 3, 2000 Driver Lap Time Speed 1. Juan Montoya 20.899 sec. 177.769 mph 2. Dario Franchitti 20.954 sec. 177.303...

<pre> QUALIFYING TIMES - Saturday, June 3, 2000 Driver Lap Time Speed 1. Juan Montoya 20.899 sec. 177.769 mph 2. Dario Franchitti 20.954 sec. 177.303 mph 3. Patrick Carpentier 20.964 sec. 177.218 mph 9. Max Papis 21.120 sec. 175.909 mph 16. Kenny Brack 21.329 sec. 174.185 mph

</pre> #7 Max Papis - Miller Lite Ford Cosworth/Reynard Papis and the Miller Lite car focused on finding speed in the morning session looking to improve the cars handling for the qualifying session. Papis was able to trim nearly a half-second off his best Friday time in the morning practice posting a time of 21.264-sec./174.718 mph. With a minor tweak Papis' car improved for qualifying. Papis turned his fastest lap of the weekend on his second qualifying lap. Papis lap of 21.120 sec./175.909 put him ninth on the opening grid for the Miller Lite 225. "We improved the car from the morning session," said Papis. "The car was bottoming in turns one and two and that made it slide too much. Overall the car was pretty competitive for qualifying. Just look at the times, the whole field is so close. One slip and you lose two tenths of a second. That's ten or 12 positions on the grid. We know we have a good race setup. We ran a number of laps on Friday with full tanks and the car handled very well. Now we'll just have to see how the race unfolds. You can pass almost anywhere on this track so we should be able to move up."

#8 Kenny Brack - Shell Ford Cosworth/Reynard The overnight changes the Shell team made to Kenny Brack's car paid an immediate dividend in the morning practice. Brack was able to improve seven tenths of a second and posted the fast lap in the opening half of Saturday morning practice (20.972-sec./177.150 mph). Brack would finish the morning fifth overall, but he was only six-one hundredths of a second off the fast lap of the weekend. In qualifying the Shell car developed a mysterious over steer which cost Brack precious tenth's of a second. Brack's fast lap of 21.329 seconds was four-tenths of a second slower than his fast lap of the morning. As a result Brack will start 16th for the Miller Lite 225, his first non-top seven start in CART. "That wasn't the lap time we were looking for in qualifying," said Brack. "The car just got too loose (oversteer) and I was fighting to keep it off the wall. I know people like Jimmy [Vasser] had trouble in turn four but I had a lot of problems in turn two in qualifying. I am not very pleased because I felt going into qualifying that I had a car that had a chance for the pole. This track is one that you can start further back and still run for the lead if everything works right on the car. This track is so wide that it is possible to race side-by-side. That's good for us tomorrow because we have some ground to make up."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Max Papis , Patrick Carpentier , Dario Franchitti , Kenny Brack