The first day of practice at Nazareth Speedway saw Team Rahal near the top of the speed charts. In the morning session, which was run in temps in the upper 80s, Kenny Brack piloted the Shell car to the third fastest lap (164.395 mph) while Max ...
The first day of practice at Nazareth Speedway saw Team Rahal near the top of the speed charts. In the morning session, which was run in temps in the upper 80s, Kenny Brack piloted the Shell car to the third fastest lap (164.395 mph) while Max Papis drove the Miller Lite machine to fourth at 163.747 mph on the mile oval of Nazareth Speedway.
The afternoon session saw temps peaking in the low 90s yet despite the conditions the session belonged to the Team Rahal cars as Papis and Brack topped the charts running 1-2. Papis paced the field with a fast lap of 164.896 mph, the second fastest lap of the day while Brack's fast lap of 164.585 was fourth best overall.
Four of the top-five speeds on Friday were posted by Lola chassis and three of the top-five speeds were powered by Ford-Cosworth engines. Team Rahal runs a Ford-Cosworth/Lola package.
Temperatures are expected to fall into the 70s for tomorrow's qualifying session, which is slated for 1:30 PM EDT. Kenny Brack will be shooting for his fourth consecutive front row start and his third pole position of the 2001 season.
Max Papis (#7 Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth/Lola) - "This is our first short oval race with the Lola. We're still exploring the car. We are quite a bit away from the maximum performance. We were running race setup for most of the practice today. We thought we'd give it a shot for a fast lap and we ended up second. The Lola is a different beast for us. Much different from the Reynard in setup. We only tested two days at Phoenix on an oval this winter. Everything else was on the road courses. We're sneaking up on the car step-by-step. On the ovals, I don't think the Lola is really that much different than the Reynard. Plus Helio's (Castroneves) is different from any other Reynard, because Penske has made so many changes. Today was hot and the conditions were very tough. Saturday will be very different with the cooler temperatures predicted. This afternoon was very tough on long runs for our car. This track is more like a street course. We have to have concentration on qualifying. The car was sliding around a lot and getting loose. It will be tough for overtaking."
Kenny Brack (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola) - "It was an up and down day for us. It was very hot this afternoon and we tried a lot of different things on the car. The track really changed from the morning to the afternoon. So it was good for us to work on a lot of different settings. This track is very interesting. It's different than most ovals I have run. You go uphill into turn two and then downhill into turn three. It's tough place to pass. But I think overtaking is possible with these cars. It should be an interesting race with the slower cars too. They will make it tough for the front cars on Sunday. You have to be ready to make a move quickly to pass."