CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Rahal Portland Friday notes

PORTLAND, OR . . . Team Rahal Shell driver Kenny Brack paced the morning session with a fast lap of 120.950 mph and finished fourth overall on the first day of practice for Sunday's (ESPN-4:00 PM EDT) Freightliner/G.I. Joe's 200 at Portland ...

PORTLAND, OR . . . Team Rahal Shell driver Kenny Brack paced the morning session with a fast lap of 120.950 mph and finished fourth overall on the first day of practice for Sunday's (ESPN-4:00 PM EDT) Freightliner/G.I. Joe's 200 at Portland International Raceway. Brack's teammate Max Papis battled handling problems in the morning session but made significant progress in the afternoon session to end the day 16th with a fast lap of 119.654 mph.

Brack, the CART points leader, is looking for his fourth pole position of the 2001 season and is searching for his sixth front row start this year. Practice will resume tomorrow morning at PIR and qualifying is scheduled for Saturday afternoon (4:45 PM-6:00 PM EDT).

Brack started fifth at Portland in 2000 en-route to a sixth place result. Papis qualified 13th in 2000 but fell victim to a first lap incident which ended his race prematurely.

Max Papis (#7 Miller Genuine Draft Ford-Cosworth/Lola) - "We were really off on our setup this morning. I couldn't get the car to turn, there was just too much understeer. We worked all during the lunch break to change the setup. It was better in the afternoon but it's not what we want yet. I do think we are heading in the right direction. We just didn't start from the position we wanted in the morning. The car just wasn't good. I feel more confident now going into Saturday."

Kenny Brack (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola) - "We were pretty fast today. First in the first session. That felt good after we struggled at Detroit. I feel a lot more comfortable with the track this year. We just need to improve the setup of the car little. Coming in last year as a rookie was a little tougher. We don't have to learn the track on the first day. Now we know what to expect. The grip in the track changed this afternoon. The sun made the track more slick than the morning. The track should get better as more rubber sets in. I think the Ford people are also learning to work with the new pop-off valve after last week in Detroit."

-TR

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Max Papis , Kenny Brack