ELKHART LAKE, WI . . . Team Rahal drivers Max Papis and Kenny Brack spent the first day of practice for Sunday's Motorola 220 (1:00 PM EDT on ESPN) working through mechanical problems and incident plagued sessions. Brack, the CART points leader,...
ELKHART LAKE, WI . . . Team Rahal drivers Max Papis and Kenny Brack spent the first day of practice for Sunday's Motorola 220 (1:00 PM EDT on ESPN) working through mechanical problems and incident plagued sessions. Brack, the CART points leader, finished 11th on the day posting a fast lap of 143.026 mph in the afternoon session. Brack and the Shell team were handicapped in the afternoon when the car's telemetry went out. The Shell team didn't run a late lap on sticker tires like most of the ten cars before them on the timing sheet.
Papis battled a variety of problems over the course of the day. The Miller Lite team suffered and engine failure in the morning that forced the team to use the back-up car. They came back with the primary car in the afternoon session but an off course excursion damaged the lower suspension which again forced the team to the back-up car. Unable to build a rhythm Papis finished 23rd on the day.
Max Papis (Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth/Lola) - "That was a difficult day for our guys. We lost a motor in the primary car this morning and I had to jump into the backup. Then, in the afternoon, we had the primary car back up and running and it felt good. I was trying very hard on old tires and just got the front left tire on the edge of the track. I slid the car into the sand and just clipped the back end of the car. It bent a rear suspension piece and I had to go back to the backup car. The backup car had more push and we didn't have front grip. The balance was better at the end of the session but we never got any consistency because of the jumping back and forth in the two cars. I know we can be better on Saturday. The primary car felt good but we didn't get enough time in it today."
Kenny Brack (Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola) - " We made some good headway this session. We moved up to fifth in the session without any telemetry this afternoon. It was like we were back racing 30 years in time. It was all with seat of the pants racing. It was very different than usual. We ran out of fuel on the last lap because of the telemetry problem. Plus we didn't put on new tires at the end like many of the other cars. Realistically, we're not as fast as the frontrunners right now. But Don (Halliday, Brack's engineer) has found a good direction with the chassis setup and I know we can be better on Saturday. Hey, the Shell Ford team can win this championship and we doing everything we can to make our car fast."