CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Rahal Track Talk - Day 2 at Road America

BRACK CLAIMS TOP-TEN START AT ROAD AMERICA <pre> QUALIFYING TIMES -Friday, August 18, 2000 Driver Lap Time Speed 1. Dario Franchitti 99.866-sec. 145.924 mph 2. Gil de Ferran ...

BRACK CLAIMS TOP-TEN START AT ROAD AMERICA

<pre> QUALIFYING TIMES -Friday, August 18, 2000 Driver Lap Time Speed 1. Dario Franchitti 99.866-sec. 145.924 mph 2. Gil de Ferran 100.154-sec. 145.504 mph 3. Alex Tagliani 100.260-sec. 145.350 mph 9. Kenny Brack 100.977-sec. 144.318 mph 15. Max Papis 101.458-sec. 143.634 mph

</pre> The morning session found both Team Rahal cars running among the leaders. Papis was finally able to run extensive laps on the four-mile course at Road America and he finished the session third fastest with a fast lap of 101.615-sec./143.412 mph. Brack finished sixth in the morning session with a fast lap of 102.052-sec./142.798 mph.

Papis was in the first qualifying session and he posted the third fastest time of the group with a lap of 101.458-sec./143.634 mph. Papis would eventually end up 15th on the starting grid for Sunday's Motorola 220. Brack held onto the ninth spot he claimed on Friday by posting a lap of 100.977-sec./144.318 mph. He narrowly avoided an on track incident when Juan Montoya pulled back onto the track in front of him in turn five. The evasive maneuvers cost Brack a fast lap. The ninth place start is Brack's 12th top-ten start of the 2000 FedEx Championship Series.

#7 Max Papis - Miller Lite Ford Cosworth/Reynard "We were pleased with this morning's changes when we were third. The biggest improvement was the car was a lot better through the corners. This afternoon the understeer came back into the handling. I could get the car into the corner well but the front end just pushed too much. We made some adjustments were hoping to have a few more laps at the end session, but the red flag for Carpentier left us with time for only two laps. Last year we started in the middle of the pack [14th] and finished fifth. We have the same challenge cut out for us again this weekend."

#8 Kenny Brack - Shell Ford Cosworth/Reynard "I was on a hot lap going into turn five and Juan out braked himself and pulled back onto the track in front of me. I just barely missed him. I am sure he didn't see me coming down the hill. He came over after the session and apologized." "We haven't hit the right spot on the chassis setup yet. We need a better balance with the car. We are getting closer. I don't have as much experience here as some of the other drivers so I am still learning a lot about the course. Still we are getting better with every lap and it is a long race on Sunday."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Max Papis , Alex Tagliani , Dario Franchitti , Kenny Brack