<pre> QUALIFYING TIMES - Friday, May 12, 2000 Driver Lap Time Speed 1. Juan Montoya 26.237 212.540 2. Kenny Brack 26.393 211.283 3. Jimmy Vasser 26.455 210.788 12. Max...
<pre> QUALIFYING TIMES - Friday, May 12, 2000 Driver Lap Time Speed 1. Juan Montoya 26.237 212.540 2. Kenny Brack 26.393 211.283 3. Jimmy Vasser 26.455 210.788 12. Max Papis 26.732 208.604
</pre> #7 Max Papis - Miller Lite Ford Cosworth/Reynard Papis continued the fine tuning process in the morning session running middle of the pack for the majority of the session as the team focused on the race set-up. Late in the session as the team began the speed runs, Papis experienced problems with the engine on his primary car. With less than ten minutes in the session, the Miller Lite crew rolled out the back-up car and Papis posted his fast lap of the morning at 26.601 sec/209.631 mph. Because of the problems with the primary car Papis morning speed was the marker which counted for qualifying and that ranked him in the middle of the qualifying order. The afternoon qualifying session was held under heavy clouds, cooling temperatures and increasing winds, in short radically different weather than the previous three practices. Papis qualifying effort finished 12th overall at 26.732 sec/208.604 mph. "The wind was a factor for me on the qualifying run," said Papis. "The car actually felt better today than last year when we qualified third. However we lost a lot of time entering turns one and two. It felt like someone was pulling a hand brake. I am really puzzled by the run because the car felt really good through those corners. We have had to come from behind before and I think we can do it again here."
Papis Notable: Papis has 12 career top-five results, eight of which have come when he started in 11th or higher. That includes the 2000 CART opener at Miami where he started 13th and won the race.
#8 Kenny Brack - Shell Ford Cosworth/Reynard Pardon Kenny Brack if he wanted to skip Friday's from now until the end of time. At each of the previous four CART events, Friday has had a way of testing Brack and the Shell team's patience. Friday at Motegi would be no different. Brack continued to run fast in the morning session posting a lap of 26.113 sec/213.549 mph. The only other driver to post a 26.1 was defending CART champion Juan Montoya. Having posted the fastest lap of the weekend practice Brack was the last driver to take the track for qualifying. The afternoon session's weather conditions held the times in check, still when Brack took the track Montoya held the pole (26.237 sec) followed by Vasser (26.455 sec). Brack clicked off impressive warm-up laps with his final pre-qualifying lap being quick enough he would have secured the sixth spot on the grid. As Brack took the green flag for his qualifying attempt, his engine expired in a trail of smoke. Brack wisely steered the car to the top of the track out of the racing line. The Shell crew sprang into action pulling out the back-up car while Brack got a lift from CART safety to the pits. Brack's engine expired with 15 minutes remaining in the qualifying session. Brack reached the pits with six minutes remaining. With less than two minutes till the session would end, Brack's yellow, red and white Shell car rolled onto the track. Because he has taken the green on his first attempt, Brack could warm-up the car, but would only be allowed one timed lap. All Brack did was manage to post the second fastest qualifying lap at 26.393 sec/211.283 mph. The position on the grid was remarkable considering the tight timeframe under which the initial accident took place." "I guess Friday just isn't our day," said Brack. "We haven't had good luck on a single Friday all season long. The Shell crew did a fantastic job getting the back-up car ready. I had a feeling in the morning session that something might go wrong with the engine, but we didn't have time to change it out. You can never give up and my Shell team didn't. I really wish we would have had time to put on a fresh set of Firestone tires on my second qualifying run. We made the run with used tires. That speaks volumes about the quality of the Firestone Firehawk that I could take a used set and still nearly put the car on pole position. We can put the problems of Friday behind us and focus on Saturday. Saturday has been a great day for us at each stop this season so since we kept the Friday luck alive I want to keep the Saturday karma alive as well. Finally we can prepare for the race."
Brack Notable: Brack has never posted a pole position in Indy/Champ Car racing. Kenny's last pole position came at Silverstone in 1996 when he was racing Formula 3000.