CHAMPCAR/CART: Texas Ford Racing Friday notes and quotes

Notes: BRACK POSTS FASTEST TIME DURING FRIDAY PRACTICE - Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack posted the fastest speed of the day during practice for the Firestone Firehawk 600 at the Texas Motor Speedway. The sixth-fastest driver in the morning...


BRACK POSTS FASTEST TIME DURING FRIDAY PRACTICE - Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack posted the fastest speed of the day during practice for the Firestone Firehawk 600 at the Texas Motor Speedway. The sixth-fastest driver in the morning session, Brack was the fastest during the afternoon by lapping the 1.5-mile tri-oval in an average speed of 233.785 miles per hour. Tony Kanaan, who was the fastest driver in the morning, was second quickest, while Paul Tracy was third.


KENNY BRACK (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth) - Fastest in practice - "I think we're running very competitively and it's better to be first than 25th obviously. I think the times you saw today are the result of a lot of drafting going on, so (my time) was a combination of having a good set up and catching the draft at the right moment. We tried to do some long runs in the afternoon but unfortunately the car broke down so we didn't get to do that, but everything else feels good and now it's time to focus on tomorrow and then on Sunday."

BRYAN HERTA (#77 Zakspeed/Forsythe Ford-Cosworth) - 5th fastest in practice - "The car was a little loose through Turns Three and Four and you have to be really careful coming out of Four, but we made some good improvements today and things are good. I'm happy with the time I got because I got it on my own and I'm looking forward to qualifying and the race."

MAX PAPIS (#7 Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth) - 6th fastest in practice - "The car is good and we're right there. We worked very diligently today on our race set up because we really want to be strong during the race and I don't think qualifying will be a very important issue. I felt very comfortable in the car and I think we were one of the cars that did the most laps during the afternoon with a couple of very strong long runs."
SO YOU DIDN'T CONCENTRATE TOO MUCH ON TRYING TO FIND SPEED. "No, no, we worked on our race set up more than anything else, and tomorrow morning is when we'll try to go fast."
IS IT BUMPY OUT THERE? "You know it's a good track. I think it's more of a NASCAR track than a CART track because we don't need all the banking to go fast around the corners, but it's still fun, although it's a little bit too narrow, especially when entering turns One and Four."
HOW ABOUT THROUGH THE TRI-OVAL? "The tri-oval is not a big deal. The problem is when you turn into the corner it's a bit tight and it probably won't let us go two-wide through there during the race."

ORIOL SERVIA (#22 Sigma Autosport Ford-Cosworth) - 13th fastest in practice - "We've been on this track all day, but I'm still surprised how fast we're going. Usually when you go to a track, after 10 minutes or so you're used to the speeds, but after three hours I'm still not used to it. It's going to be a long race and I think that having a consistent car is going to very, very important."
DOES THIS TRACK REMIND YOU OF ANY OTHER TRACKS ON THE SCHEDULE? "I don't know. At Fontana you go faster but everything seems to happen slower. It's a lot smoother at Fontana and your movements are a lot slower, but here you have the feeling of going 300 miles per hour because it's bumpy and a lot tighter."

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/Forsythe Ford-Cosworth) - 16th fastest in practice - "Our set up was not very good because we were blistering the tires after just 15 laps, so tomorrow morning we're going to go out on full tanks because we have to improve our suspension set up."
HAS YOUR WRIST BEEN GIVING YOU ANY DIFFICULTY? "It's going to be a long race and the track is very fast, so I've been putting a lot of strain on it with all the turning. With the banked turns and the short straights the track is too quick for its length. It's just one-and-a-half miles long, yet it's just as fast as Fontana or Michigan, so it's hard on my left wrist with all the steering. I'm trying to modify my driving style a little bit to using more of my right hand instead of my left so I'll be more comfortable during the race."

MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR. (#16 Herdez Bettenhausen Ford-Cosworth) - 18th fastest in practice - YOU LOST A LOT OF TRACK TIME DURING THE AFTERNOON TODAY. "We had many problems and had to change cars so we lost a lot of time, but the car is alright and I think we'll be okay. Hopefully we'll be good for qualifying tomorrow, but for the race I'm pretty confident that we'll do good."
WHAT'S IT LIKE TO DRIVE A TRACK LIKE THIS? "Obviously the banking gives the track so much grip in the middle and your eyes want to go somewhere else, but like anything else you get used to it. I like it a lot and I think it will be good for racing."

-Ford Racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Tony Kanaan
Teams Team Zakspeed