Toronto, Ontario, July 15, 2000 Patrick Carpentier and Alex Tagliani managed to improve their positions on the starting grid but the Team Player's drivers face a stiff challenge in Sunday's Molson Indy Toronto race on the 1.755-mile street ...
Toronto, Ontario, July 15, 2000 Patrick Carpentier and Alex Tagliani managed to improve their positions on the starting grid but the Team Player's drivers face a stiff challenge in Sunday's Molson Indy Toronto race on the 1.755-mile street course, where opportunities to pass are limited.
"Toronto has been a tough race for Team Player's but anything can happen," said Carpentier, who turned a fast lap in 58.556 seconds today - about eight-tenths of a second faster than he had all weekend and qualified on the inside of Row 9 for the 112-lap race. "Right now, we're having some problems with the mechanical grip as we come out of the corners. The car is working well turning a lap, but it's still loose when we try to accelerate out of the corners. If we can get that stabilized, I think we can have a good race."
The front row of the starting grid belongs to a pair of Brazilians, as Helio Castroneves earned his second pole of the season, turning a fast lap in 57.200 seconds, three-tenths of a second faster than Cristiano da Matta, who recorded the best qualifying session of his CART career.
Carpentier said the understeer problems in the corners is costing about one-tenth of a second in each corner, "which might not seem like that much but there are 11 or 12 turns and on a lap it adds up. Obviously, I'm not happy about the situation but all of us are working extremely hard to solve the problem. It's just unfortunate that we couldn't have a better qualifying performance in front of our home fans."
Tagliani advanced three places on the starting grid in the second qualifying session, where he clocked a fast lap of 58.772 seconds, putting him on the inside of Row 10.
"The Player's crew made some adjustments and tried some different set-ups but we couldn't quite come up with a package that could get us closer to the front of the grid," said Tagliani. "It's disappointing but we're just going to have to sit down and look at the results we've had from track to track and put those together to come up with a solution."
Racing fans can follow the Team Player's drivers through live timing and scoring by logging on to the web site at www.teamplayers.ca. They can also watch the Molson Indy Toronto live on Global TV at 2:00 p.m. (ET) on Sunday.
In today's Atlantic qualifying, Team Player's driver Andrew Bordin of Woodbridge, Ont., earned his first pole of the season, clocking a track record lap of 1 minute, 6.874 seconds, shaving more than a half-second off the mark of 1:07.463 that Alex Barron set in 1997. Ireland's Dan Wheldon shares the front row with Bordin for Sunday's 35-lap race, which starts at noon.