TORONTO, Ontario, Canada (July 5, 2002)-- Today's provisional qualifying session was a disappointment for Team Motorola and driver Michael Andretti after they ended the day in 17th position with a time of 59.760 seconds. "We're still a long way...
TORONTO, Ontario, Canada (July 5, 2002)-- Today's provisional qualifying session was a disappointment for Team Motorola and driver Michael Andretti after they ended the day in 17th position with a time of 59.760 seconds. "We're still a long way off from where we want to be for final qualifying," said Andretti. "We lost time this morning with different problems and that really hurts when you don't have a lot of time on the track." Team Motorola lost time in the morning session after mechanical problems with both the primary car and back-up car limited their on track running. "Despite our problems in the morning session we still have quite a bit of work to do on the setup of the car." Said Kim Green. "Tomorrow mornings session needs to be very productive to get more overall grip on the car and just basically get a better race car."
Cristiano da Matta took today's provisional pole and one championship point with a time of 58.487 seconds while Bruno Junqueira was second with a time of 58.724 seconds. Michael's technical partner, Paul Tracy, was third with a time of 58.953 seconds. Dario Franchitti, a second technical partner to Michael was fifth overall with a time of 59.016 seconds. Team Motorola will resume practice tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. with final qualifying to follow at 1:45 p.m. ET.
Michael Andretti -- #39 Honda-Lola-Bridgestone
"We're still a pretty long way off from where we want to be for final qualifying. Our balance on the Team Motorola car is just not right and we don't really have any grip. Not running a full session this morning really hurt us, any track time you lose hurts you. My teammates (Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy) seem to be in much better shape with their cars so we'll definitely go back after this session and take a look at what they've done and see if it will help us."
Sunday will be Michael's 298th start of his career.
In 2001, Michael started 13th and finished 1st in this race.
Michael leads all active Champ Car drivers with 297 race starts, 42 wins, 32 poles and 6,563 laps led.
Kim Green -- General Manager
"17th isn't where Michael Andretti or Team Motorola belongs at Toronto. We need to get the race car better. We had some problems with traffic this afternoon but I'm sure other people had problems with traffic too. We need to position ourselves tomorrow with two things; a better race car and better track position so we can make sure Michael can get the most out of the race car on Sunday."
In the morning session there were mechanical problems with both the primary car and the back-up car that limited their on track time.