CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver Ford Racing Friday Notes

Roberto Moreno in the Big Kmart Ford-Cosworth, driving for the injured Christian Fittipaldi posted the fastest time in the second session and the third fastest time overall. Moreno was later awarded the second quickest time after Team Kool Green...

Roberto Moreno in the Big Kmart Ford-Cosworth, driving for the injured Christian Fittipaldi posted the fastest time in the second session and the third fastest time overall. Moreno was later awarded the second quickest time after Team Kool Green driver Paul Tracy was disqualified after failing tech inspection for violating CART's two inch rule which states that no aerodynamic device shall be lower than two inches from the ground.

Moreno was a surprise during qualifying after posting only the 25th best time in the morning session. He continues to look to improve on his current season best starting positions of fifth at both Cleveland and Detroit.

ROBERTO MORENO -11- Big K Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 2nd - "It's really a matter of me getting used to the race track. I have never been to this new track. Our car was not fantastic this morning. We sat down and looked at a few things and also tried some things we recently found in testing and it seemed to pay off. I had a feeling that we could be better of we went to our old street course setup, and my engineer (Todd Bowland) agreed straight away and we just went to it. The car is not 100-percent yet but I think we can make some changes overnight and get the best out of the car at that point." KNOWING THAT YOU ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE A RIDE AGAIN VERY SOON, WHAT MOTIVATES YOU EVERY WEEKEND? "You just go race by race and don't think that far down the road. The other guys are thinking about the Championship, I am just thinking about getting a job for next year. It's difficult but it is all part of my effort to make it in this game. I have been trying very hard since 1996 and I have had a couple of breaks and I am trying to make the most out of them. I hope to have a full time ride next year, which is coming closer and closer to happening. I am actually in negotiations right now. If you start to calculate too much you end up confusing yourself. You just need to take the best from each race. You really just have to think on a race to race basis. I wish all the best to Christian when he comes back and I hope that I was able to add something to the team while I was here."

MICHAEL ANDRETTI -6- K Mart/Texaco/Havoline Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 11th - "We just can't get the car to go any faster. We have a lot of work to do on the setup in order to improve for tomorrow. It's nice to see Roberto up there so at least we know the car is capable." WHAT ARE YOUR IMPRESSIONS OF THE TRACK? "The layout is a lot better. Is it a 100-percent improvement? No, but is it better? Yes. The safety fences are much improved."

MAX PAPIS -7- Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 12th - "We were a bit better this morning when the track was a bit more green. We thought we had the right car, but we ended up with a bit too much push. The car is a bit greasy - slippery all over. We need to find a bit more grip in the car." WHAT ARE YOUR IMPRESSIONS OF THE VANCOUVER TRACK REDESIGN? "It looks like it is very difficult to redesign a track in Vancouver." WITH RAIN IN THE FORECAST FOR SUNDAY, IF THAT WERE TO HAPPEN WHAT WOULD THE RACING BE LIKE? "That could be a nightmare. The track has no grip over the striped curbs and the track has no grip there. I hope it doesn't rain."

BRYAN HERTA -8- Shell Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 9th - "Today's run was pretty good. I missed getting the best out of my second set of tires a bit today but we will save that for tomorrow. We made the right calls this morning in regards to changes but we still can improve it. We kind of went in a circle during qualifying with the changes we made to the car. You don't get much time to improve the car during the session so if it doesn't work you have to go and change it back which is what we did." WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE CHANGES TO THE TRACK? "Well, they put a bunch of tires out on one of the chicanes. It's ridiculous, we have half-million dollar race cars and we are apexing off of dirty tires."

P.J. JONES -20- Tecate/Quaker State Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 8th - "We had a very good run today. John (Ward) did a great job of engineering the car today. On my fast lap I tagged the wall with the left front wheel which cost me a few tenths. It's a lot better being in the Reynard. It is a more even situation for us in regards to the competition because no one has been able to test here, unlike, say Mid-Ohio." HOW ARE THE TRACK CONDITIONS? "It is bumpy and hard to pass. It's a very challenging course when you are out there by yourself but, when you are out there with other cars there is just not much room to pass."

JAN MAGNUSSEN -20- Visteon Ford-Cosworth - Qualified 23rd - "We were nowhere with the car this afternoon during our qualifying session. This morning things were much better than they are now. We made a wrong turn somewhere."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Roberto Moreno , Christian Fittipaldi , Paul Tracy