CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver: Forsythe Racing Friday report

Paul Tracy 1 Indeck Forsythe Racing Lola/Ford Paul Tracy qualified in provisional 1st place pole position with a lap time of 60.870 seconds / 105.333mph, guaranteeing himself a front row start for the Vancouver Molson Indy on...

Paul Tracy 1 Indeck Forsythe Racing Lola/Ford

Paul Tracy qualified in provisional 1st place pole position with a lap time of 60.870 seconds / 105.333mph, guaranteeing himself a front row start for the Vancouver Molson Indy on Sunday.

"I'm very happy -- we didn't start this morning with a good set up, but we made some changes and it came much better. I knew that it gets really busy with traffic here in Vancouver later in the session, so we set out to get a good time early on. On my first set of Bridgestone tires I set a good time and came in to watch the monitors for a while ... that's always a bit nerve wracking, but after a while I went out again and backed up my early quick lap and that's great. We've got 100 horse power less than last year and we're still almost the same speed around the track, and that tells you what a great team I've got. And the track is very good -- it looked dirty when we walked the course last night, but these guys cleaned it really well and it is fast! Maybe even quicker tomorrow with more rubber on the track ... we'll see".

Patrick Carpentier 7 Indeck Forsythe Racing Lola/Ford

Patrick Carpentier qualified in 3rd place with a lap time of 61.398 seconds / 104.427 mph.

"I'm pretty happy -- third is not too bad! My first set of Bridgestones [tires] went well but I stayed out too long at the end on my second set and got caught in the traffic. Its more difficult to get a clean lap here, but as long as I'm in the first few rows for the start of the race, we'll be good. I don't thi9nk we could have got pole today, I'm sure we'll be quicker tomorrow."

Rodolfo Lavin 3 Corona Forsythe Racing Lola/Ford

Rodolfo Lavin qualified 16th with a time of 62.813 seconds / 102.074 mph.

A disappointed Rodolfo Lavin explained his first qualifying session, "This was a bad afternoon for me -- we only had one lap in the morning practice because we had a problem with a fuel line and so we had to make an engine change ... so I didn't get time to really find my exact braking points and the best lines on the track and through the corners -- so this first qualifying session was more about me finding out about the track. On my last lap I was 5 10ths quicker than my posted time and that would have put me in the middle of the grid, but that doesn't count when the session had finished ... so hopefully we should be much quicker tomorrow and in a better position for the race".

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Paul Tracy , Rodolfo Lavin