CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver: Team Player's Friday report

Team Player's driver Paul Tracy takes provisional pole at Molson Indy Vancouver. Vancouver, British Columbia, July 25, 2003 Team Player's driver Paul Tracy set the pace in the first qualifying session of the second consecutive Canadian stop of...

Team Player's driver Paul Tracy takes provisional pole at Molson Indy Vancouver.

Vancouver, British Columbia, July 25, 2003 Team Player's driver Paul Tracy set the pace in the first qualifying session of the second consecutive Canadian stop of the 2003 Champ Car World Series. For his effort, the Canadian driver took the provisional pole, earning another championship point and a guaranteed spot on the front row for Sunday's Molson Indy Vancouver.

Racing on the 1.781 mile temporary street course, Tracy clocked a hot lap of one minute, 1.706 seconds (167.219 km/hour). With only two minutes remaining in the session, Bruno Junquiera squeaked by his teammate Sebastien Bourdain to take the second spot, clocking a fast lap of one minute, 1.845 seconds (166.844 km/hour), a scant 0.76 seconds ahead of Bourdain's time of one minute, 1.921 seconds (166.639 km/hour). Canadian Alex Tagliani had the fourth fastest time, of one minute, 2.032 seconds (166.341 km/hour). Tracy's Team Player's teammate Patrick Carpentier also qualified in the top ten, his fast lap time of one minute, 2.348 seconds (165.833) earning him the eighth spot.

"It's very important in Vancouver to set the fastest time in Friday qualifying," said Tracy, who currently leads the point standings with a 15-point lead over his closest competition. "This gives us the leeway in the second qualifying. Team Player's can now either concentrate on race set up or save tires for the race. But, I think that we will attack again, and I hope we can get into a good rhythm for the second session, and get more laps in, as well. The red flag threw everything out of whack, and at the end it was difficult to get a quick lap."

Tracy's teammate agreed. "At the end, it was really tough to get a clear lap with everybody out. There was a lot of traffic but it was the same for everyone, really," said Patrick Carpentier. "Things did not work out the way I would have liked today. On my first run the car was under-steering. Then on my second run, I flat-spotted my tires so the Player's car couldn't turn left." Carpentier remains optimistic for the rest of the weekend, however. "The car is much better than what the results show," he added. "At the start of the session, I sincerely believed that we would do much better than we did. We have to do better tomorrow, we must move up on the final grid as there are too many turns on this course to make our way up during the race."

Racing fans can follow Team Player's progress at Molson Indy Vancouver throughout the weekend by logging on to the team's web site. They can also watch the race live on the Global network at 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Sébastien Bourdais