IRL: Michigan: Honda Racing Friday report

Brack leads Hondas at Michigan Speedway Kenny Brack, a previous pole qualifier and race leader at Michigan International Speedway, posted the second-fastest time Friday in opening practice for Sunday's Michigan Indy 400. The Team Rahal driver...

Brack leads Hondas at Michigan Speedway

Kenny Brack, a previous pole qualifier and race leader at Michigan International Speedway, posted the second-fastest time Friday in opening practice for Sunday's Michigan Indy 400. The Team Rahal driver was the quickest of the six Honda-powered drivers in the field, running a best lap of 222.983 mph around the 2.0-mile circuit in the Irish Hills of South-Central Michigan.

Brack, the 1998 Indy Racing League champion and 1999 Indianapolis 500 winner, has run well at Michigan Speedway, qualifying on the pole in 2001 and leading the race in both 2000 and '01, his only two previous visits to MIS. Brack's best speed was bettered only by Sam Hornish Jr., at 223.618 mph, as the two-time defending IRL champion debuted a new Chevrolet engine, developed by Cosworth, a subsidiary of the Ford Motor Company.

Kansas Speedway race winner Bryan Herta led the Andretti Green Racing effort today, and was fourth quickest overall, with teammate Dan Wheldon eighth and IRL IndyCar Series points leader Tony Kanaan rounding out the top 10.

Kenny Brack (#15 Pioneer/Miller Lite/Team Rahal Honda) Second fastest today:

"It's nice to be back in the top three again, but it is only practice. Here, the draft definitely gives you some added speed. We worked on race setup in the afternoon and the car felt pretty good later in the session. We still have to get a good race setup for 400 miles. Qualifying on the pole would be nice but here at MIS it's all about the race. Having a good car in the draft for the entire race distance is very important. The Cosworth engine's performance today doesn't really surprise me. I drove a Cosworth for Team Rahal for two years and I know those guys can produce horsepower. So, Sam will be competitive; no doubt about that. We just need to get our car better because the Honda has the power, too."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Kenny Brack , Dan Wheldon , Sam Hornish Jr.