CHAMPCAR/CART: Ford Racing Detroit qaualifying

Player's Forsythe driver Patrick Carpentier will start sixth for tomorrow's Tenneco Automotive Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle. Carpentier, the fastest qualifier in the first qualifying session, posted a lap of 1 minute, 14.181 seconds (113.851 ...

CHAMPCAR/CART: Ford Racing Detroit qaualifying

Player's Forsythe driver Patrick Carpentier will start sixth for tomorrow's Tenneco Automotive Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle. Carpentier, the fastest qualifier in the first qualifying session, posted a lap of 1 minute, 14.181 seconds (113.851 mph) to match his season-best starting position on a road/street course (Monterrey). Helio Castroneves captured the pole with his lap of 1 minute, 13.530 seconds (114.928 mph), rookie Bruno Junquiera was second with a lap of 1 minute, 13.581 seconds (114.780 mph), and Gil de Ferran rounded out the top three with a lap of 1 minute, 13.666 seconds (114.647 mph).

CART's current championship points leader, Kenny Brack, posted a qualifying lap of 1 minute, 14.699 seconds (113.062 mph), and will start tomorrow's race from 10th on the grid. Brack qualified second at Long Beach in the only other road or street course race thus far this season, where he finished 25th after suffering a broken gearbox.

When driver Michel Jourdain, Jr., takes the green flag for tomorrow's race, it will mark the 200th start for Herdez Bettenhausen ... Oriol Servia qualified 12th at Detroit a year ago en route to his first (and only) podium finish (3rd) ... Patrick Carpentier has now qualified among the top 10 on four occasions this season (Monterrey, Texas, Motegi, Detroit).

PATRICK CARPENTIER (#32 Player's/ Forsythe Ford-Cosworth) - 6th -

"I was quite a bit too loose. We've been brushing the walls all weekend - pretty much every session, but I was a bit too loose. I'm happy, but I'm not. We had a lap going that was halfway through and would've given us a (one minute) 13.5 (second) and that's what we needed to be up there, but we couldn't complete it because the red flag came out for Tags. We just had to finish the last section, but we've been really steady through there all weekend, so even if I was doing just the same time as before, we would've had a really, really good time. That's why I'm a little bit disappointed, because I know I could've done it."

ARE YOU UPSET WITH HIM?

"No, not really, because it happens when you push hard and drive these cars to the limit, and the lap before on used tires I almost hit the wall too. If you miss the race line by as much as a foot you're done because the car doesn't turn anymore. That's what happened to him - it didn't turn, he dropped the tires and it spun him around, so it can happen to anybody."

KENNY BRACK (#8 Shell Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 10th - "We put the fastest lap we did all weekend in there so that was good, but we're still a long way behind the Penskes and we have to work on our setup for tomorrow."

ARE YOU HAVING TROUBLE GETTING DOWN THE STRAIGHTS OR THROUGH THE CORNERS?

"The car is both over- and understeering, so we don't quite know right now what it is, but hopefully we can figure it out tonight and put together a good racecar for tomorrow."

ORIOL SERVIA (#22 Sigma Autosport Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 11th -

DID YOU HAVE ANYTHING LEFT IN THE CAR?

"Not a huge amount to tell you the truth. The last lap that I did was just perfect - clean, nice, on the edge and with no mistakes, but I don't think it would've improved us a lot. I think maybe we could've improved fourth-tenths at the most, but that was before (Alex) Tagliani hit the wall." HOW HARD IS IT TO PASS HERE? "Well, last year I started 11th and finished third, so we'll see. It's not going to be easy - it's never easy, but we'll give it everything we've got and hope for a strong finish."

MAX WILSON (#25 Redback Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 21st -

We had to stop with eight minutes to go because we had to serve a penalty that was assessed during qualifying at Long Beach, so I did just one quick lap on the last set of tires that we put on. The following two laps I thought I would be quicker, but I got caught in traffic on the first, and then (Alex) Zanardi spun in front of me on the next. I think we could've improved and it was a shame that we couldn't be out there at the end when the track gets quicker. The car doesn't feel too bad, but we'll make a coupe of improvements and make it better for tomorrow."

HOW MUCH DIFFERENT IS THE NEW ENGINE PACKAGE ON A ROAD COURSE?

"The engine is much more driveable than the one I used to have, and I haven't had any trouble getting traction. If the car improves somewhat for tomorrow, it will be important to have good traction so we can try and pass people."

MAX PAPIS (#7 Miller Lite Ford-Cosworth) - Qualified 24th -

"It was kind of a weird session and the red flag came out while I was on the second set of tires. We tried something different on the car and we struggled - we thought we would improve it and we didn't. We tried our best and it didn't come out as good as we wanted it."

HOW DIFFICULT WILL IT BE FOR YOU TO COME TO THE FRONT TOMORROW, ESPECIALLY ON A STREET COURSE?

"I'm going to kick some butt - I am very motivated. I am doing my best and I was out there fighting to get the best out of the car, and myself and this is very difficult and very competitive. Tomorrow we are in a position to play a different fuel strategy and that usually plays itself out very well."

-Ford Racing

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