Rain wipes out CART qualifying

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Date: July 21, 2001
Publisher: United Press International
Document Type: Brief article
Length: 369 words

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BROOKLYN, Mich., July 21 CART points leader Kenny Brack of Sweden was awarded the pole position for Sunday's Harrah's 500 after rain canceled qualifying Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.

CART awarded starting positions based on Saturday morning's practice times. Brack turned in the fastest lap of 229.812 miles per hour in his Ford-Cosworth/Lola.

"To me I don't care what way they do it, whether they take speeds from today's practice or yesterday's practice," said Brack, who Friday had a lap of 226.351. "No matter what way they did, even if it's based on points, we'd be in front."

Starting alongside Brack will be Team Rahal teammate Max Papis of Italy who had the second-fastest lap of 228.695 mph also in a Ford-Cosworth/Lola.

"We put a 229 mph lap this morning and we weren't even looking for it," Papis said. "Now look where we're at."

Rookie Toranosuke Takagi of Japan and Paul Tracy of Canada will start in the second row. Takagi posted a lap of 227.913 and Tracy had a lap of 227.783.

Tony Kanaan of Brazil and Michel Jourdain Jr. of Mexico comprise the third row after clocking laps of 227.661 and 227.301. Bryan Herta and Japan's Shinji Nakano were next.

Only seven drivers were able to complete qualifying runs Saturday before it started raining. Rain stopped for about 30 minutes before coming down again.

It is the fourth pole position of the season for Brack, who also started from the front at the season-opener in Mexico, at Texas and Milwaukee.

Brack captured his first two career CART victories this year, both in succession at Motegi, Japan and in Milwaukee. He leads Michael Andretti in the points standings, 84-73. He did not pick up a point for getting the pole because the grid was set based on practice.

Brazil's Max Wilson of Arciero Brooke Racing had a hard crash during the morning practice and was taken to a hospital where he was diagnosed with bruised ribs.

Sunday's Harrah's 500 will mark the last CART race at Michigan International Speedway. The superspeedway will host an Indy Racing Northern Light Series 300-mile race starting in July 2002.

The forecast for Sunday and Monday is for more rain in the area.

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"Rain wipes out CART qualifying." UPI Archive: General News, 21 July 2001. Gale General OneFile, https%3A%2F%2Flink.gale.com%2Fapps%2Fdoc%2FA440426817%2FGPS%3Fu%3Dwikipedia%26sid%3DGPS%26xid%3D15d8f985. Accessed 22 Aug. 2019.

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