A good morning to all once again from California Speedway in Fontana, California for a full schedule of Champ Car action. Today's on-track activity kicks off with a practice session (8:309:30 a.m.) followed by the Champ Car qualifying session (11:301:30 p.m.) that will determine the grid order for The 500 Presented by Toyota-Round 18 of the CART FedEx Championship Series. The weather in Fontana, California at 8:28 a.m. is 54° F and hazy with a 6 mph wind from the northeast.
After two rounds of practice yesterday around the 2.029-mile superspeedway, #33 TAGLIANI (Player's/Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Reynard/Bridgestone) of Player's/Forsythe Racing remained on top of the speed charts at 31.252 seconds (233.726 mph).
CART FedEx Championship Series Starter Jim Swintal waves the GREEN FLAG at 8:30 a.m. to open the weekend's third session of practice for the Champ Cars.
YELLOW FLAG at 8:31 a.m., #12 BRACK spun and continued on the backstretch without contact exiting Turn 2.
GREEN FLAG at 8:34 a.m.
At 8:38 a.m., #39 ANDRETTI turns the fastest lap of the weekend at 31.236 seconds (233.846 mph) on his seventh lap. #27 FRANCHITTI immediately outdoes him for the top spot with a lap of 31.082 seconds (235.004 mph) on his seventh lap. #1 DA MATTA is running third early on, followed by #8 VASSER and #55 DOMINGUEZ.
YELLOW FLAG at 8:45 a.m. for a track inspection.
GREEN FLAG at 8:50 a.m.
YELLOW FLAG for debris in Turn 3.
GREEN FLAG at 8:57 a.m.
At 8:59 a.m., #10 KANAAN tops the speed chart at 31.006 seconds (235.580 mph) on his 22nd lap, followed by #27 FRANCHITTI, #9 JOURDAIN, #39 ANDRETTI and #4 JUNQUEIRA.
YELLOW FLAG at 9:03 a.m. for debris.
GREEN FLAG at 9:06 a.m.
At 9:09 a.m., #32 CARPENTIER moves to third on the speed chart with a lap of 31.095 seconds (234.906 mph) on his 25th lap.
At 9:25 a.m., #10 KANAAN remains fastest, followed by #27 FRANCHITTI, #33 TAGLIANI, #32 CARPENTIER and #9 JOURDAIN.
CHECKERED FLAG at 9:30 a.m. #10 KANAAN of Mo Nunn Racing paced the session with an orbit of 31.006 seconds (235.580 mph) on his 22nd lap, followed by #27 FRANCHITTI of Team KOOL Green at 31.082 seconds (235.004 mph) on his seventh lap and #33 TAGLIANI of Player's/Forsythe Racing at 31.087 seconds (234.966 mph) on his 42nd lap.
Stay tuned for more Real Racing. Real Sport, as CART FedEx Championship Series action continues this afternoon from California Speedway with qualifying (11:301:30 p.m.)!