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Archive for Saturday, August 11, 2001

De Ferran, Castroneves qualify 1-2

Duo rules Miller 200

August 11, 2001

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— The front row for Sunday's CART Miller Lite 200 might have a familiar look.

Teammates Gil de Ferran and Helio Castroneves, who qualified first and second for last year's race, had the top two times in Friday's practice round at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

De Ferran, who shares the course record of 124.394 mph with Dario Franchitti, had a fast lap of 122.882 mph around the 13-turn, 21*4-mile course in the hills of north central Ohio.

Castroneves, last year's race winner, was second at 122.729 mph, with no one else within a 1 mph of the Penske Racing teammates, who finished 1-2 in 2000.

The PacWest cars of Mauricio Gugelmin and Greg Dixon, the top rookie in the series, were kept off the track Friday because of a dispute involving the team and Toyota, its engine supplier.

Both cars will be practicing and taking part in today's qualifying.

De Ferran said he was uncertain whether his Reynard Honda had enough untapped speed to break the track record.

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