Everyone is expecting to see laps above 230 mph in today's U.S. 500, but speed will probably be one of the least important factors in the race at Michigan Speedway.
Adrian Fernandez gave Patrick Racing its second straight U.S. 500 pole, taking the top qualifying spot Saturday at 229.519 mph. The Mexican driver earned the first pole of his CART FedEx Champion Series career.
PENNSYLVANIA 500: Because he has driven to the winner's circle just once in 130 career starts on the Winston Cup circuit, Ward Burton has spent much of his time battling both the competition and his own self doubt.
Although he insists the latter has now been defeated, proof that he should be considered something more than an impressive qualifier hangs in the balance. He is in position to change that perception in the Pennsylvania 500 at Long Pond, Pa.
AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX: At Spielberg, Austria, Giancarlo Fisichella led qualifiers for the Austrian Grand Prix, and for the first time this season, a McLaren Mercedes car will not be in the front row today.
Fisichella qualified his Benetton-Playlife on Saturday in one minute, 29.598 seconds and won the pole position for the first time in his career.
VISIONAIRE 500: At Concord, N.C., Kenny Brack overcame a pit-stop mixup late in the VisionAire 500 Saturday night, regaining the lead 13 laps from the finish to claim the first Indy Racing League victory of his career. The start of the 208-lap race in the heart of NASCAR country was delayed one hour by rain and then marred by a series of mechanical problems and mishaps by many of the favorites.