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EP in the infield section
McNish and Pirro driving an identical lap time of 1.15.423 on there first flying lap in qualifying

Allan McNish (#77)
„It is probably not the most exciting track to drive, but it is pretty difficult and I think it will produce a good race. It is never easy to put a road course into an oval, I think they have done a good job. Of course I am happy to be on the provisional pole position.”

Emanuele Pirro (#78)
„Before the qualifying I was not sure if I should use high or low downforce. I started with low downforce, but there was less grip than in the morning practice so I had to change again. I am quite content with my time, but we still have to improve the car as we have some problems at the entrance of the corners.”

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Sport
„It is not easy to find the right mix for this track. We are running quite a large percentage on the high speed oval, therefore we tried to run with low down force. You gain up to 10 mph, but you lose too much in the infield section and have more risk under braking. Therefore we decided to use more downforce.”

Reinhold Joest, Team Director Audi Sport North America
„I did not expect such fast times under those circumstances. We had asphalt temperatures of 133 degrees.”

Forth Worth, September 1, 2000


The Audi R8 proves to be the fastest car of the American Le Mans Series in all conditions: After the victory in the rain of Mosport, the Audi drivers dominated the first qualifying session for the 7th round in Texans heat. Outside temperatures reached 113 degrees on Friday afternoon when Allan McNish and Emanuele Pirro recorded the fastest times on the new 2.324-mile road course at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Panoz #1 driven by Jan Magnussen behind Audi R8 #77
McNish followed by a Panoz
1. Capello/McNish Audi R8 1m 13.242s
2. Biela/Pirro Audi R8 1m 13.481s
3. Brabham/Magnussen Panoz 1m 13.923s
4. Lehto/Müller BMW 1m 14.586s
5. O'Connell/Katoh Panoz 1m 14.590s
6. Auberlen/Gounon BMW 1m 15.741s
7. Schiattarella/de Radigues Lola 1m 15.937s
8. Johansson/Smith Reynard 1m 16.402s
9. Matthews/Simo Reynard 1m 18.374s
10. Field/Sutherland Lola 1m 19.531s