Record-breaking lap puts Andretti on Detroit pole
DETROIT -- Michael Andretti broke his track qualifying record yesterday as he earned the pole position for today's Detroit Grand Prix.
Andretti's fast lap of 88.721 mph eclipsed the mark of 88.512 he set in 1989 while winning the first of his three straight poles on the 2.5-mile, 17-turn circuit in downtown Detroit.
He has shown consistency here, running at or near the front all the time. Andretti started the day with his Chevrolet-powered Lola on the provisional pole after leading Friday's opening round of qualifications with a lap of 86.374.
"Maybe we got lucky enough to stumble across the right setup for this racetrack," said Andretti, who led every lap in winning last year's race. "Another thing is I enjoy this race course. Some guys don't like it, but I find it very demanding and very challenging. And when the car gets some good grip, you can really sink your teeth into it and challenge the race course."
Mexico City Grand Prix
MEXICO CITY -- Ricardo Patrese of Italy won the pole position for today's Formula One race.
hTC Patrese lapped the 2.747-mile circuit at 128.115 mph, more than a second faster than the fast lap of Williams-Renault teammate Nigel Mansell of Britain, whose best was 126.228 mph.
Today's race will be run over 69 laps for a total of 189.549 miles.