Sweden's Kenny Brack captured his second pole position
Brack uses experience edge to claim CART pole

FORT WORTH, Texas, April 28 (AFP) - Sweden's Kenny Brack captured his second pole position of the Championship Auto Racing Teams season here Saturday, taking the top starting spot for Sunday's Texas 600.

Brack, who started from the pole at the season opener in Mexico and started second at Long Beach, will try to use his experience edge here at Texas Motor Speedway to capture his first CART title.

This is CART's first race here at the 1.5-mile oval, although 2000 CART Rookie of the Year Brack was here for five races while driving in the rival Indy Racing League.

"I knew we'd be good because our car has been good right off the trailer," Brack said. "We tested at 221 mph. But to go 12 mph faster than we tested is really surprising."

Brack, 35, edged Canada's Patrick Carpentier with a winning lap of 22.854 seconds, circling the track at 233.447 mph (373.515 k/hr) in a Cosworth-powered Lola.

Despite a wrist injury suffered at Long Beach three weeks ago, Carpentier was a close second with a time of 22.864 seconds in a Reynard-powered Cosworth. A session with veteran CART doctor Terry Trammell worked wonders for the racer.

"Trammell did a fantastic job on my hand and I think I'm going to be all right," said Carpentier. "I've got nine bolts and a plate in my hand and it gave me some pain Friday morning, but Terry fixed it."

Brack's best showing here in IRL events was third in 1998. His best finish in 23 CART starts was runner-up last year in Australia and Cleveland.

Spain's Oriol Servia was a surprising third, followed by American Bryan Herta and Japan's Shinji Nakano.

After two poor starts and finishes, two-time former CART champion and Formula One flop Alex Zanardi of Italy qualified sixth.

"We worked and worked to make the car more balanced and I think we have a good race car," said Zanardi. "I'm really looking forward to racing here."

Series points leader Cristiano da Matta of Brazil will start 11th on the grid. Da Matta won in Mexico and was second at Long Beach to grab 37 points from the first two races.

Defending CART champion Gil de Ferran qualified seventh. He stands second in this year's points race, seven points behind da Matta after placing second in Mexico and third in Long Beach.