Motor Racing: Flying Mansell on pole

Nigel Mansell left no doubt about his commitment to his IndyCar team with a phenomenal performance in qualifying for the Detroit Grand Prix, breaking his own record to secure pole position and then going back out to slash his lap time again, writes Toni Toomey. While Mansell's team looked for that perfect clear lap, Mansell and the three Penskes of Paul Tracy, Emerson Fittipaldi and Al Unser Jnr traded quickest times. After a short break to clear debris, Mansell went back out and hacked 0.85sec off his lap record. That mark stood for just one lap as he cut it again by 0.45sec. In the closing moments of the session, Mansell went back out and sliced another 0.3sec off his time for good measure.