HIGHCROFT RACING SIXTH ON GRID AFTER QUALIFYING AT MOSPORT
TEAM FIGHTS VARIABLE TRACK CONDITIONS TO FIND THE RIGHT BALANCE
With a best lap time of 1:06.428 in Saturday's qualifying session, David Brabham put the team sixth on the grid for tomorrow's two hour and 45 minute Grand Prix of Mosport in Bowmanville, Ontario. Beset by downpours throughout the week's previous test sessions, the track was never the same twice and that resulted in less than ideal times for the #9 Acura. The team's hopes were raised earlier in the day when Brabham was running in the lead for a while during the morning practice.
He pointed out "I probably had the run of the tires earlier than everyone else so, on that front, it was probably a false dawn." When the qualifying results came in, the team placed in the middle of the Acura trio, with Andretti Green in fifth and Lowe's Fernandez in the seventh spot. Said Brabham, "I thought with the changes we made throughout the week and the set-up we did for qualifying, we could go faster than we did. The biggest issue this week was the track. On Tuesday, for example, we had a lot of grip and that was reflected in our fast times. But between the rain and other series' cars laying down different rubber before our sessions, everyone's times were a lot slower than they were on Tuesday. We were also faced with front grip issues during ensuing practices. I am just disappointed because, of course, I wanted a quicker qualifying time. But tomorrow is a long race and anything can happen."
Stefan Johansson, returning to Mosport for the first time in six years said of the Acura ARX-01a, "the changes we made overnight were an improvement - the car definitely feels more responsive. We'll fine tune it further for tomorrow's race but the main issue at this track is the near impossibility of getting a clear run - there's traffic every single lap. You're lucky to get one clear lap in. There are a lot of flowing fast corners and no hard braking, so it's all about momentum here. If you get stuck behind someone in a corner you lose all momentum, so it can be very tricky."
The Grand Prix of Mosport will be broadcast live on the SPEED channel Sunday, August 26, 2007 at 3:00 pm.