Alex Gurney on Trois-Rivieres provisional pole

Alex Gurney snatched the fastest time this afternoon during qualifying for the ninth round of the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship at Trois-Rivieres, Canada by 2/1000th of a second! With temperatures in the high 80's and skies overcast, the ...

Alex Gurney snatched the fastest time this afternoon during qualifying for the ninth round of the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship at Trois-Rivieres, Canada by 2/1000th of a second!

With temperatures in the high 80's and skies overcast, the 30-minute session was marked by the spectacular crash of Kyle Krisiloff. The session was red-flagged after his car was launched, somersaulted and landed upside down after contact with the car of Rodolfo Lavin. Corner workers quickly scrambled to lift the car on its side to extricate Krisiloff. He was pulled to safety with no major injuries. Penalties were later assessed to the two drivers for the accident and causing the break in the session.

It took seven minutes to clear the scene. With three minutes left, the session resumed. As the checkered flag fell, Gurney squeezed across the line with the right combination of low fuel weight and warm tires. "I ran my fast lap free of traffic at the right time when the fuel was low and the car was warmed up. It was perfect timing and I needed it. The last red flag was a concern since there were only three minutes left when the track went green again. It became a matter of running your fast lap right away".

Second place driver Michael Valiante was undeterred. "I'm a little disappointed to have lost the provisional pole by two one-thousandths of a second on the last lap, but at least it shows we've got a good car and are firmly in the hunt. It was actually my fault because I had a flyer going on the last lap and I charged the entry to the arch turn a little too hard, had to brake real hard and that cost me my exit speed. Still, we're in good shape and there's at least half a second left in the car."

Third place driver, Jonathan Macri, was confident with his result. "The car is working fairly well. We were able to use that session to come in and make changes to the car. I wasn't really happy with it early on, but we did a good job of making these changes and I was happy at the end. After the red flag, I was able to get a clear lap and popped a quick one in there. We're only sitting two-tenths of a second behind. I think there's a lot left in the car and we have a good chance for the pole tomorrow."

Saturday's schedule includes a thirty-minute practice session at 9:00am, and the final 30-minute qualifying session of the weekend at 12:30pm.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Alex Gurney , Michael Valiante , Jonathan Macri , Kyle Krisiloff , Rodolfo Lavin