Diaz qualified eighth but will start in the back; Krisiloff improves times but will start 11TH CLEVELAND, Ohio (July 4) - - It wasn't quite the Independence Day celebration Dorricott Racing expected but drivers and crew will still be ready to ...
Diaz qualified eighth but will start in the back; Krisiloff improves times but will start 11TH
CLEVELAND, Ohio (July 4) - - It wasn't quite the Independence Day celebration Dorricott Racing expected but drivers and crew will still be ready to challenge for the podium in Saturday's sixth round of the 12-race Toyota Atlantic Championship in Cleveland.
After posting an outside pole in provisional qualifying, Luis Diaz appeared headed for a serious pole challenge but couldn't seem to do much beyond his fast time on Thursday. It wasn't until a post-qualifying car inspection that a crack in the tub of the Telmex Swift 014a was discovered. A late night for Diaz's crew resulted in a back-up car being readied for Saturday's race. The good news was the defect was found. The bad news was Diaz's eighth fastest qualifying time would be disallowed because CART rules dictate that any change of a car requires the driver to start in the rear of the starting grid.
Times for Kyle Krisiloff improved tremendously as he clicked off nearly two-seconds from his fastest laps on Thursday. However, it wasn't enough to bump up on the grid albeit he will start 11th due to Diaz's changed position.
A.J. Allmendinger will start from the pole after setting a Toyota Atlantic track record at Burke Lakefront Airport with a lap of 1:04.927 (116.771 mph).
Allmendinger, the current points leader in the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship, already earned one point for taking the provisional pole in Thursday's first round of qualifying. By going quicker to retain the pole today, Allmendinger earned a second championship point, extending his lead to eight (81-73) over Scotland's Ryan Dalziel heading into the race.
Saturday's schedule at the Argent Mortgage Toyota Atlantic 100k calls for a 15-minute warm-up session beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET, and will be followed at 5:30 p.m. by Round 6 of the 12-race 2003 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship. The scheduled distance is 32 laps (67.392 miles), but is subject to a 50-minute time limit.
The SPEED Channel will carry tape-delayed coverage of the Argent Mortgage Toyota Atlantic 100k at 1:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. PT) on Sunday, July 6.