MI-JACK CONQUEST RACING'S GRAHAM RAHAL CONTINUES TO DOMINATE IN DENVER AND GRABS POLE FOR ATLANTIC RACE Ryan Lewis moves up to 12th on final starting grid Denver, Colorado, August 12, 2006 -- The track record set by Graham Rahal of the Mi-Jack...
MI-JACK CONQUEST RACING'S GRAHAM RAHAL CONTINUES TO DOMINATE IN DENVER AND GRABS POLE FOR ATLANTIC RACE
Ryan Lewis moves up to 12th on final starting grid
Denver, Colorado, August 12, 2006 -- The track record set by Graham Rahal of the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Atlantic Team yesterday is already history. The 17 year-old broke it again today in final round of qualifying to give himself a fourth pole position this season. Rahal registered a lap time of 1:06.798 and was the only driver to go below the one-minute seven-second mark. Rahal now leads the series in pole positions and with the two extra points he picked up yesterday and today, he now sits 24 points behind Series leader Simon Pagenaud heading into Sunday's race. Ryan Lewis was also showing good speed at the start of the qualifying session placing himself fourth with his first set of tires, but during his second stint he was unable to improve his lap time of 1:07.480 set on his eighth lap. Lewis will start the Grand Prix of Denver Atlantic Race in 12th position. Round nine of the Champ Car Atlantic Race starts at 1:15 p.m. eastern and will be broadcast on tape delay on Speed August 19th at 3:00 p.m. eastern.
1st -- Graham Rahal #18 Gehl Company
"Obviously qualifying went very well for us. We actually did our quickest lap on really old tires which was a bit surprising. When we put new ones on, it was difficult for me to get a clean lap in. Nonetheless, we did three laps that were good enough for pole. It's not like yesterday, when we had eight or nine, but we'll take it! Right now it's another two points that brings us closer to Simon (Pagenaud) and that is what we need. My car in race trim is absolutely consistent and I'm still not pushing 100%. I feel pretty comfortable going into the race. I think we have a good chance of winning and we will see what happens in the end."
12st -- Ryan Lewis #30 Insport Sports Management
"Our qualifying session started off well and the car was really good on the old tires. We came in for a tire change half way through the session. I went back out on new tires and the balance on the car just went away. I couldn't improve my lap times. Obviously I would have liked to be closer to Graham, but the good thing is that we have a great race car for tomorrow and we will be able to bring it up front."