Denver: Team Rahal Friday report

Patrick and Fogarty take fifth and sixth on first day at Denver DENVER, COLORADO . . .Team Rahal's first day as a two car Toyota Atlantic team, saw drivers Danica Patrick and Jon Fogarty both qualify in the top-six for Sunday's Argent Mortgage...

Patrick and Fogarty take fifth and sixth on first day at Denver

DENVER, COLORADO . . .Team Rahal's first day as a two car Toyota Atlantic team, saw drivers Danica Patrick and Jon Fogarty both qualify in the top-six for Sunday's Argent Mortgage Challenge at the Centrix Grand Prix of Denver. Patrick posted the fifth fastest lap with an effort of 86.459 mph while Fogarty returning to competitive driving for the first time in a year was sixth at 86.342 mph. "This is another good start to a race weekend," said Patrick. "It is encouraging that we are starting strong and looking to fine tune the car instead of making major changes to find the setting. That has just comes with experience and with the team and I starting to make a connection. I think there is more in the Argent car and it is just a case of making the small changes to bring that out. Having Jon as a teammate this week has been helpful. His knowledge of the track gave us a great baseline to start and has really helped us make the acclimate ourselves quickly."

"It is a little bitter sweet being back in the car," said Fogarty. "The car was pretty good and I am happy with my performance overall, but I made a mistake on my last lap in the next to last corner and lost what would have been my fastest lap. It really doesn't matter because it is just dust in the wind now. The Norwalk car is good and it is capable of more that I gave it. I am still knocking the rust off, but with each lap I feel more and more comfortable and I try to make fewer mistakes. It is amazing how many little intangibles that you lose, things that aren't really quantifiable, but just things that help you get back on the pace." Points leader A.J. Allmendinger captured the provisional pole position with a fast lap of 87.641 mph. Allmendinger is poised to win the Atlantic championship this weekend if he finishes sixth or higher. Practice and qualifying will resume on Saturday for Sunday's Round 11 of the 2003 Toyota Atlantic Championship.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Jon Fogarty , A.J. Allmendinger , Danica Patrick