Monterey, CA (September 8, 2000) - After setting the third fastest time in this morning's practice session, DSTP Atlantic and driver Buddy Rice followed-up by posting the fifth fastest time (1:20.628) in provisional qualifying for tomorrow's CART...
Monterey, CA (September 8, 2000) - After setting the third fastest time in this morning's practice session, DSTP Atlantic and driver Buddy Rice followed-up by posting the fifth fastest time (1:20.628) in provisional qualifying for tomorrow's CART Toyota Atlantic race, part of the Honda Grand Prix of Monterey CART FedEx Championship weekend at Laguna Seca. The 30-minute qualifying session was hampered by two red flag periods, which ended the session nearly five minutes early.
"We're real happy with the car," said Rice, who finished second in last year's Atlantic race at Laguna Seca. "We just got caught out by the red flags. Both times I had a clear track in front of me, the course went red. We made some changes during the session and had a great car by the end. Since we don't have a lot of track time this weekend, every minute is important. We'll be there tomorrow, when it counts the most."
Dan Wheldon took the provisional pole with a time of 1:19.704, followed by David Rutledge (1:20.094), Andrew Bordin (1:20.213), Rocky Moran, Jr. (1:20.263) and Rice.
"This was just one of those sessions where things didn't go our way," said Dede Rogers, team owner. "But, we're not too concerned. We have a great car and the track should be better tomorrow. Laguna Seca is always a great race and it's such an honor just to be a part of this event."
Tomorrow's Atlantic activities begin with a 30-minute qualifying session at 8:10 a.m., followed by the 30-lap race at 4:00 pm. The race will be televised via espn2 on Sunday, September 24 at 10:00 am (EDT) with an encore presentation on Wednesday, September 27 at 5:00 am (EDT).