MADISON, ILL. -- Veteran Atlantic racer Case Montgomery will start from the pole position for Saturday's Round 11 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship race at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois. Montgomery, who...
MADISON, ILL. -- Veteran Atlantic racer Case Montgomery will start from the pole position for Saturday's Round 11 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship race at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois. Montgomery, who has been filling a seat at World Speed Motorsports since the Laguna Seca race last weekend, recorded a 30.764 (148.615 mph) to edge out Argentinean Martin Basso who posted a second quickest 30.822 (148.336 mph).
"The goal last weekend was pole but here I was hoping for front row," said Montgomery who is competing on his first oval since Milwaukee in 1998. "They put together a great oval car for me at World Speed. It looked like I was turning into an alley going into turn one. I think I was flat all the way around, but the data guy will be the final judge of that. I had a little hiccup in turns one and two and another in three and four. This is the best oval car I have ever had in my career. Usually I've had to drive my way to the front during an oval event, so this will be a great change. It's awesome to be back in the car and I'm thankful for this opportunity."
World Speed Motorsports team owner Chuck West, was pleased with the results.
"We are very excited about Case's pole position," he said. We've had a competitive package all season long and when we added a veteran driver like Case -- it turned out to be a winning combination. This is our third pole as the World Speed team, our last pole was in 1997 at Road America. I'm looking forward to the race tomorrow."
Basso was pleased to be starting on the front row.
"I am really happy because the car felt really good in qualifying," he said. "I think it's going to be perfect for the race. We're going to do a little work on the gears and I hope it'll be the right change for the race because I want to be on the podium tomorrow. I lifted a little between Turns One and Two, but tomorrow, I'll be flat out for the race."
The series current points leader, Buddy Rice, will start third after recording a 30.824 (148.326 mph). Rice will start on row two beside rookie Daniel Wheldon, whom he leads by 14 points in the Atlantic Championship.
"Third is a good qualifying spot for a car that I know is strong in traffic. The temperature cooled off a bit more than we expected and we lost a little grip, but we have an excellent car for the race. I think that the weather and tire wear will play a role tomorrow. Our main goal is to collect as many points as possible and as long as we win the race and do our job, then we'll be happy."
Saturday's 50lap Toyota Atlantic race is schedule to start at 3:15 p.m. local time.