Laguna Seca Friday qualifying notes

Lynx Racing driver David Rutledge of Vancouver, B.C., posted a time of 80.069 seconds around the 11-turn Laguna Seca Raceway, good for fourth place on the preliminary qualifying grid for tomorrow's CART Toyota Atlantic season finale at the...

Lynx Racing driver David Rutledge of Vancouver, B.C., posted a time of 80.069 seconds around the 11-turn Laguna Seca Raceway, good for fourth place on the preliminary qualifying grid for tomorrow's CART Toyota Atlantic season finale at the Honda Grand Prix of Monterey. His Lynx teammate, Jason LaPoint, of Woodvale, Oregon turned a lap of 80.676 seconds, good for ninth place on the preliminary grid. Final qualifying to set the grid positions for the start of tomorrow's 30-lap race will take place from 9:00 - 9:35 am in the morning, with the race scheduled to take the green flag at 3:15 pm in the afternoon.

Rutledge: "We were second in the morning practice session, and guessed wrong about which direction the track would go when the temperatures came up in the afternoon. The changes we made left my car nervous entering the turns and with a mid-corner push on low-speed corners. Fortunately, these are all things we know how to correct, and we should be in good shape to go for the pole and then the win tomorrow.

LaPoint: "I only got in a lap and a half this morning before my clutch packed it in, so I'm not too disappointed with my time today. I've raced on this track a number of times, but this is my first Atlantic race here and things happen a lot faster so familiarity with the car and track is important. We'll definitely be moving up the grid in final qualifying tomorrow morning, and this is one of my favorite tracks in the world, so I'm looking forward to the race."

-Lynx Racing-

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Series Atlantic
Drivers David Rutledge