Wickens and Edwards Take Third and Tenth in Provisional Vegas Qualifying LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Friday, 6 April 2007 -- Seventeen year-old Robert Wickens, fresh off of his 2006 Championship season in Formula BMW USA, showed his step up to Champ...
Wickens and Edwards Take Third and Tenth in Provisional Vegas Qualifying
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Friday, 6 April 2007 -- Seventeen year-old Robert Wickens, fresh off of his 2006 Championship season in Formula BMW USA, showed his step up to Champ Car Atlantic was no fluke as he claimed third fastest time in his very first Atlantic Qualifying session on his next-to-last lap, just .132s off Pole. On his last lap the split times put him solidly in P1 before he was balked by another car and didn't improve his time, but the teenager from Toronto, Ontario was excited about his terrific debut in the premier open-wheel training ground in the world as Cooper Tires Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda. Wicken's Red Bull Team Forsythe teammate, sixteen year-old John Edwards of Little Rock, Arkansas, was fifth quickest in the morning practice session but encountered traffic and handling issues in qualifying that saw him claim tenth-quickest time in the 27-car field. On Saturday, both drivers will have a chance to improve their grid position for Sunday's race when Final Qualifying gets underway.
"I'm really happy for the Red Bull team since we were able to come out and capitalize on the speed we developed during preseason testing. The car wasn't perfect, in fact it was pretty diabolical at the rear over some of the bumps, but it was quick and I was able to find clear track near the end to set a fast time. On my last lap I was even quicker but got slowed down by another car and couldn't make an improvement. But the good news is that we're right there and we've got a good shot at Pole tomorrow. Overall a great first day of the year and hopefully there's more to come!"
"I'm pretty disappointed. The car was good and although I had a bit of traffic the truth is I had a hard time putting a lap together. The car was great on old tires but we made a couple of changes before we went to new Coopers and maybe went in the wrong direction a bit. It affected us in the 90-degree corners; I probably lost a tenth in each one and there's a bunch of those corners! I also had an issue in one of the fast corners and just wasn't going through there as quickly as I could have. But we'll look at the data on both cars and I'm confident we'll be out there tomorrow with a good shot to move up to the front."