Lynx Racing driver David Rutledge, who won the previous Atlantic race in Montreal from the pole, qualified his ...
Lynx Racing driver David Rutledge, who won the previous Atlantic race in Montreal from the pole, qualified his #19 Lynx Racing Swift 008.a in sixth ((68.946 sec. / 109.964 mph) for Sunday's CART Toyota Atlantic support race at the Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by Firstar. The top six positions on the grid were all faster than the existing Atlantic track record. Alex Gurney, son of racing legend Dan Gurney, took the pole (68.484 sec. / 110.706 mph), the first of his Atlantic career. Argentine rookie Martin Basso starts from second (68.638 mph / 110.456 mph), followed by Atlantic series points leader Buddy Rice (68.664 sec. / 110.416 mph), Canadian Andrew Bordin ((68.867 sec. / 110.134 mph) and Miami winner, rookie Daniel Wheldon (68.867 sec. / 110.090). "We kind of got caught out by a red flag near the end of the session," said Rutledge. "We made a few more changes while the cars were stopped, and when they let us go again, we only had time for two flying laps. It turned out that the changes we made increased the front grip which, we needed, but caused the rear end to move around more, which we didn't. Still, we were on the pole for most of the session and all the cars are really close, so it's anybody's race tomorrow, and we'll be in the thick of it." Rutledge's Lynx Racing teammate, Mike Conte, will be starting his #17 Lynx Racing/Microsoft Network Swift 008.a from the 11th spot on the 25-car grid. "We obviously went the wrong direction in the setup from what we had yesterday," said Conte. "And now we're presented with a kind of Catch-22 situation. Do we go back to what we know, which was driveable but not particularly fast? Or do we gamble and go with something radical? The usual first-lap melee will scramble the order and give those of us farther back some opportunity, which makes me inclined to take a chance."
<pre> On Track Activities
Sunday, July 2 8:30 am to 8:45 am Atlantic warm-up 10:30 am to 11:30 am Atlantic race (37 laps or 1 hour, whichever comes first)
CART Toyota Atlantic Television Coverage (EDT) 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm Saturday, July 8 / ESPN2 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm Saturday, July 8 / ESPN International 4:30 am to 5:30 am Thursday, July 13 / ESPN2 (repeat) 8:30 am to 9:30 am Saturday, July 15 / RDS (Canada) 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Monday, July 10 / CTV 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Tuesday, July 11 / CTV (repeat)