Rain slows qualifying, hand to start seventh tomorrow Joey Hand ...
Rain slows qualifying, hand to start seventh tomorrow
Joey Hand #27 DSTP Motorsports Toyota Swift 014.a
Joey Hand stormed through the field last week in Trois-Rivieres from his seventh place starting position and now it looks like he is going to have to do it again. A summer storm slowed final qualifying for the Round 9 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and solidified Hand's seventh place spot on the grid for tomorrow's 30-lap race.
On the opening lap of the session around the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio road course, Hand felt the car might have something in it to help move him up the grid, but rain drops started to fall around the track just minutes after the green flag waved. By the mid-way point of the session, parts of the track were soaked and Hand was the only car remaining on the course. The DSTP team hoped in vein that the storm would pass quickly, but unfortunately for Hand, the rain intensified and he pitted to retire from the session unable to improve his time in the wet conditions.
A.J. Allmendinger was able to turn the fastest lap before the rain started earning another bonus point along with locking down the pole for tomorrow's race. From his seventh place starting spot, Joey Hand will attempt to repeat or better his fourth place showing from last week in Trois-Rivieres.
Speed Channel will carry tomorrow's 11:30 p.m. EST race same day delay at 12:30 p.m. EST
Hand on Friday Qualifying:
"The session came to a short end, but the car was pretty good. I feel pretty good about the progress we made since this morning. It seems the track is coming to us. We didn't get a chance to prove it there because of the rain, but like last week, I think we have a good car for the race. We'll have to do the same thing from seventh as we did in Trois-Rivieres. Hopefully, we can make the DSTP car put on a show again."
Through DSTP Motorsports, Dede Rogers has established herself as a true believer in promoting talented young American drivers into professional racing. Formed in 1994, DSTP first campaigned a team in the Dodge Shelby Pro Series before moving into the U.S. F2000 National Championship in 1995. Such notable drivers as Memo Gidley, Alex Barron, Sam Hornish, Jr. and Jerry Nadeau competed in cars fielded by DSTP before Buddy Rice swept to the Atlantic title during DSTP Motorsports first season in the series in 2000.