WEST ALLIS, Wis. (May 29, 2003) -Kyle Krisiloff was hoping for a quick-start to his Atlantic season when he recently joined Dorricott Racing but nobody could have predicted what he achieved in his first official track day. Krisiloff, 17, of ...
WEST ALLIS, Wis. (May 29, 2003) -Kyle Krisiloff was hoping for a quick-start to his Atlantic season when he recently joined Dorricott Racing but nobody could have predicted what he achieved in his first official track day.
Krisiloff, 17, of Carmel, Ind., caught many off-guard as he cruised the Milwaukee Mile during Atlantic's first-ever night practice with the fourth fastest time of the session. In his first career Atlantic track session on an oval, Krisiloff clicked off a time of 0:25.049 (148.335 mph) around the 1.032-mile oval. This far surpassed his afternoon practice time of 0:25.806 (143.967 mph), and resulted in his highest practice session finish since joining Atlantic. In fact, Krisiloff's evening time was even faster than Hoover Orsi's fastest afternoon practice lap of 0:25.107 (147.975 mph).
Krisiloff is making his debut with Dorricott Racing at The Milwaukee Mile in the US Grand Prix F1 Swift 014.a. He competed apart from Dorricott Racing in the first two Atlantic races this season at Monterey and Long Beach.
Krisiloff either led or ran second fastest for much of the evening session. His hopes for a "P-1" position in practice ended when Canadian Jonathan Macri ran the sessions fastest time on the final practice lap at 0:24.902 (149.193 mph).
"Today was a great day," said Krisiloff. "The switch to Dorricott Racing was a good move all the way around. The entire crew is working their tails off to make this work and it showed today. We had a push in the car this afternoon. We re-evaluated the set-up and found where we could make changes. We tried them and they worked. I knew going into the second session that I had to drive flat. We were close in the afternoon session but the car wasn't ready. I was confident the changes we made during the break would work especially knowing most of the other cars would go faster too. The track had more grip in the afternoon but it didn't help us much. The track was different tonight but it wasn't any better or worse. I now believe we have one of the better cars in this field but we have a ways to go."
Luis Diaz, of Mexico City, wasn't far behind after struggling through the afternoon session with set-up issues. Diaz toured his Telmex-Swift 014.a around The Mile for the eighth fastest lap of 0:25.357 (146.516 mph). This was significantly better, however, than his afternoon time of 0:25.739 (144.341 mph.
"It could have been a better day but it wasn't too bad either," said Diaz. "We had some things we needed to fix with the set-up but we worked it out. We improved with each lap so more track time will only help me get lower times. I expect to have a good car for the race"
Friday's Toyota Atlantic schedule at The Milwaukee Mile calls for another 30-minute practice session beginning at 1:30 p.m. CT, and will be followed by the season's only single-car qualifying session at 6:15 p.m. Saturday's race day will see the Atlantic cars on track for a 15-minute warm-up session beginning at 12:45 p.m. Round 3 of the 12-race 2003 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship, the Milwaukee Mile Centennial 250 Presented by Miller Lite, is scheduled to take the green flag at 5:00 p.m. CT.
Speed Channel will provide a one-day delayed telecast of the Toyota Atlantic Championship at The Milwaukee Mile beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET (3:00 p.m. PT), Sunday, June 1. An encore telecast is scheduled for Monday, June 2, at 1:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. PT).