The best efforts of the CART Toyota Atlantic officials could not save qualifying at the Milwaukee Mile on Friday evening. Despite moving the session up 15 minutes to beat an approaching rain storm, Mother Nature won the pole for Saturday's Round...
The best efforts of the CART Toyota Atlantic officials could not save qualifying at the Milwaukee Mile on Friday evening. Despite moving the session up 15 minutes to beat an approaching rain storm, Mother Nature won the pole for Saturday's Round 3 race.
Only six cars were able to turn in qualifying times before the skies let loose with one of those being Joey Hand of DSTP Motorsports. Like most of the race weekend so far, Hand and the DSTP team continued to struggle on getting a grip on the setup for the 1.032-mile oval. Before the rains came, Hand was sixth out of the six cars that qualified.
"Well, once again, we are struggling, that much is obvious," said a frustrated Joey Hand. "It is not very often that we are down at the bottom of the list, but I think that is where we are. We have tried a lot of things, but nothing seems to be working with this car. We are going to try some more stuff for the warm-up in the morning and get the car to race here at least. We need to get it to at least work in traffic so we can get out of here with some points. If we don't get if figured out, we will take our licks here and get on to Laguna and Portland where we should be much better off."
The storms should pass overnight and DSTP will be back on the track tomorrow afternoon with a 12:45 p.m. CST warm-up session. The green flag for the Round 3 race is scheduled to drop at 5:00 p.m. CST.
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.