Monterrey: Pacific Coast Motorsports Friday qualifying notes

Figge third in provisional qualifying at Monterrey. MONTERREY, MEXICO (March 21, 2003) --Alex Figge, of Santa Barbara, Calif., today qualified third in provisional qualifying for Round One of the 2003 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship at...

Figge third in provisional qualifying at Monterrey.

MONTERREY, MEXICO (March 21, 2003) --Alex Figge, of Santa Barbara, Calif., today qualified third in provisional qualifying for Round One of the 2003 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship at Fundidora Park.

In sunny and breezy conditions, Figge took to the 2.104-mile road course for the first of two 30-minute qualifying sessions. Showing the pace he had demonstrated in pre-season testing, Figge immediately began posting fast laps. As the session progressed and more grip became available, Figge moved into fourth position. Following a brief stop at the halfway point of the session, to make minor changes, Figge found a good gap to post a fast lap. Driving the No. 69 Pacific Coast Motorsports/Patrick Racing Toyota Swift 0.14a, Figge immediately jumped to the top of the speed charts, with a lap of 1:27.003 (87.059 mph). Within a lap, Figge had fallen to second, though comfortably ahead of his pursuers. At the checkered flag, Joey Hand posted a new lap record, bumping Figge to third place, significantly bettering his 11th place starting position at Monterrey last year and setting a new career best mark for qualifying on a road course.

"All in all I'm really pleased with qualifying," said Figge. "We're a new team and things have been hectic, but the team has given me a well prepared car. I was able to post a good time early, but late in the session I found it difficult to turn a quick lap. Obviously I think the track will be quicker tomorrow and I look forward to fighting for the pole."

The second 30-minute qualifying session for Round One of the 2003 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship season gets underway, Friday, March 21, at 12:50 p.m. (local time).

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Joey Hand , Alex Figge