Monterrey: Qualifying notes

Ryan Dalziel Fastest in First-Round Toyota Atlantic Qualifying for Grand Prix of Monterrey: Pads Lead in Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama Standings. MONTERREY, Mexico (May 21, 2004) -- Ryan Dalziel padded his lead in the...

Ryan Dalziel Fastest in First-Round Toyota Atlantic Qualifying for Grand Prix of Monterrey: Pads Lead in Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama Standings.

MONTERREY, Mexico (May 21, 2004) -- Ryan Dalziel padded his lead in the Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama point standings by setting the fastest time in first-round qualifying for Sunday's Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix Friday at Fundidora Park. The affable Scot, driving the No. 28 Pro-Works car, turned the 2.104-mile permanent road course in one minute, 25.571 seconds at an average speed of 88.516 miles per hour. The fast lap assures Dalziel a front-row starting position for Sunday's race and also nets him one bonus championship point.

"This is a great start to the weekend," said Dalziel. "We came here knowing we had a lot of work to do. We struggled here last year. We worked hard and we showed in Long Beach how hard we worked over the winter. We keep get stronger and stronger every time we get in the car."

Alex Figge (No. 69 Pacific Coast Motorsports) was second quickest.

"Surprisingly, I don't have to pee now," said Figge. "I peed before I went out. I was having a good battle with Ryan and (teammate Jon Fogarty) was right there at the end. I'm happy to be where I am. We're comfortably here. We're not desperate or anything, so tomorrow should be right along the same lines."

Figge's teammate Jon Fogarty (No. 96 Pacific Coast Motorsports) was third fastest.

"I felt pretty good about my session," said Fogarty. "I don't think we were able to show exactly what we had. We were hampered a bit by others on the race track. I'm a little ticked about that, but we're solid. Yet, it's always frustrating when don't think you got that maximum out of the car, especially during a qualifying session. I'm pleased. We're right there."

Danica Patrick (No. 24 Argent Mortgage Company) equaled her best career qualifying effort of fourth, set at Trois-Rivières last year, while Bryan Sellers (No. 19 Lynx Racing) completed the top five.

"The Argent guys did a good job in the pits to keep up with the car and make it faster and faster," said Patrick. "We went out on stickers and we were actually first, but we went just a little too far on a change and the car wasn't good during the final run. It feels good to be up in the top four and to be in the hunt for the pole. This is a track that is only going to get faster. Obviously, having raced here last year and knowing the track is a big plus for us."

BG Products Rookie of the Year contender Jonathan Bomarito (No. 8 Dixien/Omnisource) missed most of the session due to gearbox problems and qualified 13th.

Entering is 31st season of competition in 2004, the Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama is the longest-running development series in North America. The series is owned and sanctioned by Champ Car World Series, LLC based in Indianapolis. Champ Car also owns and operates the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford, as well as the Motorock Trans-Am Series, and it sanctions Formula BMW USA events.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Jon Fogarty , Alex Figge , Jonathan Bomarito , Danica Patrick