Challenge in San Jose for Forsythe Atlantic Team SAN JOSE, California - Saturday, July 29, 2006 - The 2006 edition of the Champ Car Atlantic Championship was expected to be a titanic battle as many of the best drivers, teams, mechanics and ...
Challenge in San Jose for Forsythe Atlantic Team
SAN JOSE, California - Saturday, July 29, 2006 - The 2006 edition of the Champ Car Atlantic Championship was expected to be a titanic battle as many of the best drivers, teams, mechanics and engineers in the world came to Long Beach in April to begin a season-long quest for glory, but few could have predicted just how competitive the revamped series would become. In previous years, Atlantic fields would see a half second gap among fast lap times for the top few cars, but in today's Final Qualifying for Sunday's Canary Foundation San Jose Grand Prix Presented by Taylor Woodrow Atlantic Race that same half-second covered the top 13 cars in the 25-car field.
That challenge was emphasized today as Forsythe Championship Racing's four-car Atlantic Team struggled with cooler temperatures and changing track conditions to find themselves outside the first three rows of the grid for the first time this season.
"We just couldn't find any grip. The balance was all over the place and overall grip seems to have disappeared since yesterday. It was very difficult to find balance in the car and while we made some improvements that let me move up a few spots at the end, it wasn't the results we wanted to see."
"I felt like I was running quick laps but the times just weren't there. We had a cloud cover come over the track and I think the track temperature was much cooler than it has been this weekend and we just didn't have the right combination. But I think it's going to be a crazy race so if we can stay out of trouble maybe we can still get a lot of points."
"Not the best weekend so far. Yesterday I was a bit under the weather, and then today we had quite a bit of understeer at first. When we improved that we started losing the rear a bit, so it was like the balance was right on a knife-edge. Then I lost my clutch about halfway through the session and the guys had to give me push starts so I could engage the gears on pit lane.'
"I pretty much had the same issues as the other guys. We just never could find the sweet spot with the handling and it seemed like the few times we managed to put a lap together we ran up on traffic at the end of the lap. But we're in the top half of the field and I suspect there's going to be quite a bit of carnage out there tomorrow, so there should be some opportunity to improve and score some points."