Trois-Rivieres: Dorricott Racing Saturday notes

Luis Diaz qualifies sixth at Trois-Rivieres. TROIS-RIVIERES, Que., Canada (Aug 2, 2003) - The weather surprised all by remaining dry but Luis Diaz, of Mexico City, didn't surprise anybody with another strong performance and a sixth place final...

Luis Diaz qualifies sixth at Trois-Rivieres.

TROIS-RIVIERES, Que., Canada (Aug 2, 2003) - The weather surprised all by remaining dry but Luis Diaz, of Mexico City, didn't surprise anybody with another strong performance and a sixth place final qualifying position for Sunday's eighth round of 12-race Toyota Atlantic Championship from the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.

The 45-lap (68.445 mile) sprint around the historic 1.521-mile, 10-turn temporary street circuit is set to begin Sunday, Aug. 3, at 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Saturday's 30-minute morning practice began on schedule at 9:10 a.m. (ET) and no major incidents were reported.. Skies were comfortably overcast and cooler than Friday with an ambient temperature of 69 degrees and a track temperature of 74 degrees Fahrenheit.

Diaz started strong and immediately began lowering his times from the previous day's morning practice. By the end of the session, he was sixth fastest overall at 1:00.439 (90.597 mph). The time differential between second fastest A.J. Allmendinger and Diaz was a fraction over six-tenths of a second.

The Canadian Weather Service predicted a 40 percent chance of rain by the afternoon but it never showed. Rather, a sheet of cloud cover kept temperatures in the mid-70's and lessened the humidity. Final qualifying began as scheduled at 2:40 p.m. and concluded 30 minutes later without a caution.

Diaz's final qualifying times consistently ranked with the fastest cars. He ran as high as third fastest at one point but finished quick at sixth overall behind a weekend best lap time of 1:00.231 (90.910 mph).

Allmendinger didn't go faster than his time from provisional qualifying on Friday, but turned a lap quick enough to pace final qualifying at 0:59.338 (92.278 mph) and top the leader board of 15 qualifiers. Starting second will be defending Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres champion Michael Valiante.

Sunday's schedule at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres calls for a 15-minute warm-up session beginning at 8:45 a.m. ET, and will be followed by Round Eight of the 2003 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship at 1:00 p.m. ET. Live timing & scoring of the race will be available on the official web site of the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship, www.toyotaatlantic.com.

Speed Channel will provide a LIVE telecast of the Toyota Atlantic Championship race from Trois-Rivieres beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. PT), Sunday, Aug. 3.

-dr-

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Michael Valiante , Luis Diaz , A.J. Allmendinger