Joey Hand was set to make a run for Friday's provisional pole at the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres as the final minutes of the 30-minute qualifying session ticked away. However, a late red flag swept away any chance for Hand to make a run at the...
Joey Hand was set to make a run for Friday's provisional pole at the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres as the final minutes of the 30-minute qualifying session ticked away. However, a late red flag swept away any chance for Hand to make a run at the top which left him ninth in Friday's session with a time of 1:01.782 seconds (90.086 mph).
Hand stood fourth on the time sheets following the morning practice session and felt like changes made to the DSTP Swift before the afternoon qualifying session would allow him a shot at the provisional pole. After pitting several times throughout the session, Hand felt like he had the car to make a run at the pole in the closing minutes, but he never got the chance.
Jonathan Macri, who was following Hand at the time, lost control of his car at the exit of Turn 10, which leads onto the front straight. Macri made hard contact with the outside wall with four minutes remaining in the session which brought out the red flag. Atlantic officials, feeling that the clean-up would outlast the remaining time left in the session, threw the checkered flag shortly after and ended the session early. Although shaken, Macri was uninjured in the incident.
Hand hopes to get another shot at the pole tomorrow afternoon when the second qualifying session gets underway at 2:40 p.m. EST. The qualifying session will be preceded by another practice session which begins at 9:10 a.m. EST. Also thrown in the mix tomorrow are expected rain showers which would eliminate any chance to unseat A.J. Allmendinger from the pole after he set a time of 59.296 seconds (92.343 mph).
Hand on Friday Qualifying: "The session did not go as planned for us, but I think we have a good car. We had a few problems early in the run and we had to pit in quite a few times. We got it figured out and put stickers on for the end of the session. We were a little late getting them on, but it would have worked. Macri put it in the fence and caused a red flag and that ended the session early before we could even wear the stickers off of the tires. I know we are better than ninth place and we'll go out tomorrow and try to make a run for the pole."
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.