World Speed Motorsports making a comeback in Cleveland

Cleveland, OH (June 30, 2000) – World Speed rookie duo Pete Mercier and Akihiro Asai qualified today for round six of the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship race in Cleveland, part of the Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland presented by Firstar CART...

Cleveland, OH (June 30, 2000) – World Speed rookie duo Pete Mercier and Akihiro Asai qualified today for round six of the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship race in Cleveland, part of the Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland presented by Firstar CART FedEx Championship weekend.

Mercier qualified 10th, a starting position that has lately been out of reach for this rookie. “I’m feeling pretty good right now. We’ve put some tough weekends behind us, like Milwaukee and Montreal. But now there is no looking back. We have a great car, and I’m just really happy I haven’t hit anything this weekend,” said a relieved Mercier. “The track is really physical which will make for a difficult race. It’s going to be tough on the equipment.” The second World Speed rookie, Akihiro Asai, driver of the #15 Pro Staff/G Aikokuya, was not as happy with his qualifying position. “I qualified 14th, which is a little frustrating. There are still things I have to work out with the track and my car,” said Asai.

Pole position was captured by Buddy Rice, driver for DSTP Motorsports, followed by Andrew Bordin of PPI Motorsports and David Rutledge of Lynx Racing. Tomorrow’s Atlantic activities will begin with a 40 – minute practice session followed by a second qualifying session at 1:30 p.m. Combined times from both qualifying sessions will determine Sunday’s starting grid. The race Sunday begins at 10:30 a.m. (EDT).

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Series Atlantic
Drivers David Rutledge , Buddy Rice , Akihiro Asai