Servia Qualifies Eight Provisionally, Tracy Struggles with Mechanical Woes Edmonton, Alberta, Canada -- July 20, 2007 -- The Forsythe Duo of Oriol Servia and Paul Tracy had a difficult start of the weekend at the Rexall Edmonton Grand Prix,...
Servia Qualifies Eight Provisionally, Tracy Struggles with Mechanical Woes
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada -- July 20, 2007 -- The Forsythe Duo of Oriol Servia and Paul Tracy had a difficult start of the weekend at the Rexall Edmonton Grand Prix, third and final round in the Champ Car Canadian Triple Crown. Servia, who was a serious contender for the pole position only two weeks ago in Toronto, struggled with a loose race car and changing track conditions and only managed to turn the ninth fastest time of the day with a lap of 59.528s. Mechanical failures plagued Tracy's day, the problems began during morning practice when a suspension failure forced him to sit for most of the session while his #3 crew repaired the car. After turning the second quickest lap during the 10-minute pre-qualifying practice session, the Canadian managed to turn only four laps during qualifying before an electrical problem ended his day without ever having the chance to turn a flyier, his quickest warm up lap of 1m01.55s places him 15th on the provisional grid for Sunday's race.
Oriol Servia #7 Indeck Cosworth/Bridgestone/DP01
Qualified Eight Provisionally
"Disappointed because in the morning the car really out of the box wasn't as good as in Toronto. But we made some progress and found some speed, for qualifying the track changed quite a bit and we just went the wrong way, we ended up having a pretty bad qualifying session. It was actually a very strange session because we only got one run due to that red flag at the end. We just have to keep working at it and hopefully tomorrow we'll be better."
Paul Tracy #3 Indeck Cosworth/Bridgestone/DP01
Qualified 15th Provisionally
"Well today was pretty much a disaster. I can't really say much about the car or about the track because I've barely done any laps, I haven't even had a chance to really get up to speed. In the morning I went out and did a few laps and then suddenly something broke on the suspension and it took a while to fix so we were just sitting in the pits. Then we went out again and had some type of electrical problem so we had to come back in but the session was already over anyway. When I went out during the 10 minute pre-qualifying practice the car actually felt pretty good, it was definitely something we could work with. But we never got the chance to, after only four laps during qualifying we had a short in the electrical system and the whole car shut off, my crew tried to repair it in the pits but there was a lot of damage. So obviously it's a pretty poor start to the weekend, hopefully tomorrow we'll get to do more laps and see what we got."
Final qualifying for the Rexall Grand Prix Edmonton takes place Saturday at 4:00 PM Eastern Time. The race will be broadcast LIVE July 22 at 3:00pm Eastern Time on ESPN and XM Satellite Radio 205, and in Canada through Global and RDS. You can also tune in to Race Director, available through the Champ Car website, for live coverage of the race and many practice and qualifying sessions with multiple channels of live video, audio, timing, telemetry and commentary.