QUALFIYING RESULTS REMAIN UNCHANGED FOR ROCKETSPORTS RACING AFTER WET SECOND DAY IN EDMONTON EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada (July 16, 2005) - Rocketsports Racing driver Timo Glock will officially start as the top rookie in Sunday's Grand...
QUALFIYING RESULTS REMAIN UNCHANGED FOR ROCKETSPORTS RACING AFTER WET SECOND DAY IN EDMONTON
EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada (July 16, 2005) - Rocketsports Racing driver Timo Glock will officially start as the top rookie in Sunday's Grand Prix of Edmonton after the second day of on-track activity was hindered by rain, causing the final grid lineup to be determined by Friday's provisional qualifying times.
The Rocketsports team stepped outside of their hotel this morning with a rude awakening of heavy rain and cool temperatures. The morning session had to be postponed until the afternoon as a supportive crowd anxiously awaited the Champ Cars' return onto the 1.973-mile street course of Finning International Speedway due to standing water on the newly formulated track.
Appreciating the support from over 66,000 Canadian race fans today, Rocketsports welcomed a number of onlookers into their garage area to witness up-close and personal the #8 DHL Global Mail and #31 Cytomax Sport Drink machines and tour the team transporters. Crew members chatted with the locals and drivers Glock and Hunter-Reay came out to sign some autographs, as a thank you for their overwhelming support and interest in the Champ Car World Series as it makes its debut in Alberta, Canada.
Then the team got back to business, as changes were made in the day's schedule sending the Champ Cars out at 1:30 p.m. for a 45-minute practice session before final qualifying. The rain stopped, but the track remained wet and the Rocketsports duel was found up on top of the timing and scoring sheets immediately in the practice session. As the afternoon activities continued, the track gradually dried off and the Rocketsports stablemates were unable to improve their times from yesterday. Those slower track times and red flags were the two major factors in the unchanged results from yesterday's provisionally qualifying, where Glock will start ninth and Hunter-Reay 14th in tomorrow's Grand Prix of Edmonton.
During that qualifying session this afternoon, Glock made contact with the wall in Turn Seven. On his third qualifying lap, he was surprised with a hit from behind when Justin Wilson tried to make a pass on the inside, but instead put the rookie into the tires. Damage to the front suspension was made on the #8 DHL Global Mail car, but nothing to be alarmed by as the Rocketsports crew will repair it and prepare to race tomorrow afternoon.
Round seven of 14 in the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford takes place tomorrow afternoon, here in Edmonton, Canada. The West Edmonton Mall Grand Prix of Edmonton is set to take the green flag tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 p.m. local time. The race can be seen live on SPEED Channel with coverage beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET.
"We were not too bad during practice today, running mostly in the top three as the track was still a bit wet from all the rain this morning. We went out for our first run in qualifying on black Bridgestone tires and immediately the red flag came out, the same story this whole weekend as trying to get in a run is impossible. During the end of the qualifying session, we went out on the Reds (Bridgestone Option Tires) and got in one warm up lap. Wilson let me pass him, so I was ready to start a hot lap. As I was turning into Turn Seven, Wilson and I made contact. I had no idea what he was doing. There was absolutely no room for him to pass me in that corner. It was a stupid mistake on his part and it messed up my qualifying session this afternoon."
"I think that our team is going to have to do a rain dance tonight and tomorrow morning. Both Rocketsports cars were quick in the wet conditions today. Timo (Glock) and I were consistently in the top five in the wet. However, when the track dried out, we were back outside of the top ten. The main problem that we are facing is the rear of the #31 Cytomax Sport Drink car is very loose, which is holding us back and not allowing us to run better times. That is something that we will work on tonight, as we prepare for the race tomorrow afternoon."