RANGER AND ZWOLSMAN TO START 16TH AND 18TH IN LONG BEACH Long Beach, California, Saturday, April 8, 2006 -- Andrew Ranger and teammate Charles Zwolsman of the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Team had a better day in final qualifying today on the...
RANGER AND ZWOLSMAN TO START 16TH AND 18TH IN LONG BEACH
Long Beach, California, Saturday, April 8, 2006 -- Andrew Ranger and teammate Charles Zwolsman of the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Team had a better day in final qualifying today on the streets of Long Beach. Both drivers improved their times, but were unable to move up on the grid as the whole field also posted quicker lap times. Ranger, of Roxton Pond, Quebec registered a lap of 1:08.855 (102.894 mph) but remains in 16th place on the grid. Zwolsman, of the Netherlands, fell to the 18th position with a time of 1:09.554 (101.860 mph) after a contact under yellow brought out the red flag, costing him a position.
16th - Andrew Ranger (#27 Tide/Mi-Jack/Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"It was better for me during this qualifying session. I was feeling more comfortable in the car but unfortunately I wasn't able to get in a clean lap because there was always traffic in front of me. The car was better, we changed the brakes before qualifying, because we had some problems during morning practice and we were able to improve our times so we are definitely going in the right direction. Tomorrow is going to be a long race and I'll be patient until the end."
18th - Charles Zwolsman (#34 Mi-Jack/Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone):
"The car was not too bad but we are still looking for a proper balance. We still have a brake problem which made it pretty difficult to put in some decent lap times. Then at the end, under yellow, I was slowing down and somebody hit me. I got turned around, the red flag came out and that cost me my best lap. I know the team is going to work hard to give me a good car for tomorrow."
Chris Mower, Team Manager:
"Charles and Andrew did well to improve their lap times from yesterday but we did not have a trouble free session. Andrew found it difficult to get a clear lap and Charles had a braking problem that significantly affected his lap times. Both drivers did well to stay out of trouble until Charles' last lap, when slowing to the white and yellow flag due to Tracy's incident, he was hit by Will Power which put an end to his session. To add insult to injury they took away his fast lap when it was not his fault."
The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach starts at 1:00 p.m. local time and will be aired live on NBC.