BROOKLYN, Mich. - Brazilian driver Luiz Garcia Jr. qualified for his first 500-mile race today at the Michigan Speedway. Garcia, 29, ran his fastest time, 32.714 seconds (220.089 mph) on his second qualifying lap, which was also his best time...
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Brazilian driver Luiz Garcia Jr. qualified for his first 500-mile race today at the Michigan Speedway.
Garcia, 29, ran his fastest time, 32.714 seconds (220.089 mph) on his second qualifying lap, which was also his best time of the weekend. Garcia improved on his time and speed with every session.
After qualifying, Garcia credited the Project Racing Group (P.R.G.) crew in helping him make the field with his 2000 Hollywood-Embratel-Telegate-Reynard/Mercedes-Benz. He also said he would run at his own pace, yet stay within competitive times.
The Michigan 500 begins at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
Quotes "I felt I could improve my time and speed with each run and I did. It's a nice feeling to qualify for my first five-hundred mile race and it's going to be a good one. Reliability is going to be very important here obviously as will driving in traffic. I think we could have had a better time, but with my accident in practice at Cleveland a few weeks ago, I missed test time here. We're going to sort a few things out, but we made some progress throughout." - Luiz Garcia Jr., Driver
"We have to credit the crew for getting Luiz in the race. They didn't miss a beat all weekend and pulled in several all-nighters in preparing the car and the back-up for the race. Luiz had a great qualifying run. To qualify here without testing is a big achievement for him and I am very happy and proud of him and the crew. Luiz's strong points have been his race and we're hoping to come home with some more points and who knows? Maybe even a podium finish." - Andreas Leberle, Team Owner