Heylen Finishes Final Qualifying Seventh but will Start Mont Tremblant Race Twelfth At today's final qualifying session, Mother Nature decided to throw the teams a curveball and began the session with heavy rain. Jan Heylen ( ...
Heylen Finishes Final Qualifying Seventh but will Start Mont Tremblant Race Twelfth
At today's final qualifying session, Mother Nature decided to throw the teams a curveball and began the session with heavy rain. Jan Heylen (#34 Champ Car Grand Prix of Belgium / Cosworth / DP01 / Bridgestone) was able to take a few laps on the rain tires and had a good start, jumping to the top of the field before the rain actually stopped and the regular Bridgestone 'blacks' slicks tires were put onto the car.
After the tire change, Heylen was a bit cautious to avoid any red flags and ultimately was able to end his session in seventh place. This is the first top ten qualifying session for Conquest Racing Champ Car team in the 2007 season.
Jan Heylen #34 Champ Car Grand Prix of Belgium / Cosworth / DP01 / Bridgestone
"Everybody was out there for a front row position because the lap times were most likely not going to improve from yesterday," began Heylen. "We actually started out fairly strong and were leading at the beginning of the session. The team had planned my laps perfectly but by the last lap we had fallen back in the field a little bit. I think that I could have pushed the car more and taken more risk to get those last few tenths of a second to have a first row start but we did our best and are looking forward to the race tomorrow."
Eric Bachelart Quote
"Well, we were hoping to avoid the rain today and we were prepared to make a strong showing when it occurred," said Eric Bachelart, Conquest Racing team owner. "The laps on the rain tires were fast and I was happy to see Jan leading at the beginning of the session. Once the rain stopped we know we wanted to get back onto the racing slicks and ultimately made the decision to use the Bridgestone 'blacks'. Jan did a good job with tricky conditions and we were shooting for fasted lap of the session in order to start from the front row. We missed that and at the end, no one was able to improve their lap times, we'll be starting twelfth and I'm confident that Jan will be able to have a good finish in the race tomorrow."
The green flag drops on the sixth round of the 2007 Champ Car World Series on Sunday, July 1st at 2:00 p.m. EST. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN beginning at 2:00 p.m. EST as well as broadcast live on XM Satellite Radio Channel 205.
Mont Tremblant is the first leg of the Champ Car Canadian Triple Crown which will pit teams against each other over the three successive Canadian races. The competition will continue next week in Toronto (July 8) and will conclude in Edmonton on July 22nd. Standings in the Triple Crown will be based upon a combined average finish for each team.