ROCKETSPORTS RACING TO START 11TH AND 13TH IN MOLSON INDY MONTREAL MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada (August 27, 2005) - Not bad, but not exactly where the Rocketsports Racing team wanted to qualifying this afternoon in Montreal as Timo Glock and Ryan ...
ROCKETSPORTS RACING TO START 11TH AND 13TH IN MOLSON INDY MONTREAL
MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada (August 27, 2005) - Not bad, but not exactly where the Rocketsports Racing team wanted to qualifying this afternoon in Montreal as Timo Glock and Ryan Hunter-Reay sit 11th and 13th on the grid for tomorrow's Molson Indy Montreal.
The start of the day was positive, as both drivers were telling their crews that the cars were feeling better than yesterday. Final qualifying was the test to see just how those cars had improved. The warm-up segment of qualifying started a bit rough as Hunter-Reay felt the #31 Red Paw Systems, Inc./Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone was sliding around and experiencing more understeer than he did in the morning, but Glock felt that the #8 DHL Global Mail/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone was running better, in terms of traction and getting around the corners. However, he too was experiencing a bit of understeer like his teammate.
As the qualifying segment began, Hunter-Reay and Glock were both running in the top ten during their first stint. After running six laps, Hunter-Reay sat in the eighth spot and Glock was tenth. As they ventured back out onto the 2.709-mile permanent road course of Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the Rocketsports duo tried their best to improve their overall position, in hopes for top ten starts in tomorrow's event.
Falling a few spots shy, Hunter-Reay posted his fastest time of the weekend of 1:22.285 (118.520 mph). That times was good enough to hold the 13th spot on the Champ Car timing and scoring sheets, as the American will start his third Molson Indy Montreal on the inside of row seven. Glock ran his best time in a Champ Car at the Montreal venue this afternoon posting a 1:22.066 (118.836 mph) and will start 11th on the inside of row six.
Rocketsports Racing will have one last time to run on the circuit before the green flag waves to start Round 10 of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford, with a 30-minute warm-up session at 9:45 a.m. ET. The cars will head out to the grid at 1:00 p.m. for the start of the Molson Indy Montreal at 1:45 p.m. The race is scheduled for 79 laps around the 2.709-mile venue and can be seen on NBC with live broadcasting beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Timo Glock #8 DHL Global Mail/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone "It is very difficult to figure out what the problem is. The DHL Global Mail car is not in bad shape; it has good balance and all. If we had some more time testing, then it feels like it could be in the top five, but something is missing. Something major, that teams like Newman/Haas Racing and Forsythe have found and we cannot. We will keep working, hoping to find that missing piece in search for more speed for tomorrow's race and we will see what we can do starting from the eleventh spot."
Ryan Hunter-Reay #31 Red Paw Systems, Inc./ Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone "The whole team has been struggling here in Montreal this weekend. Both cars are out of the top ten. But considering what we went through yesterday, thirteenth is not a bad start for the #31 Red Paw Systems Inc. car, we can work our way from that position. It is going to be a long race, so we have to be smart to be there in the end."