Tracy and Allmendinger Qualify Second and Third at San Jose San Jose, California - July 29th 2006 -- It was strong qualifying effort by the Forsythe duo of Paul Tracy and A.J. Allmendinger who managed to secure the second and third positions on...
Tracy and Allmendinger Qualify Second and Third at San Jose
San Jose, California - July 29th 2006 -- It was strong qualifying effort by the Forsythe duo of Paul Tracy and A.J. Allmendinger who managed to secure the second and third positions on the grid for Sunday's San Jose Grand Prix Presented by Taylor Woodrow. Tracy already had a guaranteed front row position after capturing the Provisional Pole on Friday and was able to conserve his tires for the race. Allmendinger has shown speed all weekend but was not able to match Sebastien Bourdais' flying lap during the qualifying session. Allmendinger and Tracy currently find themselves in the third and fourth position in the hunt for the Vanderbilt Cup and will look to close the points gap to the current leader, Sebastien Bourdais.
"I think today went okay. Obviously we didn't have the kind of speed that Sebastien had, the 48. We didn't really have a chance for that. But we did a 48.6 earlier on in the run, in the first run. The second run, 48.4, I think. I had some cars in front of me, some cars behind me. Nobody seemed to want to let anybody go by, so I wasn't letting anybody by. We ended up with a penalty for holding up another driver. You know, just kind of the end of the qualifying kind of deal out there. We're pretty happy. Obviously we would have liked to have been on pole, but we didn't have enough today for that. We were fortunate enough to lock up the front row yesterday. We didn't have to use our tires too hard today because we were trying to save them for tomorrow."
"I think it was a really good day for the whole Forsythe Indeck team. Congratulations to Sebastien. That was an amazing lap. My car on the Bridgestone blacks is really good. After we used the reds yesterday, I did my first run on the blacks and was really quick, was ready to put on the Bridgestone reds, was excited about it. When we put them on, it just seemed like we could never get the tires to temperature. That's all I had in the car. I'm really pleased. I think we have a great race car for tomorrow's race. It's going to be obviously a long, hot race that just lends itself for a lot of mistakes. We've got a great car balance-wise that will allow me not to make a lot of mistakes. We have the best pit crew in the game. I'm really looking forward to tomorrow."