ROCKETSPORTS ON A ROLL IN SAN JOSE SAN JOSE, California (July 29, 2005) - First day of on-track activities proved the winning capability of the third year Rocketsports Racing team as Timo Glock finished the day in the top three and Ryan ...
ROCKETSPORTS ON A ROLL IN SAN JOSE
SAN JOSE, California (July 29, 2005) - First day of on-track activities proved the winning capability of the third year Rocketsports Racing team as Timo Glock finished the day in the top three and Ryan Hunter-Reay sits solidly in the top ten.
On-track activities started later than usual today in downtown San Jose, as final preparations for the track were being made for the inaugural Taylor Woodrow Grand Prix of San Jose. Cars were not allowed on track until the afternoon, changing the initial Champ Car schedule. Those alterations eliminated provisional qualifying in order to give all the drivers and teams time to learn the track and prepare the cars. Two practice sessions, lasting 45-minutes each, allowed Rocketsports to show they have what it takes to be on top in front of a large crowd of eager California race fans.
During the first session, Glock was constantly running in the top five on the speed charts. With just over five minutes left in the session, the ro okie locked his brakes in turn eight forcing him into the runoff area. Glock immediately put the car in reverse to get back on the track, when he saw Paul Tracy heading toward him in his rear-view mirror. Tracy did not stop in time, hitting the young German in the rear. Some minor damage was done to the #8 DHL Global Mail Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone, ending Glock's first practice session early. He was sitting P4 when he stepped out of the car and was looking forward to getting back out there for some more laps later in the afternoon.
That anticipation showed immediately during the second session. Posting the first quickest lap time of the session, Glock continued his fast pace until the end of the session to finish in the top three, after posting a lap time of 52.835 (98.662 mph). The point's leader in the Rookie-of-the-Year battle continued to show his talent as he was the top running rookie today, the next rookie in the line up was found in the seventh spot on the timing charts.
Hunter-Reay is equally enthused with the start to the weekend as the American was able to post some fast times during both practice sessions this afternoon. During the first practice session, after only running eight laps on the new Champ Car venue, Hunter-Reay demonstrated his speed recording the third fastest time. Posting lap times in the top five throughout the first session, Hunter-Reay finished fifth after running 26 laps around the 1.448-mile temporary street course.
Despite dealing with braking issues today, Hunter-Reay felt the #31 Cytomax Sport Dri nk/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone car was good. During the second session, he did not get many opportunities for a good run, but did post his fastest time of the day at 53.147 (98.083 mph). That time held to be the eighth quickest of the day, rounding out a top-ten result for Rocketsports Racing during their first day running on the streets of San Jose.
The weekend schedule will be back on track tomorrow morning, starting with a 10:30 a.m. local time practice session. Qualifying will take place tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 p.m. to determine the starting grid positions for Sunday's race.
Timo Glock #8 DHL Global Mail/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"It is a shame that we did not qualify today! The DHL Global Mail car was not too bad today; we had a good feeling from the start. During the first practice, we were running in the top five pretty much every lap. At the end I made a mistake and went in the runoff area. While trying to put it in reverse, I looked in my mirror and Paul Tracy was coming sideways and crashed into my car. The second practice started good and just got better. We made some changes and we are running in the top three. So it is definitely a good start to the weekend."
Ryan Hunter-Reay #31 Cytomax Sport Drink/Rocketsports
"The car was good today, however we did not have a good run at the end of the second practice session this afternoon to improve our speed and show the capability of the Cytomax Sport Drink car. We are dealing with a braking issue, so we will have to sort that out for tomorrow. Once we get that figured out, we will be good to go and can expect to be running in the top five."