CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Rocketsports Racing Friday report

ROCKETSPORTS RACING CAR GOOD TO GO FOR THE WEEKEND IN TORONTO TORONTO, Canada (July 7, 2006) - Rocketsports Racing's provisional qualifying results do not reflect the positive feedback that was found today during Kasemets' first run on a...

ROCKETSPORTS RACING CAR GOOD TO GO FOR THE WEEKEND IN TORONTO

TORONTO, Canada (July 7, 2006) - Rocketsports Racing's provisional qualifying results do not reflect the positive feedback that was found today during Kasemets' first run on a temporary street course as the team looks forward to having more on-track time to improve their speed and overall position for Sunday's Molson Grand Prix of Toronto.

"This is the most comfortable car that I have driven so far for Rocketsports Racing, in terms of balance," said Kasemets about the #18 Flexovit Abrasives/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone. I have to continue to work on my driving here in Toronto by going deeper into the corners and carrying more speed. I think we are in good shape. The Rocketsports team has done a good job on the #18 Flexovit Abrasive/Rocketsports car making improvements from Cleveland for this weekend, which has resulted in such a good car for me to drive. I think that we are headed in the right direction and more is to come from me and the team this weekend."

During the provisional qualifying session practice this afternoon, Kasemets was on a really good run, before he went a little too hard and into the runoff area in Turn Eight. If that incident did not occur, the time that he was running on that lap was good enough to move him into the top ten. That was a good sign to the team informing them that they are right on-track with where they need to be this weekend.

Kasemets admits that he needs to continue to work on his driving out there on the 1.755-mile course, but for a first run on a tight racing course he held his own. Street course racing is not as easy as it appears, as the walls are closer than they appear and maneu vering one of these 750-hp Champ Cars on such narrow terrain takes talent, patience, and practice. Kasemets has all three of those requirements met, but just needs a little more time to get more acquainted with the demands of a challenging street course.

Kasemets ran his quickest lap of the day this afternoon posting a 1:01.530 (102.682 mph). More is definitely to come from this driver and the Rocketsports team as today clearly proved. There is a one-hour practice tomorrow morning scheduled at 10:30 a.m. local time. The afternoon will see the green flag drop at 2:00 p.m. signifying the start of final qualifying, which will determine the starting line-up from Sunday's main event. To follow all the action, tomorrow and on race day, sign up for race director at www.champcar.ws.

-rsr-

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