Edmonton: RLR/Andersen Racing qualifying notes

Romancini Qualifies Seventh, Jackson 11th For RLR/Andersen Racing In Firestone Indy Lights Action at Edmonton EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada, July 24 - RLR/Andersen Racing's two Firestone Indy Lights drivers competing at the 1.973, 14-turn temporary...

Romancini Qualifies Seventh, Jackson 11th For RLR/Andersen Racing In Firestone Indy Lights Action at Edmonton

EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada, July 24 - RLR/Andersen Racing's two Firestone Indy Lights drivers competing at the 1.973, 14-turn temporary circuit at Edmonton City Centre Airport this weekend qualified seventh and 11th on Friday in preparation for Saturday's Firestone Indy Lights race there.

The one who will start seventh, Mario Romancini of Sao Paulo, Brazil, was just 1.2610 seconds off J.R. Hildebrand's automatic new track record in qualifying, since this is the inaugural Firestone Indy Lights race at this venue. Romancini's fastest lap in the 45-minute session was his 12th of 25 laps, which he did in 1:07.1675 for an average speed of 105.748 miles per hour. His No. 5, which is sponsored by Andersen Racing, Revita Recycling, Win Brazil Marketing, Allied Interior Products and Lafarge North America, will start beside Andrew Prendeville's No. 2 in Row 4.

Romancini's teammate, Ali Jackson of Belfast, Northern Ireland, recorded his best lap at the end of the qualifying session with a 1:07.4934 (105.237 mph) on his 22nd of 23 laps. His No. 9 advertises the Moyvalley Golf and Hotel Resort and Allied Interior Products. Jackson, who like Romancini is a rookie, will start on the inside of Row 6 beside the series' 2005 champion, veteran Wade Cunningham.

It was sunny and 82 degrees Fahrenheit for qualifying. Romancini was as high as third 20 minutes into the session, but dropped to sixth with a half-hour gone. He remained in sixth until Charlie Kimball ran a faster lap with just three minutes remaining in the session.

Jackson was 15th or 16th in the field of 16 until just after the half-hour mark, when he leaped to 12th. He fell back to 14th and then 15th before he jumped to tenth with just two minutes remaining in the session. His car's rear wing was dragging after he tagged the wall late in the session, but he only lost one more spot before the checkered flag fell

Tomorrow's schedule shows a half-hour warm-up at 8 a.m. local time followed by the 50-lap/98.65-mile race at 2 p.m. local time. Live coverage is slated for indycar.com/pro.

VERSUS's TV coverage is slated for 4 p.m. Eastern time on Monday.

-credit: rlr/ar

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Charlie Kimball , Andrew Prendeville , Wade Cunningham , J.R. Hildebrand , Mario Romancini