SAM SCHMIDT MOTORSPORTS QUALIFIES AT MID-OHIO AND LOOKS FOR STRONG RESULTS IN RACE LEXINGTON, Ohio- Qualifying took place on Saturday afternoon at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the ninth race of the 2010 Firestone Indy Lights season, and...
SAM SCHMIDT MOTORSPORTS QUALIFIES AT MID-OHIO AND LOOKS FOR STRONG RESULTS IN RACE
LEXINGTON, Ohio- Qualifying took place on Saturday afternoon at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the ninth race of the 2010 Firestone Indy Lights season, and J.K. Vernay led the way for Sam Schmidt Motorsports by qualifying seventh for Sunday's Mid-Ohio 100.
James Winslow followed in ninth and Philip Major in 10th.
Though the team and drivers aren't satisfied with their Saturday results, everyone knows that Sunday is payday. There's one practice session left to experiment a few things in preparations for Sunday's race.
No. 7 LUCAS OIL/CJ Motorsport/Sam Schmidt Motorsports Driver J.K. Vernay
"Qualifying was tough for us. Since Friday, we've been struggling with the car. It's been difficult. I think we'll be better on Sunday, but it may be too late. We had a rough qualifying ending up in seventh. Just making the podium will be tough. If we end up on the podium, it'd be great. We'll see what happens tomorrow. I'm confident that my engineer, crew, manager, everyone is going to work hard to improve things and get back fighting in the front."
No. 49 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Driver Philip Major
"Qualifying didn't really go as well as we had expected. We had some struggles with the balance of the car. We were always just a bit behind from where we needed to be. This is something that we need to focus on fixing. We ended up 10th, and obviously I'm not very happy about it, but I'm looking forward to moving up in the race and salvaging a good result."
No. 77 FOCAL POINT/Sam Schmidt Motorsports Driver James Winslow
"We struggled a bit with the car in qualifying. We couldn't get the balance right between the front and rear. J.K. and I were both struggling with the exact same thing. All the teams are looking at things. The engineers are all putting their heads together to try and come up for a solution for the race. It's not an ideal situation. I'm a bit disappointed, but it's not over yet. It's not over until the checkered flag. Hopefully we can charge through the field. It's definitely possible. It's tough to overtake on this track, but you never know what's going to happen with the people up front. Hopefully, it's going to be an exciting race."