PacWest Gateway Saturday notes

(Madison, IL) For the second consecutive day, rain has drastically shortened practice and qualifying time for the Dayton Indy lights series. The St. Louis race represents Round Nine of 12 races on the 2001 schedule, and the second and final time...

(Madison, IL) For the second consecutive day, rain has drastically shortened practice and qualifying time for the Dayton Indy lights series. The St. Louis race represents Round Nine of 12 races on the 2001 schedule, and the second and final time the lights cars will share a venue with the IRL.

With a steady rain Saturday morning, drivers had less than 10-minutes of track time for practice and qualifying, and the starting grid for Sunday's race was set by current points standings. During the ten-minute morning practice session, Dan Wheldon was second quickest with a lap time of 30.661 seconds at a speed of 149.115 mph. His teammate, Mario Dominguez, was fourth quickest overall after posting a time of 31.296 seconds at 146.089 mph.

Wheldon, driver of the #1 Gemstar PacWest Lights entry will start the race tomorrow from the inside of row two in the third grid position. Mario Dominguez, driver of the #17 del Valle Corona Televisa PacWest Lights machine will start alongside teammate Wheldon in the fourth grid position. Wheldon is currently third in the championship battle while Dominguez sits in the fifth position. Dominguez improves his grid position by one, because Kristian Kolby will not compete in St. Louis.

Sunday's 80-lap (100 miles) Dayton Indy Lights sprint is scheduled to start at 11:00 a.m. local time and can be seen in a one-hour show on ESPN2 late that evening at 2:00 a.m. ET (early Monday morning). Viewers on the West Coast can see the race at 11:00 p.m. PT Sunday night.

-PacWest

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Dan Wheldon , Mario Dominguez , Kristian Kolby