DAN WHELDON - ...
DAN WHELDON - # 1 GEMSTAR PACWEST LIGHTS
Position: 2nd Time: 1:14.163s Laps: 16 Speed: 109.607mph
"The balance of my car is pretty good, but I've been battling a little understeer coming out of turn one all day," said Wheldon. "We're still very close to Townsend but he seems to be better on fresh tires than I am right now. I really need to work on extracting the most out of my car on new tires because we're hurting ourselves more than we're helping ourselves in that respect. Overall I'm happy with starting second. I won from the outside of the front row in 1999 while racing here in Formula Ford's, so I think we're in a good position for tomorrow."
MARIO DOMINGUEZ - # 17 DEL VALLE CORONA TELEVISA PACWEST LIGHTS
Position: 7th Time: 1:14.164s Laps: 16 Speed: 108.406mph
"My car has improved since practice, but it's still a little jumpy over the bumps - especially coming out of turn nine," said Dominguez. "I was hoping that fresh tires would compensate for my slight lack of rear grip, and I think it did. We were just hurt by the two red flags that flew during qualifying. I think I finally have a good set-up but I couldn't take advantage of it this afternoon. Passing is tough here, but we'll battle our way through the field tomorrow and push for a good result."