TORONTO (July 17, 2010) - Firestone Indy Lights points leader J.K. Vernay recorded the quickest lap - 1 minute, 5.2989 seconds - to claim the Sunoco Pole Award for the Toronto 100 with a minute left in the 50-minute session to earn the pole for...
TORONTO (July 17, 2010) - Firestone Indy Lights points leader J.K. Vernay recorded the quickest lap - 1 minute, 5.2989 seconds - to claim the Sunoco Pole Award for the Toronto 100 with a minute left in the 50-minute session to earn the pole for the 50-lap race on the 1.75-mile, 11-turn street circuit at Exhibition Place.
It was the second pole and fourth front-row start of the season for Vernay in the No. 7 Lucas Oil/CJ/Sam Schmidt Motorsports car.
DAY 2 NOTEBOOK:
Carmen Jorda's #4 Firestone Indy Lights car is carrying decals celebrating Spain's World Cup victory by carrying the Spanish flag on the sidepods and "Congratulations Spain" on the rear wing. Jorda is a native of Alcoy, Spain.
2009 Firestone Indy Lights champion J.R. Hildebrand is assisting Cape Motorsport with Wayne Taylor Racing as a driver coach for Gustavo Yacaman. Hildebrand, who is slated to make his IZOD IndyCar Series debut next month with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, won the Cooper Tires series championship in 2006 for Cape Motorsports and worked with the team's co-owners, Nicholas and Dominic Cape, in Firestone Indy Lights at Andersen Racing in 2008.
SUNOCO POLE QUALIFYING NOTES:
* This is J.K. Vernay's second Sunoco Pole Award of the year. He also started from pole at Barber Motorsports Park in April.
* This is Sam Schmidt Motorsport's 34th pole position in the Firestone Indy Lights.
* This is James Hinchcliffe's fourth front row start this season. He was also started second in this race a year ago.
* Dan Clarke qualified third. It is his career-best start in Firestone Indy Lights. His previous best start was 10th at Indy.
* Gustavo Yacaman's fourth-place start is his career-best start in Firestone Indy Lights. His previous best start was 6th at Iowa earlier this year and at Milwaukee last year.
SUNOCO POLE QUALIFYING QUOTES:
J.K. VERNAY (No. 7 Lucas/CJ/Sam Schmidt Motorsports, Sunoco Pole Award winner): "It was great really, really hot, but great. My whole team did such a great job, my engineer and the crew they were great. At the beginning we were struggling a little bit but towards the end we found the right line and made it work. Hopefully tomorrow we will have a repeat."
JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No 2 Xtreme Coil Drilling/TMR, second): "It was pretty exciting qualifying today, it didn't quite go as we planned, we came in on our first set of tires, hit a bunch of traffic, got a great lap in, came in to get an adjustment and as we went to go leave the pit the car wouldn't start. So as a result we ha dot pull in the second set of tires and just decided to go for broke. The car was good but we didn't quite have enough. We're going to give him a run for his money tomorrow and it's great to be racing here in Toronto."
The 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season continues July 18 with the Honda Indy Toronto on the streets of Toronto. The race will be telecast live in High Definition at 12:30 p.m. (ET) by ABC. The race will air live on the IMS Radio Network, XM channel 145 and Sirius channel 212. The race also will be carried on www.indycar.com. The 2010 Firestone Indy Lights season continues with the Toronto 100 on July 18 on the streets of Toronto.