A1 Team USA Qualifies in 17th Place for First Ever A1 Grand Prix Qualifying Session Qualifying time of 2'33.317 sets challenge for Sunday Race. BRANDS HATCH, Great Britain - Driver Scott Speed and A1 Team USA qualified in 17th place for ...
A1 Team USA Qualifies in 17th Place for First Ever A1 Grand Prix Qualifying Session
Qualifying time of 2'33.317 sets challenge for Sunday Race.
BRANDS HATCH, Great Britain - Driver Scott Speed and A1 Team USA qualified in 17th place for Sunday's debut of the A1 Grand Prix of Nations competition at Brands Hatch during qualifying on Saturday. A1 Team USA clocked in at 2'33.317 - the average of its two best times during the four qualifying sessions - to finish just below the middle of the pack leading into Sunday's race.
Having had the fastest time in the previous day's practice session, finishing 17th in the qualifying session was a surprise, however A1 Team USA owner Rick Weidinger remains cautiously optimistic about the team's chances in the first A1 Grand Prix, to be run Sunday at Brands Hatch.
"We worked the car very well, and were able to accomplish a lot today" said Weidinger. "Higher qualifying would be great, but Sunday's race is all that counts. We've got some work to do, but I am encouraged by both Scott's attitude and our previous practice performances both yesterday, and last month at Paul Ricard, where we finished first. I was pretty confident we could achieve a lot of positive things today and I think we have. Sunday's race still looks very promising for A1 Team USA."
In terms of comments that there may have been an issue with the Team USA car, team driver, Scott Speed, was insistent that there were no issues.
"On a track like this, with all the tips in evaluation there is always a chance that something could go wrong with the car. But we had no issues, other than typical adjustments you always need to make. The car is in good shape, we just need to tighten up our performance as a team on Sunday. I am confident that we can do just that and be very successful."
Weidinger said he was extremely proud of A1 Team USA's efforts during the qualifying sessions and in particular was encouraged by Speed's last lap of the qualifying which was his fastest.
"Given our last qualifying lap was our fastest of the day, I think we are moving in the right direction and I am looking forward to Sunday."