Joey Hand's bid for a pole or front row starting spot will have to wait until tomorrow after running out of time in Thursday evening's CART Toyota Atlantic Championship qualifying in Cleveland. Although Hand's time of 1:06.712 (113.647 mph) was...
Joey Hand's bid for a pole or front row starting spot will have to wait until tomorrow after running out of time in Thursday evening's CART Toyota Atlantic Championship qualifying in Cleveland. Although Hand's time of 1:06.712 (113.647 mph) was only good enough for seventh place, second place was only three tenths of a second away.
With time running out in the 40-minute qualifying session, Hand was having a difficult time of finding a clear track to get a clean lap in. On what Hand thought would be his best lap, Hand ran up on another car that had slowed due to problems and the delay wiped out any chance for Hand to move up the provisional grid.
Hand and the DSTP Motorsports team will get another shot on Friday afternoon. The Atlantic teams take to the track again tomorrow at 1:15 p.m. EST for a 30-minute practice which will be followed by another 40-minute qualifying session at 4:45 p.m. EST.
Hand on Friday Qualifying:
"I think the car was pretty good--better than seventh place for sure. The DSTP team made a good effort and made some great changes during the session. We were coming to at the end after we put on our new tires. I had to get by some traffic so my second and third to last laps were not that good and we were running out of time. But my last lap was clean and I knew it was going to be a good one and I only needed two or three tenths to make it up to second. I stood on it and then Diaz had something go wrong with his car in front of me and failed to get out of the racing line in turns four and five and that was it. We have a good car for practice and qualifying tomorrow and we should be better than we were today."
Through DSTP Motorsports, Dede Rogers has established herself as a true believer in promoting talented young American drivers into professional racing. Formed in 1994, DSTP first campaigned a team in the Dodge Shelby Pro Series before moving into the U.S. F2000 National Championship in 1995. Such notable drivers as Memo Gidley, Alex Barron, Sam Hornish, Jr. and Jerry Nadeau competed in cars fielded by DSTP before Buddy Rice swept to the Atlantic title during DSTP Motorsports first season in the series in 2000.