Sciuto Set For Winning Front in Grand Prix of Denver Atlantic Race Reigning Denver Atlantic Pole Winner Seeks Front-Running Form This Weekend Polestar team won 2004 Denver race with driver Ronnie Bremer Chardon, Ohio (August 9, 2006) -- After...
Sciuto Set For Winning Front in Grand Prix of Denver Atlantic Race
Reigning Denver Atlantic Pole Winner Seeks Front-Running Form This Weekend
Polestar team won 2004 Denver race with driver Ronnie Bremer
Chardon, Ohio (August 9, 2006) -- After virtually being taken out of the Grand Prix of San Jose two weeks ago by another competitor, last year's Denver Atlantic pole-winner Alan Sciuto (#12 Sealy/PKV Racing/The RoomStore of Phoenix/W.S. Deans) will be seeking redemption in this weekend's Champ Car Grand Prix of Denver Atlantic race. And nothing would suit Sciuto more than to recapture the pole this year and continue on to his first career Atlantic victory.
Polestar Racing Group teammate Alex Barron (#21 The RoomStore of Phoenix) suffered a similar fate in San Jose as he was hit from behind while running in the top ten and lost several positions while pitted to repair damages. If there's anything the 1997 Atlantic series champion would like to turn this season around, it's a victory this weekend as well.
"We definitely should have been on the podium in San Jose," said Sciuto, who started that race sixth, until the car of James Hinchcliffe hit him from behind and launched over Sciuto's head, taking off his rear wing and both side mirrors in the process. "We rolled off of the trailer fast, and our performance there should translate to Denver as well. There are some similarities between the two tracks and I think we have a good set-up for the tighter street courses. I also know this track pretty well, and led both qualifying sessions to take the overall pole, so I'm looking forward to a good race this weekend in Denver."
"We're both looking forward to continuing in Denver this weekend," said Barron, who took the 1997 Atlantic title with five wins, four poles and six fastest-race laps. "San Jose turned out to be a tough weekend for the team, through no fault of our own. We seem to have a good, solid set-up for street courses and have been running well in all of the street races this season. This is our last street race this season and it would be great to have a top finish in Denver."
Barron, of Menifee, Calif., is the only Atlantic series champion in the field this weekend. Since winning the 1997 Atlantic title, he competed in the Champ Car World Series and Indy Racing League from 1998 to 2005 with such teams as Cheever Racing, All American Racers and Team Penske. This is his first appearance at Denver's 1.65-mile temporary street course.
Orange, California - native Sciuto, 18, was recognized as North America's top shifter kart racer in 2004 before competing in three Atlantic races last year. He qualified seventh in his series debut in San Jose, then the following week in Denver led both rounds of qualifying to capture his first career Atlantic pole position and establish himself as the youngest-ever Atlantic pole winner at just 17 years of age. He went on to finish last year's Denver race second, and is currently tenth overall and the seventh highest rookie in the 2006 Champ Car Atlantic season standings.
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