Denver: Team Rahal Saturday notes

Fogarty takes fourth and Patrick seventh in Denver qualifying DENVER, COLORADO . . .Team Rahal's Jon Fogarty shook off the rust and qualified fourth while Danica Patrick battled an ill-handling car and qualified seventh for Sunday's Argent ...

Fogarty takes fourth and Patrick seventh in Denver qualifying

DENVER, COLORADO . . .Team Rahal's Jon Fogarty shook off the rust and qualified fourth while Danica Patrick battled an ill-handling car and qualified seventh for Sunday's Argent Mortgage Challenge at the Centrix Grand Prix of Denver. Fogarty, the 2002 Toyota Atlantic champion, won the Denver race in 2002 starting from fourth. Fogarty hasn't driven a competitive race since that win last Labor Day weekend. Fogarty posted a fast lap of 87.647 mph.

"The session went pretty well," said Fogarty. "I just drove my ass off and the Norwalk car was pretty good and we ended up fourth. We made some changes overnight and we really didn't get a chance to check them out in this morning's practice, fortunately everyone here at Team Rahal knows what is up so we made the right changes and it paid off in qualifying. It was still a chore. It isn't anything I didn't expect after a year out of the saddle, but I feel good about it. I am happy. I started fourth here last year and we won so it seemed to work for us. Other than being a touch rusty everything is good. We have a strong car and there is still more to go so we can get some more speed out of it tomorrow. I am really looking forward to tomorrow."

Patrick slipped from fifth to seventh on the grid due to a car that was very loose. Patrick posted a quick lap of 87.428 mph. "The Argent car was really loose today and that affected the ability of the car to get the power down which meant it was simply a handling issue we couldn't get around. I am a bit disappointed because we started so strong this weekend, but we are still seventh and it could be a lot worse. We will go back and make a few changes and we will be better for the race tomorrow."

Points leader A.J. Allmendinger captured the pole position with a fast lap of 88.540 mph, setting a new track record. Allmendinger is poised to win the Atlantic championship this weekend if he finishes sixth or higher. Sunday's Argent Mortgage Challenge will be run at 12:30 pm EDT and seen on a one hour tape delay (1:30 pm EDT) on SPEED Channel.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Jon Fogarty , A.J. Allmendinger , Danica Patrick