race Toronto, Ontario, CAN. (July 15, 2000) - Buddy Rice, driver for DSTP Atlantic, will start from the second row for tomorrow's CART Toyota Atlantic race at Toronto's Exhibition Place, part of the Molson Indy Toronto CART FedEx...
Toronto, Ontario, CAN. (July 15, 2000) - Buddy Rice, driver for DSTP Atlantic, will start from the second row for tomorrow's CART Toyota Atlantic race at Toronto's Exhibition Place, part of the Molson Indy Toronto CART FedEx Championship weekend. Despite a brush with the wall early in the session, Rice's fastest time of 1:07.442 (93.680 miles per hour) came on his final lap of the 30-minute session resulting in fourth overall.
"I brushed the wall on the back side and popped the left front tire, which put us back just a little bit," said Rice, who won from the fourth starting spot at Homestead earlier this year. "After that, it was hard to get a clear lap. The car was best late in the session, but we only had enough time left for two green laps. We definitely have a good car for the race. We'll make a few changes tonight, see where we're at in the morning warm-up, and go from there."
The qualifying session was stopped on three separate occasions, totaling nearly 12 minutes, to remove stalled cars from the track. Andrew Bordin captured pole position with a time of 1:06.871, followed by Dan Wheldon, William Langhorne, Rice and Alex Gurney. All top five starters were under the previous track qualifying record.
"We're happy to be starting from one of the first two rows," said Dede Rogers, team owner. "The first turn can be a tricky place here, so it's best to be as close to the front as possible. Hopefully, we can stay away from trouble and have a clean race to the front."
Rice and DSTP set the second fastest time earlier today in practice (1:07.285). Tomorrow's Atlantic activities begin with a 15-minute warm-up at 8:00 a.m., followed by the 35-lap race at 12:00 noon. The Atlantic race is the featured support event for the Molson Indy Toronto and will be televised via espn2 on Sunday, July 23, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT), with an encore presentation on Thursday, July 27, at 4:00 a.m. (EDT).