Dorricott dominates on Friday; sweep top-3 in provisional qualifying at Road America ELKHART LAKE, Wis., (August 16, 2002) -- Jon Fogarty (Dorricott Racing/Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards Swift 014.a) and his teammates took a stand in Friday...
Dorricott dominates on Friday; sweep top-3 in provisional qualifying at Road America
ELKHART LAKE, Wis., (August 16, 2002) -- Jon Fogarty (Dorricott Racing/Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards Swift 014.a) and his teammates took a stand in Friday afternoon's qualifying that this Championship is far from being over. With a threat of storms tomorrow afternoon, Fogarty set fastest time while breaking Hoover Orsi's 2001 track record at the 4.048-mile circuit at Road America.
Fogarty, who enters this weekend 19 points behind Michael Valiante (Lynx Racing Swift 014.a), posted a time of 2:01.110 seconds (120.327 mph) which came late in the session and broke Orsi's mark of 2:01.278 seconds (120.160 mph). Fogarty earned the bonus Championship point with the provisional pole cutting Valiante's lead down to 18 points along with guaranteeing a front row starting spot in Sunday's race. Valiante logged the fourth fastest lap with a time of 2:01.353 seconds (120.086 mph).
"Every point I get is crucial at this stage of the season," said Fogarty. "Luis and Alex are right with me which is excellent for Dorricott Racing. However, my best lap was an effort. Time was running out. Laps at this track are so long that you don't get many chances. I came onto the front straight-away not exceptionally well. I knew I had to make it up so I challenged the brake zone entering turn five, worked to get through turn six, and actually altered my gear pattern on that lap. It paid off. I went of it in the final corner and nearly tossed the car off the track, but I didn't and the rest is track history now"
Luis Diaz (Dorricott Racing/Telmex Swift 014.a) held the top spot late in the session before Fogarty took it over. Diaz, who was also under Orsi's record, held the second quickest time of 2:01.258 seconds (120.180 mph) and was followed by his teammate, Alex Gurney (Dorricott Racing/Behr Castrol Swift 014.a) with a time of 2:01.340 seconds (120.099 mph). Both drivers are in need of cutting into Valiante's Championship lead this weekend to keep their title hopes alive.
Waldemar Coronas (Scuadra Fortia/Aviacsa/Royce/Maizoro/Millenio Swift 014.a) continues his strong second half season run by posting the fifth quickest lap with a time of 2:01.414 seconds (120.026 mph).
"The track is great," said an excited Coronas. "I have never been here before but it reminds me of Monza in Italy. The long straightaways and the sweeping turns are like that track. We are three-tenths of a second off of the pole, so if the weather stays like today, we can go faster.
The session was slowed once for three minutes when Alex Garcia (Transnet Racing/Dixien Swift 014.a) spun in Turn 8 and stalled. After assistance from the CART Simple Green Safety Team, Garcia was able to continue on and stay in the session.
Saturday practice begins tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. CST with second round qualifying getting underway at 12:20 p.m. CST.
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The CART Toyota Atlantic Championship is one of the world's premier open-wheel development series and the top rung on CART's "ladder system", as well as having $100,000 race purses and a one million dollar points fund. It is also noted for its long history of graduating its stars into CART competition. Among the drivers who have graduated from the Atlantic Series are CART Champ Car stars Michael Andretti, Jimmy Vasser, Patrick Carpentier, Alex Tagliani as well as former series champions Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan and Jacques Villeneuve.