Sunday, August 17, 1997 ...
Sunday, August 17, 1997
#85 STEVE KNAPP, of Salem, Wis. (P-1 Racing-Manheim Auctions/ICG/Miller Milling Co.) on final qualifying:
"Although we've struggled throughout the season, the P-1 Racing team, with the engineering support at Mid-Ohio and again this weekend of my cousin Tom Knapp, has the car the best it's been all year. With consistently some of the quickest split times, the car's hooked up through the corners but we're fighting a pretty serious lack of straight-line speed. As always, getting a clear lap without traffic is really key here. On my second quick lap I came up on a group of slower cars and then had the black flag come out. With the close level of competition in the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Series today, even the smallest of disadvantages make a huge difference. We're going to keep at it and see if we can't find a bit more in the car for tomorrow."
8:00 a.m. - - Session begins under dark, cloudy skies, and temperatures in the upper 50s -85 current track conditions are dry but 40 percent chance of rain showers has been issued.
8:01 - - #26 CUTLER "breaks loose" in turn three and makes hard contact into the water barriers brings out a FULL COURSE CAUTION - driver out and okay - four water barriers reported broken - rescue unit dispatched to retrieve the car.
8:06 - - Light rain drizzle reported in turn 14.
8:09 - - GREEN FLAG
8:13 - - #10 TAGUE impacts cement wall (driver’s right) between turns 11 and 11A - brings out a RED FLAG - driver out and okay - no track blockage reported.
8:22 - - GREEN FLAG - 11 minutes remain in the session.
8:28 - - CHECKERED FLAG
#32 ALEX BARRON was fastest in the Lynx Racing-Victory Circle/Red Line Oil Ralt RT-41 at 2:23.117 - 101.824 mph.
#66 ALEXANDRE TAGLIANI was next fastest in the Player’s Forsythe Racing-Player’s/Indeck Ralt RT-40 at 2:23.946 - 101.238 mph.
#33 BERTRAND GODIN was third fastest in the Player’s Forsythe Racing-Player’s/ Indeck Ralt RT-40 at 2:24.006 - 101.196 mph.