Fogarty retains pole in Toronto

Jon Fogarty proved his dominance of the Toyota Atlantic Series today by grabbing the pole for Round 7 of the series at Exhibition Place in Toronto. This is the seventh career pole for the Pacific Coast Motorsports driver who completed the...

Jon Fogarty proved his dominance of the Toyota Atlantic Series today by grabbing the pole for Round 7 of the series at Exhibition Place in Toronto. This is the seventh career pole for the Pacific Coast Motorsports driver who completed the 1.755-mile temporary street course in 1:05.803 with an average speed of 96.014 miles per hour.

"We made numerous changes and, collectively, it was for the better," said Fogarty following the second of two qualifying sessions this weekend. "I pinched a nerve in my back in my third lap and it still kind of bothers me now. I came into turn 1 and made a sharp turn and then it happened but I should be okay for Sunday."

After holding the top spot for most of the first 37 minutes of the 45-minute qualifying session, Fogarty lost the pole temporarily to PaySystems Polestar Racing's rookie Ronnie Bremer who clocked a 106:201 (95.424 mph) with just 8 minutes remaining in the session.

Three minutes later, Fogarty snatched the pole back with a time of 1:06.074 and then raised the bar again to the unreachable time of 1:05.803 on his final lap.

Then in the final minutes, Lynx racing driver Bryan Sellers pushed his car for two quick laps but could only take second place with a time of 1:06.088 (95.600 mph).

"I've got to give credit to the engineers," said Sellers who matched his highest qualifying spot of the season. "They came up with some great adjustments and it made us quicker than yesterday."

Danish driver Ronnie Bremer completed the third-fastest lap at 106.210 (95.600 mph) matching his third-place qualifying effort from last week in the Grand Prix of Cleveland.

"The old tires weren't working very well so we put on new ones and tried to make some changes and it helped a little bit," recalled Bremer, a native of Denmark and three-time champion in Danish Formula A.

In the driver's championship standings, Fogarty is awarded two points, one each for posting the fastest time in both Friday and Saturday's qualifying sessions. He now has 151 points and extends his driver's championship lead to five points over Scottish driver Ryan Dalziel. Dalziel has 146 points, followed by Danica Patrick (139), Jonathan Bomarito (124), and Sellers (121).

Fogarty has won three of the first six races this season and remains optimistic about the race. "I am just going to go for it and hope to get through the first turn clean," said Fogarty about Sunday's race which starts at 10:30 a.m.

Final classification in the today's session was Fogarty, Sellers, Bremer, Andrew Ranger, Patrick, Dalziel, Alex Figge, Chris Festa, Jonathan Bomarito, Josh Hunt, Phillip Fayer, and Eric Jensen. Alex Garcia did not run in either qualifying session. Ten of the 12 drivers improved their qualifying times from yesterday.

The 35-lap Toyota Atlantic series race, the seventh race of the 2004 campaign, will take place on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. EDT.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Jon Fogarty , Alex Garcia , Alex Figge , Eric Jensen , Jonathan Bomarito , Ronnie Bremer , Bryan Sellers , Chris Festa , Danica Patrick