Houston Michael Todd David Saturday Qualifying

MICHAEL TODD DAVID PICKS UP TIME AND A POSITION IN FINAL HOUSTON QUALIFYING HOUSTON, Texas (Oct. 3) - - Partly cloudy skies, oppressive humidity, and temperatures in the high 80's greeted Michael Todd David and the PDR-Water...

MICHAEL TODD DAVID PICKS UP TIME AND A POSITION IN FINAL HOUSTON QUALIFYING

HOUSTON, Texas (Oct. 3) - - Partly cloudy skies, oppressive humidity, and temperatures in the high 80's greeted Michael Todd David and the PDR-Water Joe/Autodesk Racing team for final qualifying but failed to dampened their spirits or results. In keeping with Friday's tone of steady improvement, David carved significant time from his previous laps and qualified 17th among the 25-car field for Sunday's season finale of the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship. David's fast lap of 1:10.927 = 77.505 mph around the 10-turn, 1.527-mile street circuit was 1.084-seconds faster than his best lap in provisional qualifying, and improved him two positions in the starting grid. "I looked forward to today's qualifying," said David. "Yesterday was a tough day, but I had time to reflect and the team had time to improve the car's performance. I spent a good portion of this morning reviewing my drive plan and using visualization techniques. The result is I improved my times and overall performance, and we are still the fastest Ralt entry. I'm especially pleased since I lost a full practice session yesterday and essentially 20 laps that other cars were able to run. If we can pick up time in the race like we have in each session, I should be competitive. This track affords a lot of room for passing. That might play a very important role for me and others as the race wears on tomorrow." In addition to being the fastest of five Ralt entries, David's Water Joe/Autodesk Ralt RT-41 was faster than a lone Reynard and three Swift 008a cars. Sunday's 13th round of the 1998 KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. (CT) for 45 laps = 68.715 miles.

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