Ryan Hunter-Reay continues his assault on the Toyota Atlantic Championship series' record books, claiming the pole position for Sunday's 70-lap race at the Milwaukee Mile with a track record time of 24.762 (150.036 mph). Hunter-Reay was also on...
Ryan Hunter-Reay continues his assault on the Toyota Atlantic Championship series' record books, claiming the pole position for Sunday's 70-lap race at the Milwaukee Mile with a track record time of 24.762 (150.036 mph). Hunter-Reay was also on the pole for the Atlantic series' previous stop on the streets of Long Beach.
Hunter-Reay's Hylton Motorsports teammate Roger Yusakawa was unable to capitalize on the speed he had shown earlier in the day, setting a time which was better than the previous track record, but which fell just short of Hunter-Reay's pole time. The two Hylton teammates have been the two fastest drivers all weekend except once, when Alex Figge set the second-fastest time in the Friday afternoon session. Yusakawa was fastest in the Saturday morning session, and his teammate led both Friday sessions.
Dorricott Racing's Alex Gurney qualified third, and Jonathan Macri (P-1 Racing) snagged the outside of row 2. Ryan Dalziel and Gurney's teammate Jon Fogarty made up row 3; Dalziel's Mike Shank Racing teammate Rodolfo Lavin and Sigma Autosport's lead driver Rocky Moran, Jr qualified in the fourth row; and the top ten was filled out by the third Dorricott driver, Luis Diaz and Moran's teammate David Wieringa.
Long Beach winner Michael Valiante and his Lynx Racing teammate Grant Ryley continued to struggle for speed, as they had all weekend, Ryley qualifying 14th and Valiante only getting to 17th position. Ryley set the pole for last year's race and finished second in the race itself, so his difficulties were quite frustrating this time around.
Sunday's Toyota Atlantic Championship race will start at 4:00 pm EST, and will be shown on live television in the United States (Speed Channel) for the first time in series history.