Figge to start seventh in hometown race. LONG BEACH, CALIF. (April 12, 2003) --Alex Figge, of Santa Barbara, Calif., today qualified seventh for Round Two of the 2003 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship at Long Beach. Following a night of...
Figge to start seventh in hometown race.
LONG BEACH, CALIF. (April 12, 2003) --Alex Figge, of Santa Barbara, Calif., today qualified seventh for Round Two of the 2003 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship at Long Beach.
Following a night of changes to the car and a solid run in morning practice, Figge entered the final qualifying session in an upbeat mood. In sunny and hot conditions, Figge attacked the 1.968-mile street circuit on cold tires. Displaying great car control in the No. 69 Pacific Coast Motorsports/Patrick Racing Toyota Swift 0.14a, Figge was in second position by his fourth lap. At the six minute mark of the 30-minute session, Figge pitted for fresh tires. Following the four laps it takes to get the tires to optimal racing temperature, Figge began posting fast laps, moving into fourth position. During the final five minutes of the session, Figge repeatedly ran into slower traffic, ruining numerous fast laps. At the checkered flag, Figge had posted a fast lap of 1:17.079 (91.916 MPH), finishing seventh in the standings. The top-10 starting position betters Figge's 16th place starting position in 2002.
"I'm disappointed," said Figge. "I obviously think we have a better car than we showed. I ran into a lot of traffic in some really bad spots when I had fresh tires. Tomorrow the goal will be to run a clean race and work my way to the front."
The CART Toyota Atlantic Championship Grand Prix of Long Beach gets underway, Sunday, April 13, at 10:30 a.m. (PT). The race will be 32 laps or 50-minutes in duration and will be broadcast live on SPEED Channel.