QUALIFYING 4:43 p.m. - - Single-car qualifying begins under cloudy skies, temperatures in the upper-60s, anda light breeze. 5:30 p.m. - - Qualifying ends with no major incidents ...
4:43 p.m. - - Single-car qualifying begins under cloudy skies, temperatures in the upper-60s, anda light breeze.
5:30 p.m. - - Qualifying ends with no major incidents reported
#32 ALEX BARRON, of Vista, Calif., wins his SECOND CAREER and SECOND CONSECUTIVE Atlantic pole with a time of 25.479 seconds = 141.293 mph for Lynx Racing.
#25 TONY AVE, of Indianapolis, Ind., will start on the outside pole at 25.865 seconds = 140.159 mph in the Olsson Engineering-Fisher Dynamics/Schuler Design Ralt RT-41.
#34 STUART CROW, of Dallas, Texas, is third fastest at 25.747 = 139.822 mph in the B.D.J.S.-prepared Ralt RT-41.
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#32 ALEX BARRON (Lynx Racing-Lynx Racing/Victory Circle/Red Line Oil) "I was never expecting two oval poles in a row. All my experience has been on road courses, so this is exceptional for my confidence this season. The car ran very well. We experimented with the bars during warm-up, fine-tuned the balance, and then the car felt perfect. The biggest change was the track. This is the first time this weekend we've gone out after the Indy cars and there was a lot more grip. We're ready for the race."
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#4 ANTHONY LAZZARO (Phillips Motorsports-Per4mer/BGProducts) "It was just me. The car was decent. There's more grip out there now, and I didn't anticipate the amount that there was. The car had a bit of a twitch coming off of turn four on the first lap. Maybe I was a little hesitant there on the final lap. "Obviously, I'm a bit disappointed but we'll make a couple of adjustments and get ready for the race tomorrow."
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#34 STUART CROW (B.D.J.S.) "We had a great run today. I love race cars. Its good fun. It's almost as fun as downhill mountain biking, but it's (racing) a lot more expensive - and it hurts less until it hurts more. I try to be competitive. I'm the youngest of five boys but I have one sister and she makes a punch connect."
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#25 TONY AVE (Olsson Engineering-Fisher Dynamics/Schuler Design) "This is great for the team and Schuler Design. Schuler Design will have many of its employees here for the race. We're on a tight budget, so we don't get to test much. It's really phenomenal that we qualified so high but it showed that all of our efforts were worth it. "It's a little disappointing because my first lap was fast, but I got too loose on the second lap, went sideways, but I saved it. I looked at the rev's and I knew it wasnt the right thing to do. We dont know enough about the car to get speed out of it without getting loose, but its great to be starting up front." * * *
#35 DAVID POOK (B.D.J.S.-HYPE ENERGY Drink/Budweiser/Atomic Clothing)[regarding his first race at Milwaukee with Indy Lights] "That race three years ago I still remember it vividly. I charged from the last row to finish fourth. We were banging wheels and everything. That was one of the best races of my career." [the last row starting spot was due to a Friday afternoon crash and Pook was unable to qualify on Saturday]. "I am very excited to be here this weekend. We had a strong finish coming at Nazareth until motor problems dropped us back to sixth place. And at the series test day at Mid-Ohio we were quickest by over a second. We're definitely coming here with some momentum." (Charlie Legeman)
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That's a wrap for Friday. Tomorrow's first session is a morning warm-up at 8:15 a.m. to 8:35 a.m. The green flag for round four of the 12-race 1997 KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship is set to drop at 4:15 p.m. CT.