Alan Sciuto Racing: Friday at le Circuit For the first time in a couple of weeks, Orange, California native Alan Sciuto enjoyed a relatively trouble-free day during Friday practice and qualifying for Sunday's Champ Car Atlantic race at Mont ...
Alan Sciuto Racing: Friday at le Circuit
For the first time in a couple of weeks, Orange, California native Alan Sciuto enjoyed a relatively trouble-free day during Friday practice and qualifying for Sunday's Champ Car Atlantic race at Mont Tremblant.
Like most of the Atlantic competitors, Sciuto had never seen the challenging 2.65-mile permanent road course. With no previous data to draw from, the team ventured out with an educated guess on the setup of their Swift 016a and came up with a time good for twelfth on the grid in provisional qualifying -- nine-tenths of a second behind provisional polesitter Raphael Matos.
Despite being back in twelfth, Sciuto and engineer Gerald Tyler are well pleased with their day's work and remain cautiously optimistic for Saturday's final qualifying. But for a couple of sections, the car is as quick as the frontrunners and Sciuto is enjoying the challenges dished out by the gorgeous hillside race track.
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"This track is really a lot of fun. Compared to last week at Cleveland, this is much more challenging and requires more of a driver. It is fast everywhere, and turn seven requires some serious commitment to be fast through there -- it's not flat out yet but it will be when more rubber gets laid down. It's good to be back on a proper road course, and this track is so fast you really have to be on your game.
"It was an okay day for us. We're twelfth on the grid, but we aren't that far behind the leaders and we know where we are losing time. Having never been here before, we weren't sure what to expect in terms of the setup. Obviously, we didn't hit the nail on the head, but we are headed in the right direction. What's encouraging is the data shows we are right on pace for most of the track, but we are losing a few tenths in a couple of sections.
"This place is awesome. It is like being in the French Alps -- and there happens to be a racetrack! It really is unbelievable and I think it is one of the best venues we go to."