Alan Sciuto Racing: Saturday at le Circuit June 30, 2007 (Mont Tremblant, Quebec) -- It may be good that Alan Sciuto is enjoying the scenery and atmosphere of Mont Tremblant, because he is likely to look back on his weekend on the mountain as a...
Alan Sciuto Racing: Saturday at le Circuit
June 30, 2007 (Mont Tremblant, Quebec) -- It may be good that Alan Sciuto is enjoying the scenery and atmosphere of Mont Tremblant, because he is likely to look back on his weekend on the mountain as a missed opportunity.
After a middle of the pack effort during Friday practice and qualifying, Sciuto and engineer Gerald Tyler rethought their approach for Quebec's dauntingly fast race track and made numerous changes to their Swift 016a in an effort to get themselves back to the front of the field. They were duly rewarded with a P4 effort in morning practice which left them brimming with confidence heading into qualifying.
It wasn't as though the tires came off the wagon during qualifying, but their qualifying session was simply a case of bad timing and being caught out by the changing weather. Sciuto initially ventured onto the track with old tires as the team fine-tuned the car's setup before going for a full-on qualifying effort with new tires.
Once Sciuto and Tyler were happy with their progress, a new set of Cooper Tires were bolted on the white, silver and red Alan Sciuto Racing car and Sciuto was sent on his way. After one warm up lap, Sciuto was slowed on the next two laps by traffic, but finally had a clear lap that was on pace to vault Sciuto into the top five. But with three corners left, the rains came, ruining the lap and leaving Sciuto in 16th -- his best effort on old tires. The team waited out the rain, but to no avail. JOn a fast track that is difficult to pass on, Sciuto will have his work cut out for him to march through the field in tomorrow's Champ Car Atlantic race.
"It's just disappointing. We were on a lap that would have put us right in the front group. We were capable of getting it done before the rain started, but we got slowed by traffic. We can't really do anything about it, and it's not like there's anyone we can really blame for it.
"It's just one of those things. We'll have to do the best we can to get through the field tomorrow."