Ricci Has First Atlantic Top Three Finish and Will Start In Second Row Lee will start in sixth row after posting a twelfth place qualifying time Giacomo Ricci and Matt Lee were prepared to battle for top positions during today's Champ Car...
Ricci Has First Atlantic Top Three Finish and Will Start In Second Row
Lee will start in sixth row after posting a twelfth place qualifying time
Giacomo Ricci and Matt Lee were prepared to battle for top positions during today's Champ Car Atlantic final qualifying session. Lee, who was unable to run during the provisional qualifying, went out with a light fuel load in order to maximize the speed of the #44 car and ended with a twelfth position finish. Ricci was able optimize the performance of the #18 car and post a second place qualifying time, his best of the season, before he and the rest of the field were forced to retire five minutes from the end of the session due to rain.
Giacomo Ricci #18 Banca Italease / Lotto / Global / Mazda-Cosworth
"I'm really happy about my position. It's the first time for me in the top three. It's really, really good. The big congratulations go to my team. Everybody worked really hard. After Cleveland, we have found a better setup for the car. Right now, I'm much more confident with the team and everybody. A big congratulations goes also to my sponsor, Banca Italease, because they helped me a lot to get here. I hope tomorrow I can finish in the top three. For me, it would be really great."
Matt Lee #44 Integrated Solutions / Mazda - Cosworth
"We ran as good of a session as we could after not participating in yesterday's qualifying," said Matt Lee. "We tried to maximize our performance in a minimum number of laps and I'm proud of what the team was able to accomplish. I really tried for a faster time but in the end just wasn't able to improve on my twelfth position session. I look forward to working my way through the competition tomorrow and having a top ten finish in the race."
Steve Ragan, Conquest Racing Atlantic Team Manager
"We very pleased to see Giacomo in the top three today. It was due and well deserved," said Steve Ragan, Conquest Atlantic Team Manager. "We have been working to get both drivers into the top five but Matt paid the price of missing yesterday qualifying due to a penalty from the officials. We're looking forward to working toward our first podium finish of the year at tomorrow's race and expect top results from both of the drivers."
The green flag drops on the seventh round of the 2007 Champ Car Atlantic Championship on Sunday, July 1st at 11:30 a.m. EST. The race will be broadcast on ESPN2 on Friday, June 6th beginning at 6:00 p.m. EST.