Monterrey: Pacific Coast Motorsports Saturday notes

Figge earns top-10 start at season-opener in Monterrey. MONTERREY, MEXICO (March 22, 2003) --Alex Figge, of Santa Barbara, Calif., today qualified eighth for Round One of the 2003 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship at Fundidora Park. Following...

Figge earns top-10 start at season-opener in Monterrey.

MONTERREY, MEXICO (March 22, 2003) --Alex Figge, of Santa Barbara, Calif., today qualified eighth for Round One of the 2003 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship at Fundidora Park.

Following a superb qualifying session on Friday, in which he was third on the provisional grid, Figge took to the 2.104-mile road course in the early afternoon Saturday. In sunny and hot conditions, Figge immediately began searching for a gap in traffic to post a fast lap. On lap 6, Figge began a string of four laps, in which he consecutively bettered his best time, moving into fourth. Just past the halfway mark of the 40-minute session, Figge pitted to put on fresh tires. With the increased grip provided by the new tires, Figge set about bettering his fast time, unfortunately within a lap Figge was forced to pit with a broken Gurney flap. After losing valuable track time for repairs, Figge rejoined qualifying determined to move up the charts. On lap 22, he posted a fast lap of 1:25.669 (88.415 mph) and looked to be in position to post a very quick lap late in the session. With starter ready to through the checkered flag, Figge began his final lap of qualifying, unfortunately the fast lap was quickly aborted when a car spun in front him. At the conclusion of qualifying, Figge, driving the No. 69 Pacific Coast Motorsports/Patrick Racing Toyota Swift 0.14a, was eighth quickest.

"The car was getting better as the session progressed," said Figge. "I lost a bunch laps right after I put on fresh tires, when I had a problem with the rear wing. At the end of qualifying I had a great car and was on a very fast lap, when a car spun in front of me, ruining my lap. Hopefully I'll be able to work my way through the field during the race."

The season-opening round of the 2003 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship gets underway, Sunday, March 23, at 10:30 a.m. (local time). The race will be one hour in duration, approximately 32 laps.

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