Monterrey: Team Rahal Saturday notes

Patrick takes fifth at Monterrey in qualifying. MONTERREY, MEXICO . . . Team Rahal's Argent Mortgage driver Danica Patrick qualified fifth for Sunday's Grand Prix of Monterrey with a fast lap of 88.555 mph. Patrick making her debut in the Toyota...

Patrick takes fifth at Monterrey in qualifying.

MONTERREY, MEXICO . . . Team Rahal's Argent Mortgage driver Danica Patrick qualified fifth for Sunday's Grand Prix of Monterrey with a fast lap of 88.555 mph. Patrick making her debut in the Toyota Atlantic Championship improving by nearly a full three-seconds from Friday's qualifying.

"I set some pretty high expectations for myself and I said I wanted to qualifying in the top-six and now we are fifth which is a really strong start," said Patrick. "I am pleased with it but as I look back over the session I saw opportunities where I could have gone faster. I was on a lap that was two-tenths quicker on my final lap but I ran out of fuel and the car sputtered on the back stretch. We don't want to give anything away. We are not done. This is only the first race so this is a great start."

"What a great qualifying session for Danica and this Argent team," said three-time CART champion Bobby Rahal. "She has shown improvement every time out and that is what you are looking for from a young driver."

Patrick is in some heady company at the front of the Atlantic field. Three of the four drivers in front of her are Atlantic veterans with Joey Hand (second) and Michael Valiante (fourth) having led or battled for the championship last season.

Sunday's Toyota Atlantic Championship season opener will air live on SPEED at 11:30 AM EST.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Bobby Rahal , Michael Valiante , Joey Hand