Krisiloff battles from back of field to finish 16th at Molson Indy Montreal. MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA - SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2002 - U. S. Grand Prix Formula One/Patrick Racing driver Kyle Krisiloff battled his way from the back of the field, ...
Krisiloff battles from back of field to finish 16th at Molson Indy Montreal.
MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA - SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2002 - U. S. Grand Prix Formula One/Patrick Racing driver Kyle Krisiloff battled his way from the back of the field, twice, and finished 16th today at the Molson Indy Montreal on the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Krisiloff started 17th and was on the move from the opening lap. However, while following a group of cars the #13 U. S. Grand Prix Formula One/Patrick Racing car got away from him and he spun on track. After getting the car sorted out, Krisiloff rejoined the competition in last place. He fought his way into 14th place at which point track officials notified the team that there was something hanging off the bottom of the car. Pitting for repairs, Krisiloff reentered the race once again in last place. Using a car that was handling superbly he was back on the move and by the end of the 27-lap race he had worked his way into 16th place out of the 29 starters.
"The U. S. Grand Prix Formula One/Patrick Racing car was definitely a top-ten car today. Unfortunately, when you go to the back of the pack a couple of times in a race it makes it tough," Krisiloff said. "From the start of the race the U. S. Grand Prix Formula One/Patrick Racing Team was moving up. Then some cars in front checked up and my car got away from me. It was definitely my fault. When I got going again I was at the back of the field, but the car was so good I started moving up right away. I was running in 14th place, but at that point the track officials called me in because the undertray was hanging off. After the team made repairs I went back out and was last again. I started moving through the field, but basically just ran out of laps," he explained. "It is a shame because I really think the U. S. Grand Prix Formula One/Patrick Racing Team could have done well in this race. The good news is we have made a lot of progress this weekend with the car and were very competitive," Krisiloff concluded.
The 18-year-old from Indianapolis, Indiana began the weekend 17th on the speed charts following Friday morning practice with a time of 96.928 seconds (100.615 mph). In Friday afternoon's provisional qualifying he was able to improve his time, running a fast lap of 95.424 seconds (102.201 mph), but fell back two places to 19th.
"The U. S. Grand Prix Formula One/Patrick Racing car was definitely good at the start of Friday's qualifying," Krisiloff said. "We made some changes from the morning practice and the car responded very well. When we first went out on new tires the car, initially, was very good. We were running close to the top-ten...I think about 11th, but the car didn't last the whole session. Towards the end, when there was a lot of rubber on the track, several teams went faster and past us, he noted. The U. S. Grand Prix Formula One/Patrick Racing Team just needs to work on getting the car to be more consistent," Krisiloff explained.
Commenting on the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, Krisiloff said, "The Montreal street circuit is a tricky track. There are a lot of fast chicanes and each session I am learning more."
Saturday began with final qualifying in the morning. With an improved car and more experience on the track, Krisiloff was once again able to run a fast lap of 94.833 seconds (102.838 mph) putting him back in 17th place on the final starting grid.
"We made some changes to the #13 U. S. Grand Prix Formula One/Patrick Racing that improved the car from provisional qualifying," Krisiloff said. "I thought we could qualify higher, but overall I am pleased with the progress we have made," he concluded.
Krisiloff has finished four of the five CART Toyota Atlantic Championship events he has contested this year placing in the points twice. In his previous four starts he qualified 24th and finished 14th, earning two points, in his Atlantic's debut at the Molson Indy Toronto on July 6. A week later, at the Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland, Krisiloff qualified 19th and finished 15th, scoring one point. At Trois-Rivieres he started 21st and was working his way into a points paying finish when his rear wing came off. He rejoined the race and finished 18th. Last week at Elkart Lake he started 22nd and finished 23rd.
Next up for the U. S. Grand Prix Formula One/Patrick Racing Team is the Grand Prix of Denver, August 30 - September 1 on the temporary street circuit in Denver, Colorado.