Nazareth qualifying report & quotes

QUALIFYING 12:53 p.m. - - Single-car qualifying begins under cloudy skies, temperatures in the mid-60s, and winds gusting to 10 mph. 1:55 p.m. - - Session ends with no major incidents reported...

QUALIFYING

12:53 p.m. - - Single-car qualifying begins under cloudy skies, temperatures in the mid-60s, and winds gusting to 10 mph.

1:55 p.m. - - Session ends with no major incidents reported ... #ALEX BARRON, of Vista, Calif., wins his FIRST CAREER Atlantic pole with a time of 23.637 seconds = 152.304 mph.

                #19 MEMO GIDLEY, of San Rafael, Calif., will start on the outside
pole at 23.795 seconds         = 151.292 mph.

# 66 ALEXANDRE TAGLIANI, of Lachenaie, Que., is third fastest at 23.804 = 151.235 mph in the Player's Forsythe Racing Team-prepared Ralt RT-40.

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#32 ALEX BARRON (Lynx Racing-Lynx Racing/Victory Circle Racing/Red Line Oil) "I was right on the edge with the car for the first time. I've been really conservative during the first couple of races, but now I'm comfortable enough to take it right to the limit, and it felt just great. We're not looking to change a thing for the race other than be sure that all of the bolts are tight and the paint is shiney." (Peter Frey)

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#19 MEMO GIDLEY (Lynx Racing): "It's nice to have the right setup for qualifying, but the car ran even better in traffic, so it should be good to me. We may make some very small changes to help improve the balance, but nothing major. The car has been good since we rolled it out of the truck on Thursday. This will be the first all-Lynx Racing front row this season, and I'm happy to be a part of it." (Peter Frey)

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#4 ANTHONY LAZZARO (Phillips Motorsports-Platinum Sound/BG Products) "We are way to far behind on laps. This is where we should have been at the beginning of the day. I know I slowed too much for turn three, and I probably should have been in fifth instead of sixth because I was down on revs. On the positive side, we finally got some push in the car, but it was kind of a dismal day. I enjoy working through traffic and I'll have plenty of that tomorrow." (Pam Morey)

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#29 CASE MONTGOMERY (Sandy Dells Racing-Microsoft/Wall Data) "It all seemed fine. I just didn't go fast enough. I was lifting too much in turn three, but overall the car feels good. We'll go back and look at all the data, and make some adjustments to try in the morning." (Pam Morey)

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#14 CHUCK WEST (World Speed Motorsports-/Red Line Oil/Martini Sunglasses/Harvest Group) "The car felt great. Everything seemed to be normal, but the next thing I knew I was going backwards. From watching the others on track, I realized that I was going way too high for these conditions. There were more marbles out there than I realized. The line I'd been taking was really high compared to what the others were doing. It was driver error. The fact that my wife had a baby last night had nothing to do with it. On the contrary! I was relieved. I was really ready today, but yesterday was a nightmare. I got away without too much damage, and most of it was in front suspension and the nose. We'll have it fixed for tomorrow, if they'll let me run."

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#66 ALEXANDRE TAGLIANI (Player's Forsythe Racing Team-Player's/Indeck) "The team did a fantastic job. With an oval, everything depends on the set up. We still have work remaining before tomorrow's warm-up. "It's very difficult to pass on this tri-oval because as you come up behind a car, the air is spoiled and you spend a lot of energy trying to get clean air." (Francois Cartier)

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#33 BERTRAND GODIN (Player's Forsythe Racing Team-Player's/Indeck) "In turn two, the rear was getting loose and I was loosing a lot of time there. I need more time in the car and especially on ovals. To date, I've had two days of testing in Phoenix, and a half day here at Nazareth. I must add that I like them (ovals) a lot and I'm looking forward to tomorrow's race even if the traffic will look like rush hour on Highway 401." (Francois Cartier)

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That's a wrap for Friday. Tomorrow's first session is a morning warm-up at 8:00 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. The green flag for round three of the 1997 KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship is set to drop at 4:15 p.m. ET.

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