Rain ends Hand's chance at Portland provisional pole. A second passing shower on a cool and wet day at the 1.969-mile Portland International Raceway drenched any chance for Joey Hand and DSTP Motorsports to break to the top and earn their second...
Rain ends Hand's chance at Portland provisional pole.
A second passing shower on a cool and wet day at the 1.969-mile Portland International Raceway drenched any chance for Joey Hand and DSTP Motorsports to break to the top and earn their second provisional pole of 2003. After winning his first provisional pole at the season opening racing in Mexico, Hand felt his chances were good to land a second one before a fickle Mother Nature decided to throw a wrench in the plans.
The 40-minute session started out on a wet, but rapidly drying track. A downpour soaked the area less than an hour before qualifying started so most teams including DSTP started out on rain tires. Hand led the top of the speed charts several times in the opening third of the session before teams slowly started coming in to change to slick tires to match the drying track.
Hand fell as low as eighth on the grid before pitting for an adjustment that would help improve the car greatly. Hand would run on lap on that change before pitting again to take on new tires. Hand and engineer, Kent Stacy, decided that time was running out in the session due to another storm that was quickly approaching. Hand would get two laps in as the rain started which moved him up to fifth with a time of 1:07.818 seconds (104.521 mph), but washed out any chances to make a run on eventual provisional pole winner, Ryan Dalziel, who posted a time of 1:06.677 seconds (106.310 mph) which was set earlier in the session. A late and meaningless yellow wiped out the remaining three minutes of the session. Most cars had pitted because of the rain or were on their way as the moisture intensified.
The run for the front will have to wait until tomorrow morning as second round qualifying begins bright and early at 9:05 a.m. PST. Hand will be gunning for his third career Toyota Atlantic pole. The green flag will drop for tomorrow's race at 4:00 p.m. PST and can be seen on Speed Channel on Monday, June 23rd at 1:00 p.m. EST.
Hand on Friday Qualifying:
"We definitely got our problems solved from this morning. It seemed we had a bad motor and it broke on us and we didn't even know it. We kind of lost the first practice session, but we still had the setup going for us. The car is pretty good. We started this session out in the rain and we were pretty quick there. Our rain setup never seems to fail and we are happy with that because we know we are ready if we race in the rain tomorrow. Our dry setup is good too and I think if the rain had not have come there in the end, we would have had a chance to put ourselves up top."
Through DSTP Motorsports, Dede Rogers has established herself as a true believer in promoting talented young American drivers into professional racing. Formed in 1994, DSTP first campaigned a team in the Dodge Shelby Pro Series before moving into the U.S. F2000 National Championship in 1995. Such notable drivers as Memo Gidley, Alex Barron, Sam Hornish, Jr. and Jerry Nadeau competed in cars fielded by DSTP before Buddy Rice swept to the Atlantic title during DSTP Motorsports first season in the series in 2000.