Portland: Friday qualifying summary

Three amigos ride in Portland; Dorricott Racing places all three drivers on top in Friday qualifying. PORTLAND, Ore. (June 14, 2002) -- Dorricott Racing seems intent on making it four in a row in qualifying and the race at...

Three amigos ride in Portland; Dorricott Racing places all three drivers on top in Friday qualifying.

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 14, 2002) -- Dorricott Racing seems intent on making it four in a row in qualifying and the race at Portland International Raceway. After years of dominating competition at the 1.969-mile track while racing in the CART Dayton Indy Lights Championship, the Dorricott team looks to have transferred its success in Portland to the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship.

With track temperatures climbing over 100 degrees, Jon Fogarty (Dorricott Racing/Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards Swift 014.a) led Dorricott's three driver effort with a time of 1:07.115 seconds (105.616 mph). Teammates Luis Diaz (Dorricott Racing/Telmex Swift 014.a) and Alex Gurney (Dorricott Racing/Behr Castrol Swift 014.a) completed the team's sweep of provisional qualifying. Diaz' time of 1:07.240 seconds (105.419 mph) fell just short of capturing the provisional pole away from Fogarty, and was followed by Gurney's lap of 1:07.625 seconds (104.819 mph).

"This was a great session," said Fogarty. "We have to thank Luis (Diaz) for setting the pace this morning. All that was necessary was to review his data and realize that all I had to do was brake less to go faster. I owe Luis. He was fastest in the testing we completed here in pre-season. He's been on the pace from the start and that's been a big help to all of us. The car was very good. We made minor changes, changes that I didn't think would be substantial enough to impact. However, they were the right changes and the car was really hooked up. There were some inadvertent changes happening while I was on the track that I didn't have control over. In the end, I was able to find a clear lap and put in a good time."

"I dedicate this session and race to Bob Dorricott I think he would be very proud of us right now," said Diaz. "I felt my car was good this morning and it didn't lose anything in qualifying. We can improve a bit more, but Jon is always there. He is like a nightmare. I hope to continue getting stronger but all credit goes to my crew."

With Friday's provisional pole, Fogarty secured a front row starting spot for Saturday afternoon's 35-lap race due to start at 3:30 p.m. PST. Fogarty also earned a bonus Championship point closing the gap on Michael Valiante (Lynx Racing Swift 014.a) in the Championship to five points. Most important will be that Fogarty will be out front when the Atlantic field roars toward that crucial first turn in tomorrow afternoon's race. Valiante stands eighth on the provisional grid with a time of 1:07.957 seconds (104.307 mph).

Winner of the past two CART Toyota Atlantic events, Hylton Motorsports, filled out the top-five on the time sheets. Milwaukee winner, Roger Yasukawa (Hylton Motorsports/Autobacs U.S. Print Swift 014.a) was fourth overall with a time of 1:07.638 seconds (104.799 mph). Ryan Hunter-Reay (Hylton Motorsports/Medlock Ames Winery Autobytel U.S. Print Swift 014.a), who won last week at Laguna Seca, set the fifth quickest time at 1:07.776 seconds (104.586 mph).

The session was slowed twice for a total of 6:50 minutes. The first red flag came out midway through the session when Eduardo Figueroa (Scuadra Fortia/Aviacsa Royse Maizoro Swift 014.a) spun in Turn six and got stuck high center on the edge of the corner. After assistance from the CART Simple Green Safety Team, Figueroa was able to continue in the session. With four minutes remaining, Stephan C. Roy (BBGP Racing/Betonusa.net Playstation 2 Swift 014.a) spun and stalled on track in Turn seven bringing out the second and final red flag of the 30-minute session.

The final qualifying session starts tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. PST followed by Round 5 of the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship which gets underway at 3:30 p.m. PST. Speed Channel will carry the 35-lap event on same day delay at 10:00 p.m. EST, 7:00 p.m. PST.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Alex Gurney , Jon Fogarty , Michael Valiante , Stephan C. Roy , Luis Diaz , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Eduardo Figueroa