GRAHAM RAHAL SECOND AND RYAN LEWIS SEVENTH IN PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING AT ROAD AMERICA Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, September 22, 2006 -- After spending most of the provisional qualifying session in first place, Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Atlantic driver...
GRAHAM RAHAL SECOND AND RYAN LEWIS SEVENTH IN PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING AT ROAD AMERICA
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, September 22, 2006 -- After spending most of the provisional qualifying session in first place, Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Atlantic driver Graham Rahal had to settle for second place behind his championship rival Simon Pagenaud. Rahal showed his speed in wet conditions but as the track dried Pagenaud was getting quicker. The Frenchman leaped in front of Rahal on the charts by 0.241 seconds on his final lap. Ryan Lewis, driver of the #30 Conquest car, put in one of his best qualifying performances this season by grabbing seventh place. With Pagenaud picking up an extra point, Rahal is now 13 points behind heading into tomorrow's final round of qualifying which gets underway at 2:00 p.m. eastern.
2nd- Graham Rahal
Qual 1: 2:19.304 (104.612 mph)
"When it was full wet, we were definitely the quickest. I'm very confident in the car. On my last lap, I got held up in Turn 3 when Raphael Matos decided he wanted to race me into the corner. He said that he was on a fast lap, but then he took himself off. I guess that didn't quite work properly. Coming out of that corner, I was nine tenths down, but I made that all back. It's tough to make back that kind of gap. We lost one point today, but there are 34 more to go in the weekend and that's what we need to focus on. I don't think we improved as much as some people, but I'm definitely confident in the wet. If it goes to a wet race, I think we can be up front, so we'll see what happens."
7th- Ryan Lewis
Qual 1: 2:23.121 (101.822 mph)
"I'm happy with my session today. I always like racing in wet conditions. I was on a quick lap at the end but got blocked and I couldn't improve my lap time but the car was good and I really enjoyed the track. Obviously there is still some work to do to catch up to Graham but I think we are off to a good start and I know we can do even better tomorrow."
-credit: conquest racing