Red Bull Team Forsythe's John Edwards Takes Provisional Pole at Road America ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin -- Friday, August 10, 2007 -- While most 16-year olds are enjoying the final days of summer hanging out at the mall and playing video games,...
Red Bull Team Forsythe's John Edwards Takes Provisional Pole at Road America
ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin -- Friday, August 10, 2007 -- While most 16-year olds are enjoying the final days of summer hanging out at the mall and playing video games, John Edwards of Little Rock, Arkansas is setting records in one of the most competitive racing series in the world. The Champ Car Atlantic Championship has seen its share of stars including Gilles and Jacques Villeneuve, Bobby Rahal, Michael Andretti, Keke Rosberg, Danny Sullivan and Al Unser Jr., but none of those historic names equaled what Edwards accomplished today at Road America as the Red Bull Junior Team standout became the youngest driver in Atlantic history to score a provisional pole.
Moving to P1 midway through the 35-minute session only to see two drivers move ahead of him as the time wound down, Edwards kept his composure and rocketed around the nerve-testing 4.048-mile road course on his final lap to regain provisional pole in dramatic fashion. In doing so, Edwards also smashed the existing lap record as he stopped the clocks with a blistering 1m59.247s effort. The provisional pole secured a Championship point, but even more importantly it guarantees a front row starting spot for Sunday's Generac Power Weekend Atlantic Race.
Edward's teammate Robert Wickens struggled with an overall lack of grip despite a very similar setup. Fourth quickest in the morning practice session, Wickens could not improve beyond 11th spot in the extremely competitive 24-car field as track temperatures increased dramatically for the afternoon qualifying round.
"It feels great to come out on top in a really tough session. Franck (Perera, provisionally P2) said he was held up on his fastest lap so I have to thank whoever that driver was! But we finally got it done and knowing that I've got a front row starting spot locked up is a great feeling. We have a very strong car this weekend and I'm fully confident that we'll be right there for overall pole during final qualifying tomorrow. I have to say thanks to Red Bull for putting me in this position and thanks to the guys for a fantastic car!"
"The car was great this morning but the track was quite a bit different this afternoon. I seemed to have an overall lack of grip and developed a lot of understeer in Turn 3. That turn leads onto a long straight so I'm sure I was losing a lot of time right there. But with John taking provisional pole I'm sure the guys will be able to make the #3 car better and I expect to be right back up there for final qualifying tomorrow!"