Sciuto Breaks Through -- 3rd On Provisional Grid for San Jose Atlantic Race Polestar teammate Alex Barron 11th fastest San Jose, California (July 28, 2006) -- Polestar Racing Group driver Alan Sciuto ( ...
Sciuto Breaks Through -- 3rd On Provisional Grid for San Jose Atlantic Race Polestar teammate Alex Barron 11th fastest
San Jose, California (July 28, 2006) -- Polestar Racing Group driver Alan Sciuto (#12 Sealy/PKV Racing/The RoomStore of Phoenix/W.S. Deans) captured his best Champ Car Atlantic qualifying result so far this season after setting the third-fastest time in today's provisional qualifying round for Sunday's Canary Foundation Grand Prix of San Jose Presented by Taylor Woodrow Atlantic race. His previous best qualifying effort this year was sixth place set in last month's Grand Prix of Portland.
Teammate Alex Barron (#21 The RoomStore of Phoenix) ended the session 11th on the grid after setting the third-fastest time in this morning's first practice session. Both drivers will have a chance to improve their times in tomorrow's final round of qualifying.
"It feels good to finally be up near the front," said Sciuto, who qualified seventh and finished fourth in his Atlantic series debut last year in San Jose. "The last lap I was on a flyer and someone brushed the wall right in front of me. I'm not sure if it would have been fast enough to beat Graham, but it might have bumped us up to second. We have a few small changes we'll make for tomorrow but overall we're real happy with everything. The team's done a great job. We had a good idea of what the set-up would be for this track and rolled out of the box with a pretty good car. Now we'll see if we can move up a couple of spots tomorrow."
"The track was faster this afternoon and quite a bit different from this morning," said Barron, who ran in the top ten for much of the 30-minute session. "But, we gained a lot of information and I'm sure the track will change pretty dramatically tomorrow morning and again for the final qualifying session. The track itself is pretty fun to drive. The biggest challenge is traffic and with the field as big as it is, you just have to try to get some clear laps whenever you can."
Atlantic activities resume tomorrow with a 30-minute practice session at 9:45 AM local, before the final qualifying session from 3:45 -- 4:15 PM. San Jose's ninth round of the 12-race 2006 Yokohama Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda is scheduled for 10:30 AM Sunday and will be televised via SPEED on Saturday, August 5 at 11:00 AM ET.
Last year in San Jose, Polestar rookie driver Katherine Legge captured her third Atlantic victory of 2005, after holding off a strong challenge from Charles Zwolsman to finish just .220 of a second ahead.