Wickens Third, Edwards Sixth in San Jose Atlantic Final Qualifying SAN JOSE, California -- Saturday, July 28, 2007 -- The Red Bull cars were flying on the 1.443-mile street circuit in downtown San Jose today as Toronto's Robert Wickens and ...
Wickens Third, Edwards Sixth in San Jose Atlantic Final Qualifying
SAN JOSE, California -- Saturday, July 28, 2007 -- The Red Bull cars were flying on the 1.443-mile street circuit in downtown San Jose today as Toronto's Robert Wickens and Little Rock's John Edwards charged to the sharp end of the grid for Sunday's Grand Prix of San Jose at Redback Raceway Atlantic Race. Wickens secured his best starting spot of the season since his pole at the opening event in Las Vegas as he claimed third on the grid with Edwards less than two-tenths of a second behind in sixth.
For 18-year old Wickens the day marked a triumphant return to the only circuit on the 2007 schedule he has seen before after taking two poles and a win in the Formula BMW USA Championship doubleheader here last year on his way to the 2006 Championship. Edwards, the youngest driver in Atlantic history at 16 years of age, was consistently quick in all sessions leading up to today's final qualifying round with both cars now in position to contend for the win at the penultimate round of the 2007 Atlantic Championship.
"Since this is the only track we've been to this year that I've driven before, I think I came here a little too confident and maybe overdrove a little bit. Traffic was pretty difficult. I think I only got three complete clear laps that whole session but it turned out pretty good. There are a few improvements yet to come on the car but overall a good day and I'm looking forward to the race!"
"The car was much, much better this afternoon but I'm not too happy. Traffic was a problem all day since this track is so short. I was up two tenths about halfway through one of my last laps when I came up on a couple of slower cars and had to give up the time. We're fighting for hundredths of a second out there and I had a pretty good shot at the front row. But the car is great; both Robby and I are quick so we should be right there tomorrow!"
Sunday's race gets underway at 12:30pm local/PT (3:30 ET, 19:30 UTC) and can be enjoyed live at ESPN360.com. For more information about Atlantic including live timing and the espn2 tape-delayed TV broadcast schedule, please visit the official series website at www.ChampCarAtlantic.com.