SBRS: Lynx Racing Road America qualifying

Lynx Racing drivers David Rutledge, Mike Conte and Sara Senske experienced the full spectrum of what auto racing has to offer in final qualifying for this weekend's support races at the Motorola 220 at Road America by qualifying 4th, 14th...

Lynx Racing drivers David Rutledge, Mike Conte and Sara Senske experienced the full spectrum of what auto racing has to offer in final qualifying for this weekend's support races at the Motorola 220 at Road America by qualifying 4th, 14th and 24th, respectively. Rutledge, 22, of Vancouver BC qualified his #19 Lynx Racing Swift 008.a in fourth - on the outside of the second row - for tomorrow's CART Toyota Atlantic race, a 17-lap affair that takes the green flag at 10:30 p.m. Rutledge's engine failed in the closing laps of the session, preventing any last-moment heroics. "Of course you always rather start on the pole, but we have a very raceable car and excellent track position for the start, so there's every reason to be optimistic about the race," says Rutledge. "We made some changes in the way we do things since the last race, and it's produced an immediate positive result. And the pole time was the result of a monster drafting situation rather than a car that's to fast he's going to run away with the race, so what happens at the start and in the first couple of corners will be very important. This race has a very Montreal-like feel to me, and this team is certainly capable of achieving similar results." Rutledge's teammate, Mike Conte, 31, of Seattle, Washington, qualified his #17 Lynx Racing / White-Black Design Swift 008.a in the 14th position after a difficult session that saw him run out of fuel during the session and then have his car damaged while towing it back to the pits. "Qualifying wasn't a very production session for us, because of the way the flags fell," said Conte. "We made two sets of changes early on that worked well, and got caught out on the final adjustments by the full-course yellow late in the session. The complexion of the race should be interesting because the track condition is very sensitive to temperature and our event is quite early in the morning, so the course won't be anything like it was for qualifying today. Passing some cars on the start and staying in contact with the lead group will be really important, and that's where my focus is - to move up as many places as possible as quickly as possible." Sara Senske, 22, of Kennewick, Washington -- competing in the rookie season of the Barber Dodge Pro Series -- is in her first race back from a broken hand suffered in a testing accident at Sebring five weeks ago. She missed the Mid-Ohio round, where her place was taken by 1999 Star Formula Mazda Champion Joey Hand, who qualified and finished 12th. On the pole is Nilton Rossoni. "This was my first 'car-becue' where the engine blew midway through qualifying and actually set the car on fire," said Senske. "I've been battling a lack of straight-line speed all weekend, and I guess we've finally found the reason. Starting from that far back is difficult here because you tend to lose the draft created by the fast group up front, but we'll make the best of it and race as hard as we can. With (Lynx team manager) Steve Cameron coaching me on the radio I'm confident of moving up through the field."

CART Toyota Atlantic Qualifying 1. Martin Basso (R), 2:02.734, 118.735 mph / 2: Hoover Orsi (R), 2:03.249, 118.239 / 3. Bob Perona, 2:03.307, 118.183;4 / David Rutledge, 2:03.433, 118.062;5 / Daniel Wheldon (R), 2:03.656, 117.850 / Andrew Bordin, 2:03.660, 117.846;7 / Buddy Rice, 2:03.712, 117.796 / 8. Frederic Gosparini (R), 2:03.838, 117.676 / 9. William Langhorne, 2:03.909, 117.609 / 10. Andy Lally (R), 2:03.948, 117.572 / 11. Rocky Moran Jr., 2:03.949, 117.571 / 12. Akihiro Asai (R), 2:04.374, 117.169 / 13. T.J. Bell (R), 2:04.681, 116.881 / 14. Mike Conte, 2:05.535, 116.086 / 15. Masaoki Nagashima, 2:05.835, 115.809 / 16. Stephen C. Roy (R), 2:06.632, 115.080 / 17. Cemal Yelkin (R), 2:06.734, 114.987 / 18. David Cutler, 2:07.537, 114.263 / 19. Alex Gurney, 2:08.050, 113.806/ 20. Christophe Beauvais, 2:08.177, 113.693 / 21. Eric Jensen, 2:09.388, 112.629; 22 / 22. Bob Siska, 2:11.518, 110.805

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Series Atlantic , Other open wheel
Drivers Alex Gurney , Martin Basso , Hoover Orsi , David Rutledge , Joey Hand , Christophe Beauvais , T.J. Bell , Rocky Moran Jr. , David Cutler , Buddy Rice , Nilton Rossoni , Bob Siska , Andrew Bordin , Masaoki Nagashima , Akihiro Asai , Steve Cameron