THE CART TOYOTA ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP Round 7, Molson Indy Toronto July 14-16, Toronto, Ontario (Canada) Buddy Rice (DSTP Motorsports) - 1st in points "As I remember, Toronto is pretty fast for a street course. It's pretty tricky because ...
THE CART TOYOTA ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP
Round 7, Molson Indy Toronto
July 14-16, Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
Buddy Rice (DSTP Motorsports) - 1st in points "As I remember, Toronto is pretty fast for a street course. It's pretty tricky because there are so many different elements to it. Because some of the turns are so fast, we literally come right up to the walls at the exits of the corners. It's really important to watch yourself when passing and, especially, in traffic. The first turn is also very tight, so it's critical to put a fast lap together in qualifying to get a starting position near the front. I think we'll show up with a good set-up. DSTP has given me a great car basically right out of the trailer at every race this year and I don't think Toronto will be any different."
Daniel Wheldon (PPI Motorsports) - 2nd in points "We took a couple of days after Cleveland to go to Blackhawk to do some testing. We were a little off the pace in Cleveland and found out that we were actually losing half a second at one particular corner. We believe we've found out why. We had a very strong season start and have lost a little momentum recently, but I'm confident we're on the right track. I'm really quite looking forward to racing in Toronto, I've reviewed in-car footage and the street course at Toronto looks quite quick. It should be great racing there."
Andrew Bordin (PPI Motorsports) - 3rd in points "I'm really glad to be back in Toronto this year. This being my home race, I get to spend time with my friends and relatives and show them a little bit more about Atlantic racing. This is really their only chance to see me race. Because Toronto is home, my schedule is really filled with media interviews and sponsor meetings. So even though the pace is really hectic, I do get to go home every night and sleep in my own bed!"
David Rutledge (Lynx Racing) - 5th in points "I always look forward to racing in Canada, and the whole team is working hard and smart to try and duplicate in Toronto the success we had in Montreal. The Molson Indy track is very technical, but there are two good passing zones and rather than the usual series of 90-degree turns you get on a street circuit, making Toronto more like a natural road course that just happens to be lined with concrete. It will be very important to roll off the trailer and be fast here, and to qualify well. Lynx won here in 1996 with Patrick Carpentier and 1997 with Memo Gidley, so I have some big shoes to fill, but the testing we've leading up to this has given us a very high level of confidence and we're ready to go racing."