Trois Rivieres, QC., - July 28, 2000 - PPI Motorsports driver Andrew Bordin (WorldCom/Team Player's Swift 008.a) earned the provisional pole Friday, for this weekend's CART Toyota Atlantic Championship race on the downtown streets of Trois...
Trois Rivieres, QC., - July 28, 2000 - PPI Motorsports driver Andrew Bordin (WorldCom/Team Player's Swift 008.a) earned the provisional pole Friday, for this weekend's CART Toyota Atlantic Championship race on the downtown streets of Trois Rivieres, Quebec. Bordin, fresh off his win two weeks ago in Toronto, recorded a 1:01.336 (89.272 mph) on the 1.521 temporary street circuit, bettering the qualifying record of 101.616 (88.866 mph) set here by Anthony Lazzaro in 1999.
Series points leader, Buddy Rice (DSTP Motorsports/Swift 008.a) was second quickest at 1:01.441 (89.120 mph) while Bordin's teammate, rookie Dan Wheldon, recorded the third fastest time of 1:01.466. Both Rice and Wheldon also set times under the existing track record.
"I think the track was off a little, maybe a tenth or two," said Bordin, referring to the fact that he set a quicker time of 1:01.116 (89.594 mph) in Friday morning's practice session. "I thought I improved the car, but I really didn't, so I went back and made some changes that would hopefully give me a little more speed, but they only gave me two tenths, so I was a little disappointed. Compared to what I did this morning, it wasn't as good. I need to get that back again."
Rice, who leads Bordin in this year's championship race by seven points, is looking forward to tomorrow's final qualifying period after dropping off the lead near the end of the session.
"We just made our final adjustment and were ready to lay down a fast time. I got a little off line in turn one, skimmed the tires and broke the rear wing. We held the pole up until the last few minutes, but we'll have another chance tomorrow. We should be in good shape. We're real happy with the car and know there's still some more speed to found. Tomorrow will be better."
Wheldon, who has led the rookie race all season long was also happy with his performance.
"It was a good session. I'm much happier with my car. I couldn't get a good enough run together, to secure the pole. I think both Andrew and Buddy's experience here in the Atlantic cars help them, but the gap is closer than it was, so we should be in good shape tomorrow. I'd been looking forward to getting to this track all year because it's an excellent track to race on. It looks simple, but it's completely the opposite, with the bumps and the way the corners are. And that makes it challenging, which is always good for the championship."
Saturday's Atlantic activities begin with a 30-minute practice session at 9:25 a.m., followed by the second round of qualifying at 1:00 p.m. The 45-lap race is scheduled for 1:45 pm on Sunday, July 30.