FINAL QUALIFYING 4:19 p.m. - - Heavy rain greets todayâ€™s final qualifying session. 4:49 p.m. - - Session ends with no major incidents reported this sessionâ€™s fastest were: ...
4:19 p.m. - - Heavy rain greets today’s final qualifying session.
4:49 p.m. - - Session ends with no major incidents reported this session’s fastest were:
#33 BERTRAND GODIN, of St. Hyacinthe, Que., was fastest in the Player’s Forsythe Racing Ralt RT-40 at 1:16.486 - 71.071 mph.
#66 ALEXANDRE TAGLIANI, of Lachenaie, Que., was second quickest at 1:16.508 71.051 in the Player’s Forsythe Racing Ralt RT-40 #43 JOAO BARBOSA, of Valongo, Portugal, was third fastest in the RDS Motorsport-Toyota of Portugal/Sega of Portugal/Caetano Buses Ralt RT-41 at 1:16.711 - 70.863 mph.
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THE INSIDE SCOOPS FOR ROUND THREE OF THE PLAYER’S CHALLENGE
#66 ALEXANDRE TAGLIANI, of Lachenaie, Que., wins his SECOND CAREER Atlantic pole by way of his qualifying time set during Friday’s provisional qualifying at 1:02.463 - 87.027 mph. #33 BERTRAND GODIN, of St. Hyacinthe, Que., will start on the outside pole from yesterday’s time of 1:02.468 - 87.020 mph. #35 DAVID POOK remained third fastest in overall qualifying at 102.480 - 87.003 mph in the B.D.J.S.-HYPE Energy Drink/Budweiser Ralt RT-40. #71 JOQUIN DeSOTO, of Miami, Fla., wins the C2 pole position after qualifying 24th overall in the Weld Motorsports-Canvas by Deneba Software Reynard 93H. Tomorrow’s race will be the second time this season that one team has placed two cars on the front row. LYNX RACING claimed front row honors at Nazareth in April when BARRON and GIDLEY started first and second, respectively.
TAGLIANI’s previous career-best Atlantic starting position before this season was third place at Trois-Rivieres II last year. He also started in third place at Long Beach and Nazareth in April. Tagliani won his first career Atlantic race this season at Long Beach in round two.
ALEX BARRON’s three pole positions this year leads the Atlantic championship. Barron captured poles on the one-mile ovals at Nazareth and Milwaukee, and the street circuit at the Molson Indy Toronto. He subsequently won "flag-to-flag" at Nazareth and Milwaukee. ALEXANDRE TAGLIANI is the only driver other than BARRON to win more than one pole position in 1997. Tagliani also captured the pole at Cleveland, but a broken gearbox prevented him from starting the race.
ALEX BARRON leads all Atlantic drivers in "starts" from the front row with four. His Lynx Racing teammate, MEMO GIDLEY, and TAGLIANI have each qualified three times on the front row. DeSOTO is the C2 standings leader with 105 points. DeSoto earned one bonus point for winning the C2 pole. James Irvin, of South Miami, Fla., is in second place with 72 points. There are only two C2 entries this weekend including DeSOTO and JIMMY PUGLIESE. By virtue of winning today’s pole position, TAGLIANI earns one bonus point moves to within 19 points of series leader BARRON, 86-67. Tagliani is currently in fifth place.
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#66 ALEXANDRE TAGLIANI (Player's Forsythe Racing Team-Player’s/Indeck) "I realize the importance of pushing hard at the end of Friday's qualifying session to win the pole. It's very hard to pass so to start on the front row is important. Both of the Player's cars on the front row is very great, but I hope I won’t repeat a start like that Cleveland. We need to keep in mind that this morning's practice was a little bit hard for us, and I only have about 12 practice laps all my weekend. It's hard for me to work on my setup because I'm always testing something, but I don't have many laps to test and it's very hard to make the car fast. "Tomorrow's warm-up session will be important. We need to look at our set-up, try different things, and go back to the trailer and find out what compromise we are going to make for the race." (Francois Cartier)
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#32 ALEX BARRON (Lynx Racing-Victory Circle Racing/Red Line Oil) "Man, are those Canadians fast in the wet! I’m a little envious. Driving in the wet here completely changes your lines since you’re not apexing the turns, you’re driving around the standing water. The car felt reasonably comfortable, even though I spun in front of the pits, but I still think driving a formula car in the wet is a form of cruel and unusual punishment." (Peter Frey)
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#35 DAVID POOK (B.D.J.S.-HYPE Energy Drink/Budweiser) "We have a really terrific rain set-up, although the team is predicting a dry race. All I really want is consistent conditions for the day. If it’s going to rain, I hope it does so in the morning session so I can get a few more laps in. I really had no opportunity to find where the car had grip. Well, whatever the conditions, I feel great about starting from the second row. The team gave me a really good car. I look forward to challenging Bertrand and Alex for the lead in the race. I think we have just as fast a car. And the best man of the day will win." (Nicole Lascelle)
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#33 BERTRAND GODIN (Player's Forsythe Racing Team-Player's/Indeck) "It was a difficult qualification yesterday because we were concerned over today’s weather forecast. To loose the pole by five-thousandths of a second is unbelievable. And for me that is a little disappointing. "Running in the rain today was quite interesting. It also washed the unused portion of the track, so it's going to be interesting for passing. The team is ready if it rained even though we didn't go out with the wet set up. "The warm-up tomorrow will be very important because the rain will wash the track, the rubber and the pavement. I expect surprises in tomorrow’s warm up. But the Player's team is ready to go and we will have fun anyway." (Francois Cartier)
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#19 MEMO GIDLEY (Lynx Racing) "Basically, it was 20 minutes of educational terror. We went out, not to set a time, but to give ourselves some experience in driving an Atlantic car in the rain... and to try and figure out some kind of setup in case it rains in the race tomorrow. I’m going to be back in my hotel room and praying for sun." (Peter Frey)
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STARTING GRID The Player’s Challenge for the KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship Round Eight - Grand Prix Player's de Trois-Rivieres August 3, 1997
Ps. Car# Driver Hometown Sponsor/Car Time Speed
1 66 Alexandre Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que. Players Forsythe Racing, Ralt RT-40 1:02.463 87.027 2 33 Bertrand Godin (R), St. Hyacinthe, Que. Players Forsythe Racing, Ralt RT-40 1:02.468 87.020 3 35 David Pook, Long Beach, Calif. B.D.J.S, Ralt RT-40 1:02.480 87.003 4 19 Memo Gidley (R), San Rafael, Calif. Lynx Racing, Ralt RT-41 1:02.482 87.001 5 32 Alex Barron (R), Vista, Calif. Lynx Racing, Ralt RT-41 1:02.515 86.955 6 4 Anthony Lazzaro, Acworth, Ga. Phillips Mtsp., Ralt RT-41 1:02.734 86.651 7 43 Joao Barbosa (R), Valongo, Portugal RDS Mtsp, Ralt RT-41 1:02.799 86.561 8 50 Kenny Wilden, Burlington, Ont. P1 Racing, Ralt RT-41 1:03.032 86.241 9 29 Case Montgomery, Salinas, Calif. Binder Racing, Ralt RT-41 1:03.224 85.98 10 85 Steve Knapp (R), Salem, Wis. P1 Racing, Ralt RT-41 1:03.304 85.871 11 14 Chuck West, Sonoma, Calif. World Speed Mtsp., Ralt RT-41 1:03.583 85.494 12 95 Chris Smith, Redondo Beach, Calif. P.P.I., Ralt RT-41 1:03.632 85.428 13 7 Cam Binder, Calgary, Alta. Binder Racing, Ralt RT-41 1:03.825 85.170 14 3 Michael David, Corona, Calif. PDR Enterprises, Ralt RT-41 1:03.855 85.130 15 11 Ted Sahley, Cleveland, Ohio Sahley Racing, Ralt RT-41 1:04.374 84.444 16 96 Jeret Schroeder, Vineland, N.J. P.P.I., Ralt RT-41 1:04.442 84.354 17 15 Eric Lang, New York, N.Y. D&L Racing, Ralt RT-41 1:04.745 83.960 18 10 Mark Tague (R), Laguna Hills, Calif. World Speed Mtsp., Ralt RT-41 1:04.922 83.731 19 26 David Cutler, Medina, Wash. Binder Racing, Ralt RT-41 1:05.798 82.616 20 9 George Frazier (R), Prospect, Ky. Arcadia Motorsports Limited, Ralt RT-41 1:07.124 80.984 21 18 Bob Siska, San Francisco, Calif. RJS Motorsports, Ralt RT-40 1:07.220 80.868 22 44 Carol Soucy (R), Sept-Iles, Que. Dominic Scalzo Racing, Ralt RT-41 1:07.290 80.784 23 41 Bob Thomas (R), Clarkston, Mich. Different Drummer Racing, XFR GS-96 1:08.401 79.472 24 71 Joaquin DeSoto (R)(C2), Miami, Fla. Weld Mtsp., Reynard 93H 1:08.583 79.261 25 23 Martin Roy, St. Jean Baptiste, Que. Le Volant, Raven RVN-93 1:09.029 78.749 26 21 Kevin Cogan (R), Plattsburgh, N.Y. Cogan Mtsp., Raven RVN-93 @1:16.049 71.480 27 99 Jimmy Pugliese (C2), Oceanside, N.Y. Hunter-Smith Pugliese., Swift DB-4 @1:16.280 71.263 28 39 Stephane Roy (R), Saint-Sauveur, Que. Hammerhead Racing, Ralt RT-40 No-Time
@ Time Greater than 115% of avg. of top three in class
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That’s a wrap for Saturday, August 2, 1997.