Trois-Rivieres: Team Rahal Saturday notes

Patrick takes fourth tn qualifying. TROIS-RIVIERES, QUEBEC . . .Team Rahal's Argent Mortgage Company driver Danica Patrick will start fourth for Sunday's Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres marking her best starting position of the season. It ...

Patrick takes fourth tn qualifying.

TROIS-RIVIERES, QUEBEC . . .Team Rahal's Argent Mortgage Company driver Danica Patrick will start fourth for Sunday's Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres marking her best starting position of the season. It is Patrick's second top-five start of the season and she surpassed the fifth place start she had in the season opener at Monterrey Mexico. At Monterrey she started fifth and finished third claiming the first podium result of her Atlantic career.

Patrick ended Saturday qualifying fifth overall but her fast lap from Friday stood up to claim the outside of row two. The final session started on the wrong note as Patrick clipped the wall and sustained suspension damage. The Argent crew worked quickly and the Argent car returned to the track and came within a tenth of a second of matching her Friday time.

"The morning session was a challenge for us, but the engineers made a few changes and the car was much better this afternoon," said Patrick. "We went back to what we knew worked yesterday and we found our way back towards the front. I asked the engineers to improve the turn in and they improved it so much I hit the wall. The crew did a great job and they had me back on track in no time. Tomorrow will be a long race (45 laps) and the guys in front of me (Allmendinger, Valiante and Dalziel) are very fast. I just have to make sure I get my tires up to temp and that I pull a gap so I can run with them. I know my engineers are looking at a couple of ways to improve the car and who knows what can happen in the race."

Series points leader A.J. Allmendinger (92.278 mph) swept the pole position and will start next to rival Michael Valiante (92.098 mph).

Sunday's Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres can be seen live on SPEED at 1:00 pm EDT.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Michael Valiante , A.J. Allmendinger , Danica Patrick