CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing Saturday report

Tiago Monteiro has is best Qualifying of the Season in Denver Rookie pilot Tiago Monteiro drove the ...

Tiago Monteiro has is best Qualifying of the Season in Denver

Rookie pilot Tiago Monteiro drove the #7 Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing entry to the team's best qualifying result of the season today in Denver. The young Portuguese driver will start 5th on tomorrow's grid for the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver after finishing 3rd in today's session with a fast lap time of 101.628. The team's previous best qualifying was 9th in Milwaukee.

Monteiro was elated with today's qualifying. "It definitely feels nice to perform so well," he said. "We've been strong all weekend; the car's been going good since we arrived. I was a little concerned about tire pressure with such short qualifying laps, but my engineer did a good job on the tire pressures. Instead of one good lap yesterday, I was able to push hard for two laps today. We had a better balanced car. I'm really happy for everyone; the team and myself. Now all we have to do is finish!"

Legendary champion and team owner Emerson Fittipaldi is delighted with the way the weekend has progressed thus far. "I'm very pleased with Tiago's performance; the best of the season so far. He's showing more maturity and better speed. I'm extremely happy with the team's effort. Don (Bricker) is doing a great job engineering the car. We're moving up on the grid every race, so I am very, very happy. I think we have a good chance to finish in the top 3 tomorrow."

Team owner James Dingman was thrilled with the days result. "I'm very excited for Tiago," he said. "He deserves this after the last couple of weeks of unfortunate mishaps. Hopefully this is the first step toward a great end to a great weekend. I'd also like to thank the crew for giving Tiago a car that enabled him to be where he is today."

The Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver will air tomorrow, Sunday, August 31 beginning with the Champ Car pre-race show from 9:00 - 9:30 p.m. with the race airing a 9:30 p.m. (tape delay) on SPEED Channel.


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tiago Monteiro , Emerson Fittipaldi