Tracy and Allmendinger Second and Fourth at Edmonton Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - July 22nd 2006 -- Paul Tracy turned a lap fast enough to be on Pole Position today for the West Edmonton Mall Grand Prix Presented by the Brick, unfortunately the...
Tracy and Allmendinger Second and Fourth at Edmonton
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - July 22nd 2006 -- Paul Tracy turned a lap fast enough to be on Pole Position today for the West Edmonton Mall Grand Prix Presented by the Brick, unfortunately the lap was taken away from him as a penalty for causing a red flag during the beginning of the qualifying session. An electrical issue caused the rear wheels of the #3 Forsythe Champ Car to lock up during a downshift sending Tracy into a spin and making slight contact with the tire wall. A.J Allmendinger, who will start fourth, qualified outside the top 3 for the first time in six races.
"We had an electronics failure, a voltage regulator go bad. The dashboard went crazy with lights. The no-lift shift stopped working and the car wasn't shifting properly. I was trying to complete a lap on it that way to see what kind of a time we could do. I locked up the gearbox, had the thing spin around on me. The crew did a great job fixing the car. We had to replace the rear wing. Lost our quick time. Went back out and had to do two laps to qualify second. One that was taken away was quick enough for pole. Kind of a mixed fortune today. Overall, pretty satisfied with how we bounced back and ended up on front row.
I feel good about tomorrow; we've been fast all weekend. I feel race pace-wise we have a really good car. My car was very, very quick this morning on old tires. I feel confident for tomorrow."
"I don't think we had enough for pole but I think we probably could've been quick enough for third. I'm a little frustrated because I didn't get everything out of the car, but the Forsythe team always seems to get it perfect for the race so I'm confident that we'll be very strong, and you never know maybe Paul and Sebastien will get together at the start and I'll be leading after turn one!"
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