Rain steals a possible pole from Luis Diaz Krisiloff denied qualifying chance but will start fourth WEST ALLIS, Wis. (May 30, 2003) - Luis Diaz suffered through a couple of days of frustration at The Milwaukee Mile but his ...
Rain steals a possible pole from Luis Diaz
Krisiloff denied qualifying chance but will start fourth
WEST ALLIS, Wis. (May 30, 2003) - Luis Diaz suffered through a couple of days of frustration at The Milwaukee Mile but his biggest frustration may have come from a pole position he will never realize. Dark clouds and cool winds swirled around the 1.032-mile oval while Diaz ran the fastest qualifying lap and a potential pole. Then a vicious rain storm struck and Diaz's time that propelled the Telmex Swift 014.a to an average speed of over 148 miles per hour disappeared as quickly as the rubber laid down on the track throughout the day.
As only irony can be, teammate Kyle Krisiloff didn't get a chance to qualify but landed a race start in row two. Diaz will be relegated to start ninth but in one of the field's fastest cars - again!
Despite the best efforts of CART Toyota Atlantic Championship officials, which included moving the start time of qualifying up 15 minutes, qualifying for Saturday's Milwaukee Mile Centennial 250 Presented by Miller Lite was deemed a rain-out after only eight cars made qualifying attempts.
As a result, the starting grid was established based on combined practice speeds, giving second-year driver Ryan Dalziel, of Scotland, his second career CART Toyota Atlantic Championship pole position. Dalziel posted the fastest practice lap of the weekend at 149.571 mph (24.839 seconds), which gave the Scot his first pole since taking the top starting spot in the 2002 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship season finale at Denver. However, while Dalziel will be credited with the pole, he will not receive a championship point due to the fact that the qualifying session was incomplete.
Starting alongside Dalziel on the front row will be Canadian Jonathan Macri, who turned in a best practice lap of 149.193 mph (24.902 seconds).
Krisiloff, 17, of Carmel, Ind., will make his official Atlantic debut with Dorricott Racing in the No. 31 U.S. Grand Prix Formula One Swift from fourth on the grid. In his first ever Toyota Atlantic appearance on an oval, Krisiloff posted a best practice lap of 148.394 mph (25.036 seconds), eclipsing his previous best starting position (12th) by eight starts. This will also be Krisiloff's first career start for the defending Toyota Atlantic Champions.
Diaz's best practice time of 147.282 mph (25.225 sec.) was much slower than his qualifying lap but definitively showed he is more than capable of winning.