A solid Champ Car debut for Malaysia's Alex Yoong To finish 14th out of 16 in Saturday's qualifying 2. Malaysia's first ever Formula 1 driver made a solid start in his debut with the "Bridgestone Presents Champ Car World Series Powered By Ford"...
A solid Champ Car debut for Malaysia's Alex Yoong
To finish 14th out of 16 in Saturday's qualifying 2.
Malaysia's first ever Formula 1 driver made a solid start in his debut with the "Bridgestone Presents Champ Car World Series Powered By Ford" by finishing 14th out of 16 cars in the second qualifying session in this weekend's Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix Mexico.
The conditions under which Yoong made his debut were not ideal by any definition as he was facing the challenges of driving an all new car, in a circuit unknown to him, under a new team environment and without any testing prior to his arrival in Monterrey, Mexico from the otherside of the globe following a 33 hour journey across three continents, arriving in Monterrey only a day before the weekend's programme started on Friday.
In each of the four free practices and two qualifying sessions held on Friday and Saturday Yoong took chunks off his best times in each session to make solid progress throughout the two days. He never put a foot wrong bar one spin which left him stalled in the middle of the circuit in the first qualifying on Friday.
Yoong, who received a last minute call-up from the Dale Coyne Racing Team only last Tuesday, clocked his best time of 1m 18.350s in the second qualifying session on Saturday. His team-mate, J. Camathias of Switzerland clocked 1m 19.305s in the same final qualifying session.
"I'm happy with the progress made so far and looking forward to a good race tomorrow." said Yoong following the final qualifying session.