CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland: Dale Coyne Racing Friday report

DALE COYNE RACING RETURNS TO ACTION Portland, OR - After a six week hiatus, the Champ Car Series and Dale Coyne Racing returned to action this weekend for the Mazda Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland Presented by Joe's ...

DALE COYNE RACING RETURNS TO ACTION

Portland, OR - After a six week hiatus, the Champ Car Series and Dale Coyne Racing returned to action this weekend for the Mazda Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland Presented by Joe's Sports and Outdoor.

Both Dale Coyne Racing cars had frustrating first-round practice and qualifying performances on Friday.

In the morning practice session, Katherine Legge's #11 DP01 machine had gear box issues that limited her practice time and kept her in the pits most of the morning session.

"The gear box problem we had this morning really limited my practice time on the track today," said the 26 year old Legge. "I had to spend most of my qualifying session trying to get the car set up to run right, which ended up hurting my qualifying time. Hopefully the rain can hold off tomorrow for qualifying and we can run a faster time."

In the afternoon qualifying session, Bruno Junqueira's #19 Sonny's Bar-B-Q DPO1 suffered the same fate, which kept Junqueria who is in fifth place overall in the Champ Car World Series points standings, in the pits for the last 15 minutes of qualifying. The Sonny's Bar-B-Q team made a valiant effort to get him back out on the track, but the qualifying session time expired as they were about to get the car back on the track.

"There's not much you can do when stuff like this happens," Junqueira said. "I'm not thrilled by our 14th place qualifying effort today. After a six week layoff this isn't the start that we were looking for. But I do know that the #19 Sonny's Bar-B-Q team is going to fix the problems and hopefully give me a fast car for tomorrow."

"It was a tough frustrating day for both of our teams today," said team owner Dale Coyne. "The positive thing about today is that it was all car problems, which can be fixed very easily and quickly. Now all we have to do hope for good weather tomorrow."

The Weather Channel predicts an 80% chance of showers on Saturday in the greater Portland area.

-credit: dcr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Dale Coyne
Teams Dale Coyne Racing