Rain Dampens Portland Qualifying For Dale Coyne Racing Portland, OR - Both Dale Coyne Racing teams will have some ground to make up when they start the Mazda Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland Presented by Joe's Sports and Outdoor on Sunday...
Rain Dampens Portland Qualifying For Dale Coyne Racing
Portland, OR - Both Dale Coyne Racing teams will have some ground to make up when they start the Mazda Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland Presented by Joe's Sports and Outdoor on Sunday afternoon.
After gear box problems plagued both cars yesterday in practice and qualifying, Mother Nature didn't help improve the team's fortunes much on Saturday as the rain fell throughout most of the day, which hampered both drivers from improving on their qualifying speeds from Friday.
Bruno Junqueira negotiated his (#19 Sonny's Bar-B-Q Cosworth/DPO1/Bridgestone) around on the slippery 1.964-mile road course Saturday afternoon and will start in the 14th starting position in tomorrow's race.
"It's hard to make the car go fast when the track is wet," Junqueira said. "We had some gear box problems that hurt our qualifying time yesterday and the rain hurt our chances to improve on it today. For about 15 minutes of qualifying the rain was coming down pretty heavy. When the track wasn't as wet we had a very competitive car. We will just have to wait and see if the weather is going to cooperate with us tomorrow."
Saturday's rain also gave Junqueira's teammate Legge some headaches as she was only able to qualify her (#11 Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone) car in the 16th starting position.
"It definitely doesn't make any driver's job any easier when it is raining out," said Legge. "I think that we did a good job running the car in the rain today. It's been about a year since we had to run on the Bridgestone Potenza rain tires. With tomorrow's weather looking like it might be a carbon copy of today's weather, it's anybody's race to win tomorrow regardless of what position you start the race from."
Team owner Coyne was optimistic about his team's chances tomorrow.
"Both our drivers have done a great job through the first three races this year in being able to move up through the field," said team owner Dale Coyne. "Every driver will be on equal ground if it's raining during the race tomorrow."