CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: CTE Racing HVM Saturday report

Philippe Qualifies Fifth Down Under, the Best Start of his Champ Car Career, Rookie Clarke Qualifies Eighth Nelson Philippe: "Wow, I am on a bit of an adrenaline rush because I had a lap going that was looking good enough for pole but we lost it...

Philippe Qualifies Fifth Down Under, the Best Start of his Champ Car Career, Rookie Clarke Qualifies Eighth

Nelson Philippe: "Wow, I am on a bit of an adrenaline rush because I had a lap going that was looking good enough for pole but we lost it with the red flag. The session was satisfying but a bit disappointing at the same time. Satisfying, because this is my best qualifying result and starting position but disappointing because I was so close to something great. That is the way it goes and at the end of the day I am happy with my car, I am working on my track map and there isn't anything that I really feel we need to change. We're always really strong in the race and I think a podium finish is very realistic for us tomorrow and quite possibly even a victory. We've got a very good car, we just need to play our cards right. I am enjoying every minute of this, this was already my favorite street circuit, but with the car I have this weekend, it is really, really fun!"

Dan Clarke: "I am a bit annoyed with the session because we on the first couple of out laps that there was something wrong that we obviously had not anticipated. I came in we got the car sorted out our problem and when I returned to the track I immediately set a faster time than what I set yesterday. The red came out on the next lap and that was it, so the session was wasted. We're still starting eighth and we'll give it our best shot tomorrow."

-credit: cte racing hvm

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Nelson Philippe , Dan Clarke