Allmendinger Fifth in a difficult day for Forsythe Championship Racing Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia -- October 20th, 2006 -- Provisional qualifying for the Lexmark Indy 300 turned out to be a disaster today for the Forsythe Team.
Allmendinger Fifth in a difficult day for Forsythe Championship Racing
Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia -- October 20th, 2006 -- Provisional qualifying for the Lexmark Indy 300 turned out to be a disaster today for the Forsythe Team. During qualifying A.J. Allmendinger was penalized with the loss of his fastest lap after causing a red flag when his #7 Indeck Champ Car made contact with the concrete wall, his second quickest lap placed him fifth in the provisional grid for Sunday's race. A crash in morning practice forced Paul Tracy to switch over to his backup car, as the car was being prepped for qualifying an engine problem was discovered which kept the 2003 Champ Car Champion from turning any laps during the session. Both Forsythe drivers will make an attempt to capture the Bridgestone Pole Position on Saturday in their backup cars.
"I was on a very quick lap, the lap before I was really slow through that section so I knew that if I got it right I could pick up even more time and secure the Pole. I went deep on the braking zone, locked up and that was it, there was nothing I could do, I just went straight into the wall. It was a pretty big hit, obviously it's an unfortunate situation because we have a very quick car and we should've been at the front. Tomorrow is another day, I know that the Forsythe Team will give me a great car again and I'm confident that we'll be at the top of the charts during final qualifying."
"Well today was pretty much a disaster. During practice I was going thorough the fast chicanes and just barely touched the tires at the apex and my front left suspension broke, I had no steering, I went straight into the wall. We had to go to the backup car for qualifying but we were never able to leave the pits because of an engine problem. So basically we achieved absolutely nothing today, hopefully tomorrow we'll have better luck and we'll actually be able to go out and get some laps in."
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