Tracy Qualifies Third, Allmendinger Seventh In Australia Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia -- October 21, 2006 -- The Forsythe duo of Paul Tracy and A.J. Allmendinger will line up third and seventh for Sunday's Lexmark Indy 300 after what...
Tracy Qualifies Third, Allmendinger Seventh In Australia
Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia -- October 21, 2006 -- The Forsythe duo of Paul Tracy and A.J. Allmendinger will line up third and seventh for Sunday's Lexmark Indy 300 after what turned out to be a frustrating qualifying session for the blue and white team. Tracy, who was second quickest in morning practice, had to slow down repeatedly during his stint due to slow traffic on the race track and was not able to squeeze the maximum speed out of his #7 Indeck Champ Car.
Allmendinger led morning practice and turned a quick enough lap during qualifying to put him on the front row, unfortunately he crossed the finish line only a few seconds after a red flag came out and his flying lap was deleted from the time charts. This will be only the second time that the young American driver will start a race this Season from outside the top 4.
"I'm happy with how the performance of the team has rebounded from yesterday. Obviously yesterday was a huge disappointment not get to go qualify because I felt that we had been quick right from the drop of the flag yesterday. The car would not start for us yesterday. But you know, the session went out well, we went out early to get a lap time and the second run, I got kind of stuck behind Oriol Servia, and he held me up for two laps of the four laps we got out there before it went red. So it was a little bit frustrating, because I know there was still a lot of time left. I had a couple of laps that were much, much quicker than what we ran in the first set.
But hats off to Will (Power) and Team Australia. Tremendous accomplishment here in his hometown and there's always a lot of pressure to perform. I've been in the same thing in Toronto, and when you can score a pole in front of all your family and friends, it's a great feeling."
"I'm really disappointed with my starting position, we put in a lap that was quick enough for the front row only a couple of seconds after the red came out so they took it away from us and now we'll be starting mid-pack. I mean I know my car is fast and I'm confident that we'll be able to pick up some positions during the race but we just have to make sure that we make it trough Turn 1. The whole Forsythe Team has done a great job this weekend, I hit the wall yesterday during qualifying and my guys worked really hard to make sure that the backup car was ready to go this morning, I can't thank them enough. There's never been a repeat winner here and I'm going to do my best to keep the streak alive by winning tomorrow!"
-credit: forsythe racing