Notes JUSTIN, Texas - Sometimes it only takes one. That's all Oriol Servia needed during qualifying for the Firestone Firehawk 600 today, as Servia only had a single qualifying lap because of an engine problem. Despite the single lap, Servia...
JUSTIN, Texas - Sometimes it only takes one. That's all Oriol Servia needed during qualifying for the Firestone Firehawk 600 today, as Servia only had a single qualifying lap because of an engine problem.
Despite the single lap, Servia qualified 3rd for the race, his best career start in the FedEx CART Championship, and the best for the new Sigma Autosport racing team.
Servia, 26, driving the Sigma Autosport Lola-Ford/Cosworth, peeled off a time of 22.900 seconds, for a top speed of 232.978 miles per hour on what was supposed to be the first of two qualifying laps. Midway through Servia's second lap, he experienced a loss of power, the result of an engine failure. Servia was the seventh qualifier of the day.
Servia's qualifying effort continues the dramatic improvement of the Chicago-based Sigma Autosport. It will be the third race for the team, which was founded by businessman Tom Wierenga. Wierenga will also do some double-duty during the Firestone Firehawk 600, as he is Servia's race spotter.
Wierenga's duty as race spotter is to warn Servia of any trouble on the track and to make him aware of any cars around him during passes for position.
Tomorrow's race begins at 2 p.m. Central Time and will be show live on ESPN-TV. The Firestone Firehawk 600 Presented by Pioneer is scheduled for 250 laps
"The car felt great on the first lap, and then I felt something was wrong. I looked in the mirrors and saw the smoke and knew that was it. I think the engine blew, but I'm not quite sure. I felt we could have done better on the second lap, but these things happen. To be quite honest I thought for sure my time would not even be good enough for the top ten. Throughout qualifying I think the temperatures got higher and I was lucky to qualify reasonably early."
On whether he could have grabbed the pole had he gotten the chance to do a second qualifying lap: "Always If, if, if. I got one good lap in, and I qualified third, and I'm quite happy. It's a good feeling."
On Sigma Autosport Improvement: "Sigma is a very, very special team and we are on the verge of really putting everything together. The guys have done a fantastic job and this is a great moment not only for me, but for them."
On his approach for tomorrow's race: I think this race could be a big miss at the start, so I'm happy I'm near the front. I do think we are going to have to be patient and more alert than usual. Everything is going to be quick, so we are going to be very careful. There's going to be a lot of traffic, so I want to maintain a good pace, run strong and be there at the end." - Oriol Servia, Driver