Heylen Will Have Career Best Champ Car Start at Sunday's Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto Heylen's eighth place qualifying position will give him a fourth row start During today's final qualifying session, mere two tenths of a second...
Heylen Will Have Career Best Champ Car Start at Sunday's Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto
Heylen's eighth place qualifying position will give him a fourth row start
During today's final qualifying session, mere two tenths of a second separate position three from position ten in an extremely close field for Sunday's Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto. Jan Heylen (#34 Champ Car Grand Prix of Belgium / Cosworth / DP01 / Bridgestone) took advantage of a clear track early in the session running six laps before a red flag was caused by Legge due to contact with the wall. Once the track went green again, the traffic intensified and while Heylen had fast laps, he was only able to jump into the top ten after his final qualifying lap before the checkered flag.
Jan Heylen #34 Champ Car Grand Prix of Belgium / Cosworth / DP01 / Bridgestone
"I'm really happy for the team today, we have been working very hard for this top eight qualifying position," said Heylen. "It is promising to see that every time we run the car we see improvement and we're steadily getting closer and closer to that top spot. Overall, I'm pleased that we were finally able to get a top-ten result and while I feel that I could have done a better time, I gave it my best effort. The tires were at their peak on lap three or four but I had my peak driving performance on lap six and by then the best of the tires was gone. I'm now looking forward to a great race and strong finish tomorrow."
Eric Bachelart Quote
"It is great to see Jan in the top-ten in qualifying today," said Eric Bachelart, Conquest Racing team owner. "I think it's well deserved and we are obviously pleased to have a fourth row start for tomorrow's race. We all held our breath waiting to see where the time for Jan's last lap was going to end up in the field and it was fast enough to take the eighth position. We have to now look to the race and get a good start and hopefully finish a great race here in Toronto tomorrow."
The green flag drops on the Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto on Sunday, July 8th at 1:00 p.m. EST. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN beginning at 1:00 p.m. as well as broadcast live on XM Satellite Radio Channel 205.
Toronto is the second leg of the Champ Car Canadian Triple Crown which will pit teams against each other over the three successive Canadian races. The competition began in Mont Tremblant on July 1st and will conclude in Edmonton on July 22nd. Standings in the Triple Crown will be based upon a combined average finish for each team.