Top Ten Day in Toronto for Dale Coyne Racing Toronto, Ont. - It was a top ten day for Dale Coyne Racing on Friday as both Katherine Legge and Bruno Junqueira tentatively qualified ninth and tenth in preparation for ...
Top Ten Day in Toronto for Dale Coyne Racing
Toronto, Ont. - It was a top ten day for Dale Coyne Racing on Friday as both Katherine Legge and Bruno Junqueira tentatively qualified ninth and tenth in preparation for Sunday's running of the Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto on the 1.755-mile street course layout at Exhibition Place.
Junqueira had his #19 Sonny's Bar-B-Q DP01 car dialed in from the start of the day as he posted the seventh fastest speed (103.983 mph) in morning practice. He came out strong in the afternoon practice session as the sixth fastest (104.910 mph) before running his fastest speed of the day (106.101 mph) in the first round qualifying session. The only downside to his day was that on his last lap of qualifying he made contact with the wall and caused moderate damage to the front and side of the car. Junqueira could have easily qualified fifth if he hadn't been blocked for four laps by fellow driver Will Power.
"I had a great car today, said an upset Junqueira. "I would have easily had a top five today if it wasn't for Will Power. I was pushing as hard as I could on the last lap. Unfortunately, he kept making mistakes and was blocking me for four laps so I couldn't get around him. His last mistake caused me to lose down force to the car and my front wheel clipped the tires and then the next thing I knew I was into the wall. I'm just very upset right now because I had a great car. I know my team will get the car ready for me tomorrow."
Legge, driver of the #11 Dale Coyne Racing DP01, shinned today as she was able to post the ninth fastest qualifying time (106.149 mph) in the afternoon qualifying session. Legge was 13th fastest (102.558 mph) in the morning practice session, but was seventh in the afternoon practice with a speed of 104.818 mph.
"I was very pleased with my time today, said the 26-year old Legge. "It was nice to get off to a great start by qualifying ninth. The team gave me an awesome car today. The car got so much better after the morning practice session. I think that we will get the car even faster tomorrow depending on the weather."
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.
The Champ Cars will be back on the track on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. EDT for another practice session before second round qualifying starts at 1:15 p.m. EDT. The green flag will drop at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN beginning at 1:00 p.m. EDT, as well as broadcast live on XM Satellite Radio Channel 205.