ROCKETSPORTS RACING IS LOST IN TRANSLATION IN TORONTO TORONTO, Canada (July 9, 2005) -- After a long night of working on the cars, the Rocketsports Racing team showed up this morning hoping to see the light on the other side of the tunnel,...
ROCKETSPORTS RACING IS LOST IN TRANSLATION IN TORONTO
TORONTO, Canada (July 9, 2005) -- After a long night of working on the cars, the Rocketsports Racing team showed up this morning hoping to see the light on the other side of the tunnel, instead they remain lost in the dark as their qualifying results did not reflect even a gleam of hope for Round 6 of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford in Toronto.
At the beginning of the morning practice, the sun was shinning brightly and things were looking up. Both Timo Glock and Ryan Hunter-Reay came into the pits after about eight laps feeling that the cars had improved from Friday afternoon. By the end of the session, both the #8 DHL Global Mail/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone and the #31 Cytomax Sport Drink/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone cars improved their times posting laps within the one-minute marker.
The afternoon would be the true test, after more work was done on the two Rocketsports machines; it was now time for qualifying. During the 15-minute practice session of qualifying things were not looking promising.
Glock was the first to head out for final qualifying when the green flag dropped. Taking advantage of an open track, he scurried out of the pits to see how the car was feeling when on track by himself, since he never had a change to get in a good lap during the 15-minute practice. He posted a time of 1:00.848 during his first seven laps of qualifying. During the second stint, he was able to improve that time, running a lap around the 1.755-mile temporary street course in 1:00.189 (104.969 mph). Competing with five other rookies in the 18-car Champ Car field, the German will start 14th in tomorrow's race in a grid that does not find one rookie starting in the top ten.
Ryan Hunter-Reay's day shadowed that of his teammate's, with one common word coming over the radio from both cockpits -- understeer. His first attempt at qualifying saw him post a time of 1:00.591 (104.273 mph) during a seven lap stint. During his second run in the afternoon, the American was unable to improve that time, and will start 17th in tomorrow's race. However, Hunter-Reay sits ninth in the Champ Car records for winning from the farthest starting position when he started 12th on the streets of Australia in 2003 and took the win. With a record like that, anything can happen when this third year Champ Car driver takes to the streets of downtown Toronto tomorrow.
The Rocketsports team will have a 30-minute warm up session before tomorrow afternoon's race. The Molson Indy Toronto will take the green flag at 1:00 p.m. ET and can be seen live on CBS with coverage beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Timo Glock #8 DHL Global Mail/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"I am not really sure what to say. It is disappointing that we are off the pace. The other guys are going so much quicker through the corners, but not us. I am not really sure what is going on, or how we can fix it. The set up on the DHL Global Mail car is ok, so I really don't think it has to do with that. It is a shame, at the beginning of the season we were competitive, now we are just struggling and not being able to be competitive in the last couple of races is really putting us at a loss."
Ryan Hunter-Reay #31 Cytomax Sport Drink/Rocketsports Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone
"We are lost. That is all there is to it. The car keeps changing, once something feels right, something else changes. Towards the end of the qualifying session I was giving it all I had, and then I was blocked on my last two laps, so I could not even try to get a good lap in. It is very frustrating and difficult to be in this situation as a team. I am just for a loss of words. I guess we will wait and see what happens tomorrow."