Edmonton: Richard Antinucci qualifying report

RICHARD ANTINUCCI WILL START TOMORROW'S REXALL EDMONTON INDY ON THE INSIDE OF ROW 10 EDMONTON (CDN) -- After a promising development work carried out throughout the three practices at the Canadian venue, Richard Antinucci was poised to make it...

RICHARD ANTINUCCI WILL START TOMORROW'S REXALL EDMONTON INDY ON THE INSIDE OF ROW 10

EDMONTON (CDN) -- After a promising development work carried out throughout the three practices at the Canadian venue, Richard Antinucci was poised to make it to the Top 12 for the first time in his third IndyCar qualifying attempt. As it turned out this time the gap to be bridged was way small--6 tenths of a second-- but Antinucci had to settle for 10th in his group. His fastest lap at 1:02.8364 (113.036mph/181.093kph) granted him a spot on the inside of row 10 for tomorrow's race.

The day started well for Antinucci, who after some fine-tuning on the car put in a solid run in the morning session. The San Diego-based driver put in his best run after Lap 15, and steadily improved each lap time, shaving three tenths of a second off his previous fastest lap: the 1:02.6396 (113.392mph/182.483kph) clocked on Lap 22 was good enough for the 13rd place.

RICHARD'S TAKE :

"Our grid position is easy to explain: our set up was too soft for Edmonton's searing heat, and today this made us pay a price. On the contrary this may quite be the direction to go for the race tomorrow. At a venue like this airfield, the grip level is constantly changing, and with all the rubber that was left on the surface today, especially after the Firestone Indy Lights race, our pick made us struggle in Q1. When I put on the red tyres I was able to improve my pace, but not nearly enough: I shaved 2 tenths of a second, sometimes 3 tenths, but that was it. I put in my quickest lap just before the checker, and I regret a little bit not to have made the cut, given that this time out the Top 12 was just 6 tenths of a second."

-credit: richardantinucci.net

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