IRL: Atlanta Scott Harrington Qualifying

Harrington Qualifies 12th for Saturday's Kobalt Mechanics Tools 500 HAMPTON, Ga., July 16 - Flying around a 1.54-mile oval at 212.398 mph is certainly fast, but Scott Harrington would have liked to have gone even faster Friday night ...

Harrington Qualifies 12th for Saturday's Kobalt Mechanics Tools 500

HAMPTON, Ga., July 16 - Flying around a 1.54-mile oval at 212.398 mph is certainly fast, but Scott Harrington would have liked to have gone even faster Friday night during time trials for Saturday's Kobalt Mechanics Tools 500 Pep Boys Indy Racing League event at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

That speed during Georgia Power Pole Qualifying put him on the outside of row six for tomorrow night's race. A few hours earlier Harrington had posted a lap at 213.751 mph in practice. Had he run that fast in qualifying, he would have been seventh in the 27-car starting lineup. Instead, Harrington's CertainTeed Building Products Dallara Aurora No. 66 will take the green flag beside Jimmy Kite's car in 12th position when the green flag drops and the FOX Sports Net cameras roll Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

"I don't know what happened in qualifying," said Harrington, who is on crutches due to a broken leg suffered in practice for a race at Texas Motor Speedway in June. "The car seemed to be bound up. It just didn't run as free as it did earlier today. It just seemed like it was scrubbing too much speed in the middle of the turns. The track felt good; for some reason we just slowed down."

Crew chief Darrell Soppe and the CertainTeed Building Products pit crew were hard at work to try to diagnose the problem and find a solution immediately after qualifying.

"I'm confident the CertainTeed crew will solve the problem; they're the best in the business," Harrington said. "It might have been something with the tires or the shocks. We'll just have to be patient and try to make our way up through the pack. Qualifying and the race are two different things."

Billy Boat won the PPG Pole for the race, which is being presented by MCI WorldCom, with a speed of 215.251 mph.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Billy Boat , Jimmy Kite , Scott Harrington