PacWest drivers in top six Friday at Detroit

(Detroit, Mi) -- PacWest Racing drivers Scott Dixon and Tony Renna have both qualified in the top six on the provisional grid for the third round of the Dayton Indy Lights Championship in Detroit, Michigan. Championship leader Scott Dixon was...

(Detroit, Mi) -- PacWest Racing drivers Scott Dixon and Tony Renna have both qualified in the top six on the provisional grid for the third round of the Dayton Indy Lights Championship in Detroit, Michigan.

Championship leader Scott Dixon was third fastest in his Invensys-Powerware PacWest entry with a time of one minute and 23.81 seconds around the 2.346-mile temporary road course.

Tony Renna set a time of 1:24.619 in his Motorola PacWest Lights machine and is currently sixth on the provisional grid, despite having a tough day.

Renna was penalized five minutes in the morning session for going too fast under red flag conditions. Things got worse in qualifying when he lost all power coming down the back straight 15 minutes before the end of the session.

Both drivers will have the opportunity to improve on their starting positions for Sunday's 32-lap race in tomorrow's final qualifying session.

SCOTT DIXON -- #17 INVENSYS-POWERWARE PACWEST LIGHTS -- 3rd
"Overall we have a pretty good car, however last night I believe we put a little too much downforce on the car," said Dixon, a native of New Zealand.

"The car is a little too soft and I think changing that will be part of our strategy for finding more speed for tomorrow.

"We had a couple of problems in the morning session with an oil pressure light coming on and a spin in turn four -- both things costing us some time. We had a red flag come out as I was on a flyer on new tires in qualifying so maybe we could have finished a little higher than third."

TONY RENNA -- # 18 MOTOROLA PACWEST LIGHTS -- 6th
"It was more than a frustrating day to say the least," said Renna.

"I was driving down the straight and I lost all power. We will have to pull it down and have a good look at things to find out what the problem was. Hopefully we can tidy things up for tomorrow and I can concentrate on getting in a good, clean and uninterrupted run.

"If everything goes to plan I am sure we can start Sunday's race a lot higher than sixth."

PROVISIONAL GRID: Jonny Kane 1:23.309 1; Jeff Simmons, 1:123.810 2; Scott Dixon 1:24.185 3; Casey Mears 1:24.382 4; Andy Boss 1:24.592 5; Tony Renna 1:24.619 6; Todd Snyder 1:24.640s 7; Mario Dominguez 1:24.648s 8; Felipe Giaffone 1:24.803s 9; Townsend Bell 1:24.84.999s 10.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Casey Mears , Scott Dixon , Townsend Bell , Mario Dominguez , Jonny Kane , Tony Renna , Jeff Simmons , Todd Snyder