PacWest Racing got off to a flying start in the 2000 Dayton Indy Lights Championship when Scott Dixon and Tony Renna set the second and third quickest time respectively in the first qualifying session of the season in Long Beach California ...
PacWest Racing got off to a flying start in the 2000 Dayton Indy Lights Championship when Scott Dixon and Tony Renna set the second and third quickest time respectively in the first qualifying session of the season in Long Beach California today.
Unfortunately some of the joy turned sour a little time later when Renna's car failed to pass technical inspection.
The rear wing of Renna's Motorola PacWest machine was illegal by just 0.007 of a degree and car was excluded from the timesheets as a result.
Renna will have the chance to qualify his car in the final official qualifying session tomorrow.
Dixon set a time of 1:16.549s Powerware PacWest car, just 0.371 of a second behind Australian rookie Jason Bright.
PAUL "ZIGGY" HARCUS -- TEAM MANAGER
"The car passed "tech" yesterday and we have not touched the thing since," said Harcus.
"The series officials agree that we were not intentionally doing anything illegal to improve performance, but at the same time the car did not meet the guidelines set out in the rule book. We just need the weather to be kind to us tomorrow so Tony can post another time and get a good starting position for Sunday."
SCOTT DIXON -- 1:16.549s - 2nd
"We changed the car between sessions and it would seem we have certainly gone in the right direction," said Dixon.
"We started out on old tires and pretty much had them covered.
"We put more wing on that definitely helped. We had a bit of traffic to start and I only got in one fast lap on the new tires. Then we had a red flag and that messed us up a bit.
"I think if we had the chance to run a couple of more laps we would have been right (on the pole)."
TONY RENNA -- 1:16.721s - 3rd then excluded
"There was certainly a bit more grip in the track in the second session after more rubber went down during the day," said Renna.
"We put on new tires and made a couple of changes which certainly helped.
"All our testing work is definitely paying off.
"Obviously it is very disappointing to be excluded, especially for such a minor thing.
"I guess the rear wing could have been moved seven hundredths of a degree by one of the boys pushing or pulling the car into position or someone just slightly bumping into it.
"While we are obviously not happy, the decision has been made and we will wear it.
"I am just more focused now on getting out and doing the job tomorrow."