PacWest final qualifying notes

(Vancouver, Canada): PacWest Racing's Scott Dixon "left his best to last" during the final qualifying session for tomorrow's eighth round of the Dayton Indy Lights Championship in Vancouver, Canada, and will start from the front row as a ...

(Vancouver, Canada): PacWest Racing's Scott Dixon "left his best to last" during the final qualifying session for tomorrow's eighth round of the Dayton Indy Lights Championship in Vancouver, Canada, and will start from the front row as a result.

Dixon, driver of the #17 Invensys/Powerware PacWest Lights entry, was sitting sixth on the time sheet with a time of 1:07.674 as he crossed the start-finish line for his last lap.

The young New Zealander, who is leading the championship, managed to squeeze another 0.142 of a second out of his machinery on his final dash to give himself a valuable front-row start in what is one of the closest grids this season.

The starting position will also be vital on the concrete-lined Vancouver street circuit which does not encourage too many risky passing maneuvers.

Tony Renna, driver of the #18 Motorola PacWest Light machine, also managed to go faster on his last lap, but the time of 1:07.758 did not improve his position and he will start eighth tomorrow - Just 0.296 of a second separates Renna from pole winner Felipe Giaffone (1:07.462).

Renna's time was 2.272 seconds faster than is official time from yesterday, while Dixon improved 1.165 on his provisional pole time from Friday.

SCOTT DIXON - # 17 INVENSYS/POWERWARE PACWEST LIGHTS -- 2nd Qualifying
time: 1:07.532s

"We were running middle of the pack for most of the qualifying session as we seemed to constantly be running in traffic," said Dixon.

"I was able to jump up into second position in the last lap of the session and overall I am happy with my car. I need to find more front grip for the low-speed turns which my team will be working on tonight. I would have liked to have been on the pole, but I am extremely happy to be on the front row."

TONY RENNA - # 18 MOTOROLA PACWEST LIGHTS -- 8th Qualifying
Time: 1:07.758s

"I have been fighting understeer all weekend although my car was much better during the final qualifying," said Renna.

"The track is getting better as more rubber goes down and we gave it all we have got.

"The grid is pretty tight with only three 10ths between me and pole and I think we can finish with a strong result tomorrow if we are patient."

QUALIFYING TIMES: 1: Felipe Giaffone 1:07.462; 2: Scott Dixon 1:07.532; 3: Jeff Simmons 1:07.557; 4: Jonny Kane 1:07.566; 5: Townsend Bell 1:07.620; 6: Mario Dominguez 1:07.628; 7: Luis Diaz 1:07.719; 8: Tony Renna 1:07.768; 9: Jason Bright 1:07.847; 10: Andy Boss 1:08.005.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Felipe Giaffone , Scott Dixon , Townsend Bell , Luis Diaz , Mario Dominguez , Jonny Kane , Tony Renna , Jason Bright , Jeff Simmons