PacWest in top ten on Portland grid

(Portland, Or) - PacWest Indy Lights drivers Tony Renna and Scott Dixon overcame "reduced track time" penalties to qualify in the top 10 for tomorrow's fourth round of the Dayton Indy Lights Championship at the Portland International Raceway...

(Portland, Or) - PacWest Indy Lights drivers Tony Renna and Scott Dixon overcame "reduced track time" penalties to qualify in the top 10 for tomorrow's fourth round of the Dayton Indy Lights Championship at the Portland International Raceway in Oregon.

Renna equaled his best qualifying result of the season when he clocked a time of 1:05.52s in his #18 Motorola PacWest Lights entry and will start on the second row of the grid in fourth position.

Because he brought out a red flag during Friday's qualifying session, Renna was handed an eight-minute penalty which he had to serve today. The penalty caused Renna to end his qualifying run early, just when the other drivers were turning their best times on an improving track.

Championship leader Dixon was robbed of valuable track time when his car stalled out on the circuit, and he had to be moved to a safe position off the course. Although he was able to get his car restarted, Dixon was also assessed an eight-minute penalty for bringing out the red flag.

The 19 year-old New Zealander's time of 1:05.527s was good enough for eighth position.

TONY RENNA -- # 18 MOTOROLA PACWEST LIGHTS -- 4th
Qualifying: 1:05.527s

"I'm pretty happy with my car at the moment, and I don't believe we'll have any major changes to do overnight," said Renna.

"Our times are fairly good for what little time we had during the session.

"Unfortunately, I missed the last eight minutes of qualifying because I was assessed a penalty when I brought out the red flag during Friday's session.

"I feel pretty confident that my car will be strong for tomorrow's race.

"Hopefully I will be able to make some spots tomorrow and collect some badly-needed championship points."

SCOTT DIXON -- #17 INVENSYS/POWERWARE PACWEST LIGHTS -- 8th
Qualifying: 1:05.749s

"We had a very frustrating session to say the least," said Dixon.

"My master switch kept cutting out for some reason, and finally it stalled completely while I was out on the course. The officials moved me to a safe position off of the course, but after I got started again they kept me there and assessed me an eight-minute penalty.

"By the time the penalty was up and I was able to return to the pits for new tires, there were only a few minutes left in the session.

"Overall my car wasn't bad, I just didn't have a chance to get up to speed."

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Scott Dixon , Tony Renna