Toronto: RLR/Andersen Racing qualifying notes

Romancini Qualifies 11th, Jackson 15th For RLR/Andersen Racing In Firestone Indy Lights Action at Toronto TORONTO, Ontario, Canada, July 10 - RLR/Andersen Racing qualified 11th and 15th Friday at Toronto's Exhibition Place in preparation for ...

Romancini Qualifies 11th, Jackson 15th For RLR/Andersen Racing In Firestone Indy Lights Action at Toronto

TORONTO, Ontario, Canada, July 10 - RLR/Andersen Racing qualified 11th and 15th Friday at Toronto's Exhibition Place in preparation for tomorrow's 50-lap Firestone Indy Lights race, the first event for this series on this 1.75-mile, 11-turn street course.

The Palmetto, Fla.-based team and its two drivers here, Mario Romancini of Sao Paulo, Brazil and Ali Jackson of Belfast, Northern Ireland, experimented with the set-up of their cars as they tried to find the fastest way around the bumpy circuit. Both Romancini and Jackson are rookies in the series so each venue is new to them, so in that regard it was business as usual.

Romancini qualified 11th with a time of 1:05.4713 and an average speed of 96.500 miles per hour for his No. 5, which is sponsored by Andersen Racing, Revita Recycling, Win Brazil Marketing, Allied Interior Products and Lafarge North America.

Jackson qualified 15th with a time of 1:06.9773 and an average speed of 94.330 mph with his No. 9, which advertises Ireland's Moyvalley Golf and Hotel Resort and Allied Interior Products.

Tomorrow's schedule shows another practice session from 8:50 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. before the 18-car race begins at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time. The race is slated to be covered live on the Internet at indycar.com. VERSUS's TV coverage is slated to air at 11 p.m. Eastern time Monday.

After that, the next Firestone Indy Lights race is July 26 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. For more information on that event see indycar.com/pro.

For more information on Andersen Racing, which is sponsored by Allied Interior Products and Lafarge North America and offers programs in karting, Formula BMW and Star Mazda in addition to Firestone Indy Lights, see its Web site at andersenracingteam.com. For more information on its 1-mile road course test track in Palmetto, Fla., see andersenracepark.com.

Post-qualifying quotes follow:

Mario Romancini: "We tried something for qualifying that didn't work out like we hoped, so we'll have to start further back than we want to. It is good that we have another practice session in the morning. We'll make some changes tonight and see if we can come up with a set-up that will be better than what we had today. The team is working very hard.

"The track is very bumpy; there are many different surfaces and patches in the track, which adds to the challenge.

"We'll all do our best, and I'll try my best to get at least a top five tomorrow. We're still second in the points, and we need to make as many points as we can here for the championship."

Ali Jackson: "The track is fun, and the atmosphere of the event is good. We just have a lot of work to do to get into the top 10.

"I feel a lot more comfortable than I did at Watkins Glen because I have a new seat now. The team is sorting out a few other things tonight that should help too. I look forward to tomorrow and trying to get a top 10 finish."

-credit: rlr/ar

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Mario Romancini