Daly Grasps Second Career Pole in St. Petersburg, Calderon and Duerson Produce Career-Best Qualifying Results ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., March 27, 2010 - After delivering the fastest time of the day in yesterday's final practice session with a time...
Daly Grasps Second Career Pole in St. Petersburg,
Calderon and Duerson Produce Career-Best Qualifying Results
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., March 27, 2010 - After delivering the fastest time of the day in yesterday's final practice session with a time of 1:10.656, Conor Daly in the #22 Juncos Racing / INDECK / College Network / Merchant Services Ltd. / Tom Lange Co. car grasped his second career pole in the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear in today's qualifying session at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. With a fastest lap time of 1:10.352 today, Daly also achieved the new track record in spite of the session ending early due to a red flag.
"The car was fantastic," said Daly. "I'm really happy with the whole weekend so far. The team has done everything right, they are working really hard and it's paying off. I'm really looking forward to the race tomorrow because our car is very consistent and very drivable. I can't thank them enough for everything they've done so far. I know we can have a good result in the race tomorrow."
Tatiana Calderon cut back her best lap time yesterday of 1:13.166 to a lap time of 1:12.842 today marking her best lap time of the weekend so far. With that time, the young rookie driver from Colombia qualified in 15th position with her #25 Juncos Racing / Kia Motors car and collected her current best qualifying effort in the Star Mazda Championship. Calderon is now focused on staying consistent and finishing tomorrow's race strongly.
"I'm really happy," said Calderon. "The car is really good, and I think I could have been a half a second faster today if the red flag hadn't come out at the end of the session. I was really pushing and got a pretty good result out of it. I'm starting behind Tristan (Vautier) who won last week in Sebring, so I'll just try to follow him in the race!"
Starting alongside Tatiana Calderon in the 16th position will be teammate and St. Petersburg native Hayden Duerson. Duerson too picked up both his fastest time of the weekend and career-best qualifying effort in today's session with a time of 1:13.156. With his hometown supporting him, the 18-year-old rookie hopes to take his #94 Juncos Racing / Tampa Bay Endodontics car to the top-ten positions in tomorrow's race.
"The car was great today," said Duerson. "I was staying up to speed and going quicker each lap until the red flag came out and ended the session early. So, I know the car has more in it and that I'm going to be faster tomorrow for the race. I'm also really looking forward to the race tomorrow because I will be competing on my home track which is something I've always wanted to do."
The Juncos Racing trio will go into tomorrow's 45-minute race with determination and success on their minds as each driver competes for their best finish possible.
-source: juncos racing