Sonoma Lights Qualifying Notes+Quotes
- From: "Midnight Rider" <midnight.rider@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2010 09:26:55 -0400
FIRESTONE INDY LIGHTS SUNOCO POLE QUALIFYING NOTES:
- J.K. Vernay won the pole for the Carneros 100. This is his third Firestone
Indy Lights pole. He previously won the pole at Barber Motorsports Park and
- Both races that Vernay has started from the pole, he has lead flag-to-flag.
- Charlie Kimball qualified second, his third front-row starting position this
- James Hinchcliffe qualified third, his eight top-five start of the season.
- Gustavo Yacaman qualified fourth, matching his best starting position of the
season. He previously qualified fourth at Toronto.
FIRESTONE INDY LIGHTS SUNOCO POLE QUALIFYING QUOTES:
J.K. VERNAY (No. 7 Lucas/CJ/Sam Schmidt Motorsports, Sunoco Pole Award winner):
"It was really tight again with James (Hinchcliffe). We are always fighting for
half a tenth (of a second). That was a great battle. I have to thank the team.
The car was great again. I am really happy. After the disappointing weekend at
Mid-Ohio, I wanted to be quick here. It's fantastic. Now tomorrow we have to
stay focused to the race. The goal is to win the championship and we have to
finish well to do that."
CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 26 Levemir FlexPen, qualified second): "It's a great
result for the Levemir FlexPen car. The whole AFS Racing Andretti Autosport
crew gave me a great car from the first practice. It's a lot of fun to drive
here when the car is good. We've been fighting the sun all year. When it gets
hot, we struggle a little bit more. We were hoping the marine layer would stay
for a bit longer, but four hundredths, I'll take that. Come tomorrow, if I get
a good start tomorrow, I'll have a shot at the win."
JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 2 TMR - Xtreme Coil Drilling, qualified third): "We
tried something different in practice, but went back to what we had in the
first practice for qualifying. It was like starting from scratch. The car was
good. The tires fall off after two laps and we couldn't get two clean laps. If
we had, we might have gotten the pole, but that's the nature of qualifying."
GUSTAVO YACAMAN (No. 10 Cape Motorsport with Wayne Taylor Racing, qualified
fourth): "The car was great. We struggled in the practice sessions, but we've
got a pretty strong car. We have pretty good race pace. The track isn't too
bad. There's a spot where the NASCAR part transitions which isn't too good for
us, but I think we'll be OK tomorrow."
DAN CLARKE (No. 40 Wasteco Deans Knight Special, qualified fifth): "We had some
problems early on. We damaged the front wing and the front end of the car so
the car wasn't good at all. We kept up with it and picked up a couple of tenths
but it still wasn't good. We've been top five every week since we got a new
engineer, but I'm still disappointed. We can't find that pole position.
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