Vernay-Hinchcliffe go 1-2 at Indy Lights

DEAN McNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:59 PM ET

James Hinchcliffe has rival J.K. Vernay just where he wants him for Sunday’s Firestone Indy Lights race at Exhibition Place.

Hinchcliffe, who trails Vernay by 35 points in the series championship, will start second in the race, a reversal of their positions two weeks ago at Watkins Glen where Vernay passed Hinchcliffe for the win.

Hinchcliffe’s qualifying lap of one minute 5:347 seconds on Saturday was just 4/100ths behind Vernay’s 1:05:2989.

“No one likes to start second, but maybe it will be a god for us,” Hinchcliffe said. “We have started 1-2 on every street course so far this season and we have one win each so this will be sort of the rubber match.”

Former Champ Car World Series regular Dan Clarke will start third after posting a lap of 1:05.773.

Trouble for Tracy

Paul Tracy is going to have to pull a rabbit out of his hat on Sunday if he wants to record his third victory at the Honda Indy Toronto.

The “Thrill from West Hill” will start way back in 24th spot on the 26-car grid in the No. 15 KV Racing Technology Dallara.

As with Friday, when he couldn’t find the right set up for the tough 2.82-kilometre street course, Tracy struggled during Saturday’s IZOD IndyCar qualifying.

“I really don’t know what happened in qualifying,” he said. “The car wasn’t handling right. There was something drastically wrong with it.

“Now, that we are back at the truck, we found something wrong with the car’s setup.

“It is very disappointing. It’s too bad it happened during qualifying.

Tracy said that no matter what he tried to do to get the car going the way he wanted, nothing worked.

“The car just didn’t do what we wanted,” he said. “It was strange because I couldn’t figure out why the car was feeling so weird. It didn’t perform like that on Friday and earlier on Saturday.

“So, now we’ll have to start from the back and drive our way up the field.”

happy Danica

For a girl who often and loudly professes her dislike for street courses, Danica Patrick did pretty well on Saturday, finishing in the fast six of her qualifying group and ending up with a 12th-place result.

“I was pleased with our qualifying run,” she said.

“It was great to advance out of our group, which had a lot of good cars in it. Today was a good step in the right direction. I’m happy with the GoDaddy car and hopefully we can have a decent day tomorrow.”

dean.mcnulty@sunmedia.ca


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