Long Beach, Calif. (Saturday, April 20, 2013) - After practice sessions that saw Simona De Silvestro with top-ten lap times, it was Tony Kanaan who set the pace for KV Racing Technology's qualifying efforts on the streets of Long Beach. Kanaan was short of making the cut into the Firestone Fast Sixwith his No. 11 HYDROXYCUT - KV Racing Technology - SH Chevrolet/Firestone car, but still charged to a starting position of 8th for the 39th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Kanaan, who set the fastest lap in last year's event, is content with his qualifying results. "We found the right direction on the setup during this morning session and the times showed up in qualifying," he said. "I know we have a good car for the race tomorrow and starting towards the front will definitely help us fight for a top spot, but I still think it will come down to who manages better their Firestone tires. We'll make some more tweaks to the car for the morning warm-up and get ready for the green flag tomorrow."
Simona De Silvestro caught some bad luck towards the end of the first qualifying session as a red flag came out on the tail end of a stint that would have seen a competitive lap time and was unable to edge her No. 78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy car into the advancing Top 12. De Silvestro will start tomorrow's race in the 20th position.
"It's really frustrating because we got caught out with the red flag," Simona said, "You know it is what it is, but I think the car was really good and it's just unfortunate that we got caught in that. Hopefully we're going to have a good race tomorrow. I think the car is strong and we should be able to pass some cars and move forward."
Team Manager Steve Moore said of today's results, "It was a disappointing day for Simona. She obviously had a really quick car, but unfortunately got caught out with the red flag and was unable to transfer to the top twelve. Tony made it through to the top-twelve, but never got a lap together to transfer to the top-six. All-in-all a little disappointing, but the team's got good momentum and good cars and tomorrow will be a good day for the team."
The team looks forward to channeling that momentum into better results tomorrow. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 1:45pm PST with live coverage beginning at 1pm on NBC Sports Network.Birmingham, AL
About KV Racing Technology
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