ROOKIE DAN CLARKE GETS HELP FROM RAIN, KEEPS POLE
 
 

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (September 23, 2006) – Champ Car rookie Dan Clarke wasn’t taking any chances Saturday at Road America, despite the fact that persistent rains appeared to have handed him the first Bridgestone Pole Position of his young Champ Car career.

His Friday time of 1:55.123 (126.585 mph) was the best effort of first-round qualifying for the Champ Car Grand Prix of Road America, and each drop of rain that fell on the 4.048-mile Elkhart Lake circuit made it less and less likely that anyone could approach his Friday time.

But while Clarke’s CTE Racing – HVM teammates were beginning to celebrate, Clarke stayed strapped into his 750hp Champ Car, readying himself to go out and defend his position if the need arose.

“With about 15 minutes left in the session, my guys started taking their helmets off and talking about what we had done,” Clarke recalled. “I just stayed in the car because it might have stopped raining and gotten drier and you never know what can happen.”