Grand Am – Mont Tremblant – Qualifying Report
Four From Four
A Riley on the pole again, the #01 Riley on the Pole again: for
the fourth time this year, the CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with
Felix Sabates will start from ploe position, Scott Pruett setting
the 1:28.575 lap, to beat Max Angelelli by just under two tenths.
hustled the #58 Brumos Fabcar to third quickest, the only other
car to dip below the 90 second barrier during the meeting so far
(1:29.750). Donohue set the pole here last September with a 1:30.225.
fourth pole position in a row is very exciting, especially coming
here for the first time," Pruett said. "The only (driver)
that has been here before is Max (Papis). To come out of the box
in Mont-Tremblant and do so well is outstanding. This is a wonderful
circuit, but a very technical circuit. We had a little incident
yesterday and I've got to hand it to the CompUSA guys, they turned
things around really quick. They got the car right back out there
and never missed a beat, so we were able to continue on with our
development. Winning this pole position is a huge statement for
the team. We had a few setbacks during the weekend and we rose right
So Bill Riley was right,
it was ‘bullshit’ to suggest that his Riley MkXl was
anything but the thing to have – whether it be a roval, the
twisty little Phoeniox roval, or a road circuit.
Max Angelelli felt he
should have had the pole: "I have to apologize to the team
because maybe I could have had the pole today. I just didn't realize
how little time I had left. I thought I would rest the tires a lap
and go for a clear lap but it was too late. At that point, I had
maybe only two laps left and then I ran into a slower car. Even
so, the car is very good and I have to praise the SunTrust boys
for a fantastic job to change engines so close to qualifying."
nice rebound after Phoenix," Donohue said. "We have three
strong drivers for this race and the great preparation by the whole
Red Bull Brumos team."
and Butch Leitzinger (above) set close times in fourth and fifth,
in the #27 Doran Lexus and #4 Crawford respectively, with Lucas
Luhr sixth in the #59 Brumos – just ahead of four more cars
with close times, those of Jimmy Morales (CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing
with Felix Sabates #02), Oswaldo Negri, Terry Borcheller and Justin
Rx.com / G&W Motorsports #81 Doran BMW hasn't completed a lap
yet, but will start at the back of the DPs with a fresh engine,
while the Homestead winner, the Duno / Wallace / Lammers Crawford
will start fourteenth after Milka set the qualifying time.
set the time in the 2003 championship winner, after Forest Barber
had problems on Saturday morning. "In the first practice session
today the wheel nuts came off the left rear wheel at the bottom
of the hill in turn two. At the top of the hill the wheel fell off
and I had no steering, no brakes and I was just along for the ride.
I hit the guardrail and the tire wall. It broke the front splitter,
the toe box, the nose and the left-rear hub. The team did a phenomenal
job to get the car ready for Terry to qualify. We had a reasonable
qualifying effort. If not for traffic, it would have been even better.
The times are very close; I think the cars around us are only a
few tenths away from each other. It should be a good race. Terry
will start of course. I'm not sure, but I think then it will be
Andy [Pilgrim] and then me."
Said, back in a PTG BMW after his Corvette test this week, set the
GT pole, but a late lap from Ian James in the #66 Racers Group Porsche
saw him split the BMWs, less than two tenths slower than Said. Kevin
Buckler was fourth fastest in the other Racers Group Porsche, while
Iradj Alexander showed how competitive a JMB Ferrari can be with
fifth, just ahead of Mike Fitzgerald in the Orbit 911.
Joao Barbosa, competing
in his third series in three weekends (Rollcentre Dallara, RML Saleen,
FoW Maserati) was seventh fastest, but a second slower than Fitzgerald,
who ended up in the gravel: "I went a little too quick through
the fast right-hander turn seven and got the car sideways. I had
to make a decision between hitting the gravel trap sideways and
spinning the car, so I locked the brakes up and spun into the gravel
trap. I flat-spotted all the tires and filled the car up with gravel
so we couldn't continue. But the good news is that I think I have
a pretty good handle on what we need to change on the car to make
it quicker, so we'll be fine in the race.".
Andy Lally and Randy
Pobst were first and second fastest in the TPC SGS Class Porsches,
just ahead of Marc-Antoine Camirand in a Corvette.
full six hour race, so a lowly starting position isn’t too
much of a handicap, but that pole sitting CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing
with Felix Sabates Riley has to score its first win soon, doesn’t
it? Or can the wiley Lammers and Wallace do something from fourteenth
on the grid?