Lime Rock: Highcroft Racing qualifying report

HOME SWEET HOME: PATRÓN HIGHCROFT RACING CAPTURES POLE AT LIME ROCK With a blistering final lap of 46.696 seconds in this afternoon's qualifying session at Lime Rock Park, David Brabham brought home Patrón Highcroft Racing's first pole of the...

HOME SWEET HOME: PATRÓN HIGHCROFT RACING CAPTURES POLE AT LIME ROCK

With a blistering final lap of 46.696 seconds in this afternoon's qualifying session at Lime Rock Park, David Brabham brought home Patrón Highcroft Racing's first pole of the 2008 American Le Mans Series season. He passed Simon Pagenaud in the #66 Acura on the penultimate lap, with a time of 47.062 seconds, -- securing the grid's top spot for tomorrow's race -- then incredibly, followed that by pulling out the best lap of the day, three-tenths of second faster than the lap that had taken the pole.

"I am excited for everyone at Patrón Highcroft Racing", said an ecstatic Brabham, speaking for the members of his Danbury, Connecticut-based team. "It was my job to get it on pole, so I am relieved that I did it! But, I really had to dig deep to find that winning lap. There was some really serious competition out there. Near the end of the session, I was down to ninth position, so I stepped back mentally, worked out what I needed to do and went for it. To be three-tenths of a second up is just unbelievable, especially with the rest of the pack separated by just one tenth of second. There are definitely several factors that contribute to that. We have a superb car. We rolled in here running very quickly; we haven't been out of the top two in any practice. Plus, the Michelin tires really hung in there. They just kept getting better and better. I really thought we had a shot at pole going into qualifying, and to get it at our home race is just sensational. Hats off to HPD [Honda Performance Development, engine provider], Wirth Research [chassis consultant] and all the guys on the team."

"I really like the track, " said Scott Sharp, Brabham's co-driver, returning to the Lime Rock circuit for the first time in 15 years: "The repaving and new layout has resulted in a good grip level and a significantly smoother surface. Lime Rock used to be a follow-the-leader track, but with the reconfiguration, the track has created new opportunities to pass. You can definitely make some moves in certain spots. We've had a really great day in the #9 Acura ARX-01b here at Lime Rock, and are definitely ready to win at our home track tomorrow."

-credit: hr

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Brabham , Scott Sharp , Simon Pagenaud