Miami: Porsche qualifying notes

Lucas Luhr again king of street courses as Alex Job Porsche takes ninth GT pole in ten attempts; Porsches take top six grid positions. MIAMI, Florida -- October 4 -- Lucas Luhr, the German Porsche GT driver now living in Monaco, continues to...

Lucas Luhr again king of street courses as Alex Job Porsche takes ninth GT pole in ten attempts; Porsches take top six grid positions.

MIAMI, Florida -- October 4 -- Lucas Luhr, the German Porsche GT driver now living in Monaco, continues to show his prowess on street courses by outperforming the other eight competitors to grab the pole for tomorrow's American Le Mans Series Miami Grand Pri x of the Americas.

"It will be very difficult in the race tomorrow for everyone as the track is both slippery and bumpy, but our #23 Alex Job McKenna Porsche 911 GT3 RS is set up just right, and I felt comfortable going that fast," said Luhr, who picked up a point in the sta ndings to tie his co-driver Sascha Maassen Lucas has now won the pole for all three ALMS street races -- Trois-Rivieres, Washington, D.C., and now at Miami.

Second on the grid, just .7 of a second behind Luhr, is the #22 Alex Job Racing McKenna Porsche team car qualified by 2001 Porsche Supercup champion Jorg Bergmesiter.

Bergmesiter and co-driver Timo Bernhard are in a dead heat with Kevin Buckler, owner and driver of the #66 The Racer's Group Porsche, for the third place in the season points. Buckler and co-driver Brian Cunningham are third on the grid.

In all, Porsches earned the top six grid positions, including #21 Monaco Perspective Porsche 911 GT3 RS of Michael Neugarten/Angelo Barretto/Thierry Perrier (fourth); #43 Orbit Racing Porsche of Leo Hindery/Peter Baron (fifth); and the #42 Orbit Racing Por sche Roger Scotton/Ron Atapattu sixth).

The American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of the Americas will be broadcast live on the Speed Channel television network starting at 4:00 PM Eastern time on Saturday, October 5. It will be broadcast in Europe on a tape-delayed basis on Sunday, October 13, at 20:00 Central European Time on the Eurosport television network. The Miami event will be broadcast live online on the American Le Mans Radio Network starting at 3:00 PM EST, and can be accessed on the Web at www.imsaracing.net. That same American Le Mans Series/IMSA web site will also have live timing and scoring during qualifying and race event.

The official Porsche web site - www.porsche.com - will have qualifying information on the Miami event for all the Porsches entered, and will file stories and photos during and after the race. Porsche web site uses should click on "North America" from the home page when prompted to select a country, choose "motorsports," then "news" to find the ALMS updates.

Other Web sites that follow the ALMS events include The Race Site (www.theracesite.com), the Speed Channel site (www.speedTV.com), Motorsport.com (www.motorsport.com) , AutoSport magazine's site (www.autosport.com), AutoRacingDaily.com (www.autoracingdaily com), Motorsport-news.com (www.motorsport-news.com), Crash.net (www.crash.net), racelines.com (www.racelines.com), EnduranceSportsCar.com (www.endurancesportscar.com), pitstop.com (www.pitstop.com); AmericanRaceFan.com (www.americanracefan.com) and Daily Sports Car (www.dailysportscar.com).

-porsche-

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