Biela puts Audi on Miami American Le Mans Pole; Huertgen leads in LMP 675.
MIAMI (October 4, 2002) -- Frank Biela negotiated a slick track surface to win the pole for the Cadillac American Le Mans Challenge, part of Grand Prix Americas weekend on the Miami Downtown Street Circuit.
Biela, driving the Audi Sport North America Audi R8, won his fifth ALMS pole of the season in nine races. He turned the 1.387-mile temporary circuit in 1:03.873, only slightly ahead of the 1:03.882 turned by Audi driver Rinaldo Capello.
Biela will co-drive in Saturday's two-hour, 45-minute event with Emanuele Pirro, while Capello will share his Audi with ALMS point leader Tom Kristensen.
Claudia Huertgen, a late addition to the driving lineup for the KnightHawk Racing Lola EX257-MG, led qualifying for the LMP 675 class for smaller Prototypes with a lap of 1:08.559. Huertgen will co-drive with Chad Block and team co-owner Steve Knight. The three combined to win the most recent ALMS race at Monterey, Calif., two weeks ago.
Terry Borcheller led a competitive GTS qualifying session, winning his second pole of the year in the Konrad Motorsports Saleen S7R. His lap of 1:10.065 beat the 1:10.524 that was turned by Ron Fellows in a Chevrolet Corvette C5-R. Borcheller will co-drive with Franz Konrad and Toni Seiler.
Lucas Luhr won the pole for the GT class in the Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Luhr, who will co-drive with Sascha Maassen, turned a lap of 1:13.662, beating the other Job car that will be co-driven by Timo Bernhard and Jorg Bergmeister.
The race starts at 4 p.m. (EDT) and will be televised live by the SPEED Channel. The American Le Mans Series Radio Web will have live coverage HERE.