Weaver Takes Mosport Pole Dyson Racing's Thetford / Norcold Lolas Start 1st & 3rd BOWMANVILLE, ONT, August 7, 2004 0x2022 James Weaver said he was playing it cool in qualifying today for Sunday's American Le Mans Series Toronto Grand Prix of ...
Weaver Takes Mosport Pole
Dyson Racing's Thetford / Norcold Lolas Start 1st & 3rd
BOWMANVILLE, ONT, August 7, 2004 0x2022 James Weaver said he was playing it cool in qualifying today for Sunday's American Le Mans Series Toronto Grand Prix of Mosport. He still won the pole with his Dyson Racing Thetford / Nocold Lola by almost half a second over the Audi R8 driver Marco Werner. This marked Weaver's tenth pole-winning effort for Dyson Racing in ALMS competition, the fourth pole for the Dyson team in the past five races and Weaver's third.
"Yes, it's good to be on the pole, and yes, I'm optimistic about our chances tomorrow," Weaver said following his run. "But we've been 'optimistic' for several races now. In addition to having good speed, we'll have to have good fuel economy and good reliability too."
Chris Dyson qualified the other Thetford / Norcold Lola in third place, and will line up for tomorrow's race directly behind Weaver.
Team owner Rob Dyson credited the successful qualifying effort to the team's long and successful experience at the legendary Canadian track. "We know the track pretty well," he said. "We've tested here and won here."
Weaver actually wasn't happy with the decision of ALMS officials to implement an experimental qualifying system this weekend, which saw cars spaced on the track four at a time for two-lap efforts. In Weaver's opinion the procedure, which forces drivers to make an all-out effort on tires that aren't fully up to operating temperatures, added risk without providing a better show for the fans.
"I wasn't going to drive the car any harder than it wanted to go," Weaver said. "There was more in the car. If we'd have had a third lap, it would have gone another 3/10ths faster."
Weaver will be joined tomorrow in the #16 Thetford / Norcold Lola by Butch Leitzinger, who won the pole at the most recent past ALMS race at Portland, OR. Dyson will be partnered by Andy Wallace.