Road America: Pirelli qualifying report

PIRELLI-SHOD ASTON MARTIN GAINS FIFTH ALMS POLE AT ROAD AMERICA ELKHART LAKE, Wis., Aug.19, 2006 Fastest gun in the American Le Mans Series, at least in the GT1 class, again belongs to the Aston Martin Racing team as the ...

PIRELLI-SHOD ASTON MARTIN GAINS FIFTH ALMS POLE AT ROAD AMERICA

ELKHART LAKE, Wis., Aug.19, 2006 Fastest gun in the American Le Mans Series, at least in the GT1 class, again belongs to the Aston Martin Racing team as the #009 car of Stephane Sarrazin of France earned the pole position in qualifying for tomorrow's Generac 500 Presented by Chicago Tribune at Road America, the seventh round of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS).

This was not only Sarrazin's first pole of the ALMS season; it was also the first time that he had ever seen the 4.05-mile, 14-turn circuit except on his PlayStation game. Oh, by the way, the quiet Frenchman's time of 1:59.638 was a qualifying record! His closest challenger should have been his teammate, Tomas Enge of the Czech Republic, in the #007 DBR9 who finished third with a 1:59.972 when he encountered traffic blocking his fast lap.

This marks the fifth time this ALMS season that the Astons have qualified on the pole two by Enge and one each by Pedro Lamy and Darren Turner. Lamy smashed the qualifying record at the 12 Hours of Sebring in the ALMS season opener.

The Astons have also had the fastest laps at three of the races: Enge at Sebring, Lamy at Mid Ohio, Sarrazin at Salt Lake City and at Portland last month where the Astons finished 1-2 in their second-straight ALMS victory.

"From my first lap on Friday, I had a good feeling about the track. It's a very technical track," commented Sarrazin. "Immediately I was happy with the car...we had a good base to start with and the team improved the car each session." Let's hope it peaks with Aston on the top of the Road America podium.

The 2 hours and 45 minutes Generac 500 at Road America will begin at 2 p.m. (CDT) on Sunday, Aug.20, with Speed Channel broadcasting the race live. ALMS Radio Web will have live coverage online at www.americanlemans.com. In addition, all ALMS races will again be televised in Europe in an arrangement between the series and MotorsTV, a European channel dedicated to motorsports. More information about Pirelli's 99 years of motorsports can be found on the web at www.pirellicompetizioni.com.

-credit: pirelli

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Series ALMS
Drivers Tomas Enge , Darren Turner , Stéphane Sarrazin , Pedro Lamy
Teams Aston Martin Racing , HART