Johnny Leonard Michigan qualifying notes

No Surprise, Leonard Fast In Qualifying; Starts 13th Brooklyn, Michigan - - After securing the 20th fastest time in practice earlier today from Michigan International Speedway, 2005 ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Johnny Leonard...

No Surprise, Leonard Fast In Qualifying; Starts 13th

Brooklyn, Michigan - - After securing the 20th fastest time in practice earlier today from Michigan International Speedway, 2005 ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Johnny Leonard stormed to the front of the speed charts posting the 13th fastest lap time in qualifying, tying a career best for Leonard and his Boca Bay Racing team.

Last year at Michigan, Leonard impressed many by putting his machine on the inside of row seven, he'll do the exact same this year but in a much faster and competitive automobile.

Ironically, going out 20th the same as his practice time, Leonard mastered the two-mile oval in 39.735 seconds equaling a speed of 181.294 MPH. "We're happy with that lap. I left a couple tenths out on the table, but it is our best qualifying run of the season. It's weird that we qualified our race number, but maybe that's a good sign for race day," said the driver Johnny Leonard.

With a final practice session scheduled for Friday morning, the team is looking forward to improving their machine even more and being a threat for the eighth event on the 2005 ARCA schedule.

"We'll see if we can go even faster on Friday," added Leonard. "We have a great car, she is handling beautifully. I'm really excited about race day."

Leonard will pilot the sister car to his Pocono machine that blasted through the field last weekend before developing motor fatigue just after halfway.

The Cape Coral, Florida native and his Boca Bay Racing team are hoping to score a very much needed and wanted top-ten finish tomorrow night.

The Hantz Group 200 is the eighth of 23 events on the 2005 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. A final round of practice is scheduled for Friday, June 17th in the morning from 9:30am to 10:30am with the race set to take the green flag later that day The Speed channel will cover the (100-lap/200 mile event) live from Johnny's in-car camera beginning at 5:00pm EST.

-brr-

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