KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Qualifying - Mid-Ohio

TAGLIANI TAKES SECOND STRAIGHT POLE AT MID-OHIO; MOVES TO WITHIN ONE POINT OF BENTHAM FOR POINTS LEAD LEXINGTON, Ohio -- Alex Tagliani will start from the pole position for Sunday's KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship race at the Mid-Ohio...

TAGLIANI TAKES SECOND STRAIGHT POLE AT MID-OHIO; MOVES TO WITHIN ONE POINT OF BENTHAM FOR POINTS LEAD

LEXINGTON, Ohio -- Alex Tagliani will start from the pole position for Sunday's KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Tagliani, of Lachenaie, Que., posted a time of 1:17.339 around the 2.258-mile course, an average of 105.10 miles per hour, for his second-straight pole. Tagliani's Player's-Forsythe teammate Lee Bentham, of Richmond Hill, Ont., will start alongside Tagliani after recording a qualifying time of 1:17.516. Anthony Lazzaro, of Acworth, Ga., will start third with a time of 1:17.552 in his MCI/PPI Swift 008.a.

Tagliani's point earned for the pole moved him to within one point of Bentham, who leads the championship with 100 points heading into Sunday's round nine of KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship, scheduled for an 11:30 a.m. start. Starters for Sunday's 25-lap, 56.45-mile KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with starting position, driver, hometown, time and speed in miles-per-hour: 1. Alexandre Tagliani Lachenaie, Que. 1:17.339 105.106mph 2. Lee Bentham Richmond Hill, Ont. 1:17.516 104.866 3. Anthony Lazzaro Acworth, Ga. 1:17.552 104.817 4. Kenny Wilden Burlington, Ont. 1:17.811 104.468 5. Buddy Rice Phoenix, Ariz. 1:18.062 104.132 6. Matt Sielsky Northbrook, Ill. 1:18.166 103.994 7. Cam Binder Calgary, Alta. 1:18.353 103.745 8. Rino Mastronardi Pistoia, Italy 1:18.468 103.593 9. David Pook Long Beach, Calif. 1:18.473 103.587 10. Memo Gidley Novato, Calif. 1:18.514 103.533 11. Derek Hill Costa Mesa, Calif. 1:18.611 103.405 12. Rob MacDonald Keswick, Ont. 1:18.689 103.302 13. Masaoki Nagashima Tokyo, Japan 1:18.754 103.217 14. Andrew Bordin Woodbridge, Ont. 1:18.748 103.225 15. David Rutledge West Vancouver, B.C. 1:19.786 101.882 16. Eric Lang New York, N.Y. 1:20.083 101.504 17. John Rutherford Ft. Worth, Texas 1:20.198 101.359 18. Michael Conte Seattle, Wash. 1:20.260 101.280 19. Michael David Corona, Calif. 1:20.332 101.190 20. Robert Sollenskog Antioch, Ill. 1:20.872 100.514 21. Zak Brown Indianapolis, Ind. 1:21.028 100.320 22. Joe Sposato Arcadia, Calif. 1:21.410 99.850 23. Bob Siska San Francisco, Calif 1:21.968 99.170 24. Sergei Szortyka Sinking Spring, Pa. 1:22.399 98.651 25. George Frazier Prospect, Ky. 1:23.034 97.897 26. Bob Ferstl Houston, Texas 1:23.244 97.650 27. John Brooks Tucson, Ariz. 1:23.107 97.811

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Derek Hill , Memo Gidley , Alex Tagliani , David Rutledge , Anthony Lazzaro , John Rutherford , Buddy Rice , Bob Siska , Andrew Bordin , Masaoki Nagashima , Sergei Szortyka , Eric Lang , Zak Brown , Lee Bentham , Rino Mastronardi