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Homestead Saturday Qualifying Review

Karl Wendlinger won the pole position during qualifying for Sunday's Sports Car Extravaganza at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Wendlinger drove an Oreca Chrysler Viper GTS-R to a lap of 1:34.442 (84.202 mph) on the 2.21-mile road circuit, the best...

Karl Wendlinger won the pole position during qualifying for Sunday's Sports Car Extravaganza at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Wendlinger drove an Oreca Chrysler Viper GTS-R to a lap of 1:34.442 (84.202 mph) on the 2.21-mile road circuit, the best time of a rain-dampened day for the FIA GT Championship competitors.

Wendlinger's teammate on the French Oreca team, Jean-Philippe Belloc, was second quickest, over half a second behind. Vincent Vosse, driving for the British Chamberlain team for the first time, was third fastest, with the American Mosler Intruder of Joao Barbossa timing fourth quickest.

Wendlinger will start from the pole for the three hour event, which takes the green flag at 1 p.m. Olivier Beretta, the defending FIA GT champion, will share driving duties in the No. 1 Viper, while American David Donohue will start the No. 2 car, turning the wheel over to Belloc at the first pit stop.

Barbossa was fastest of the invited American cars, and will share the Riviera Beach-built Intruder with second generation driver Loic Depailler and James Ruffier.

A full card of racing begins Sunday at 9 a.m. with a 22-lap Spec Racer Pro Series race. The Porsche Owners Club take to the track for a 45-minute race at 9:45 a.m., while the Barber Dodge Pro Series begins a 40-minute race at 11:15 a.m.

Defending winner Nilton Rossoni -- a native Brazilian who resides in Fort Lauderdale -- won the Barber Dodge pole with a lap of 76.599 mph. Swiss Iradj Alexander was second fastest, while series points leader Jeff Simmons managed to time in only eighth quickest.

Warren Stilwell will lead the 33-car field for the Spec Racer event, winning the pole with a speed of 68.389 mph.

Tickets will be on sale at the gate for Sunday's activities, with a grandstand seat costing $15.

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