USA: Lime Rock qualifying notes

Morad Scores Double Pole at Lime Rock Park Lakeville, Conn. - July 6, 2007-- Lime Rock Park is the shortest track visited by the Formula BMW USA Championship, but its 1.53-miles, with only one left hand corner, always prove to be among the most...

Morad Scores Double Pole at Lime Rock Park

Lakeville, Conn. - July 6, 2007-- Lime Rock Park is the shortest track visited by the Formula BMW USA Championship, but its 1.53-miles, with only one left hand corner, always prove to be among the most challenging these young drivers face. A lap takes just over 50 seconds, every tenth found is hard earned, and experience always proves to be advantage.

Round 7: Morad Ends Gutierrez's Streak to take Round 7 Pole

Overall points leader Daniel Morad (Eurointernational) broke the six-race pole streak by Rookie Esteban Gutierrez (Autotecnica) to score the first starting position for Round 7. Morad's 51.775 second lap topped the 17-car field in the 30-minute session that was stopped twice for crashes to take his first Formula BMW USA pole. Morad has never started less than third this season, winning four times and finishing second twice.

Along with Morad, last year's Rookie champion, the next three qualifiers are in their second year of Formula BMW USA and raced at Lime Rock Park last season. Sebastian Saavedra (Eurointernational) will start second for the young Columbian's best career start. Maxime Pelletier (HBR Motorsport Team USA), coming off two podium finishes in Rounds 5 and 6, will start third. Steven Guerrero (HBR Motorsport Team USA) qualified fourth and Alexander Rossi (Team Apex Racing USA), who raced here with the Skip Barber National Championship, will start fifth.

Gutierrez will start sixth, the fastest Rookie in the field. The fastest 11 qualifiers were within only one second of Morad's pole-winning time and the entire field is separated by just more than two seconds.

Morad said, "The pole fight was very close. I want to thank my whole team. They really motivated me. At the beginning of the session I was running P6, I think, but towards the end Sebastian and I were trading the pole time back and forth. Finally I got it by two-tenths.

Saavedra said, "I am happy to start from the second position. If it rains or if it stays dry, the outside of the front row is a good place to start. Consistency is what will be important for success tomorrow."

Pelletier said, "Everything went pretty well, but I had a cramp during the last few laps or I could possibly have improved."

Round 8: Morad Stays on Top for Round 8 Pole

After an afternoon rain deluge, Daniel Morad (Eurointernational) continued to show the way around Lime Rock Park's drying 1.53-mile circuit with a 51.916 second lap to score his second pole position of the weekend in Round 8 qualifying. Mike Hill (Team KMA), whose best effort to-date had been an 11th place start in Round 1, will line up on the outside of the front row. Team KMA teammate Jeffrey Petriello will start third for the Rookie driver's fourth top-three start of the season. Esteban Gutierrez (Autotecnica) will start fourth and Sebastian Saavedra (Eurointernational) will start fifth.

Like Round 7, just one second separates the top-11 starters.

Morad said, "The track was only partly dry, but the car was great. I knew I had to lead from lap one and I did it."

Hill said, "The crew has been working very hard and the car was excellent. It will be great to start up front with my teammate Jeffrey. I'm really excited and can't wait for the race."

Petriello said, "With about one minute left my team radioed me to push it. I think I was only P8 or P9 then so I scared myself in a few corners and it paid off. Mike did a great job to get P2. I am really happy for him."

The Round 7 race is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. Saturday followed by Round 8 at 12:45 p.m.

-credit: bmw.usa

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Skip Barber , Maxime Pelletier , Steven Guerrero , Sebastian Saavedra , Daniel Morad , Alexander Rossi , Jeffrey Petriello , Esteban Gutierrez