Birmingham: Krohn Racing/TRG qualifying report

Krohn Racing/TRG Qualifies Second and Eighteenth at Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, Alabama -- Driver Christian Fittipaldi just missed putting the number 66/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype on the pole by 0.008-second for ...

Krohn Racing/TRG Qualifies Second and Eighteenth at Barber Motorsports Park

Birmingham, Alabama -- Driver Christian Fittipaldi just missed putting the number 66/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype on the pole by 0.008-second for tomorrow's Porsche 250 Presented by Bradley Arant race at Barber Motorsports Park, while Tracy Krohn qualified the number 67/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley in 18th.

In a qualifying session that was cut short due to an accident involving the No. 77 Ford Doran on the front straight, Fittipaldi set his fast qualifying time of 1:22.274 and an average speed of 101 mph on his fourth lap around the 2.3-mile, 16-turn circuit. At the time, his fast lap was quick enough for the pole, but towards the end of the qualifying session he was bumped out of the top spot. And, with the session cut short, Fittipaldi ran out of time to make another run at the pole.

"It's definitely not a bad place to be for the start tomorrow," Fittipaldi said of his front row qualifying effort. "We did our homework this weekend and we definitely had a car that had a shot at the pole. But, we'll see what happens tomorrow."

"Prototype qualifying was fantastic," co-team owner Kevin Buckler said. "Christian was trading positions for the pole right up to the end. He just missed the pole by eight-one-thousandths and we probably would have had the pole if we had a little more time, but the black flag messed us up. So, we'll take second with the No. 66 car."

Co-drivers Fittipaldi and Bergmeister look to capture their first win of the 2005 season.

Team co-owner and driver Krohn, who won the race at Watkins Glen with co-driver Nic Jonsson a little more than a month ago, qualified the No. 67 car 18th on the grid with a fast lap of 1:25.488 and 96.856 mph.

"Qualifying was a little disappointing," Krohn said of his qualifying run. "It took about three laps to get the tires up to temperature. I was on a flying lap, looking at the split times and I was about a second under the split, when they threw the black flag. So, I was pretty disappointed about that. I think the car is pretty good. We will need to be patient, run a smart race and I think we'll do really well."

"Tracy turned a great lap in qualifying," Buckler commented on Krohn's qualifying session. "I think it was his fastest lap of the weekend or close to it. Both of our racecars are good. We are going to do our best and I feel good about the weekend."

Round eight of the Grand American Rolex Series will be televised live tomorrow, Sunday, on the Speed Channel starting at 1:00 p.m. EST.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Christian Fittipaldi , Kevin Buckler , Tracy Krohn , Nic Jonsson
Teams Krohn Racing