Birmingham: Qualifying report

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (May 17, 2003) -- David Donohue picked up his third-straight Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series pole position today during qualifying for Sunday's Barber 250 at The Park. Donohue turned a 1:24.313 lap at 98.205 mph in the Red...

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (May 17, 2003) -- David Donohue picked up his third-straight Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series pole position today during qualifying for Sunday's Barber 250 at The Park. Donohue turned a 1:24.313 lap at 98.205 mph in the Red Bull #58 Porsche-powered FABCAR Daytona Prototype.

"The track dropped off a little bit for qualifying. I'm not really sure why. It's pretty hot and humid and I see the flag is blowing down the back straight, so maybe that's why our top speed is down a little bit. We expected to be in the 23s, because I did one this morning in practice," said Donohue, who has yet to capture a win this season despite starting on the front row at every race.

"Our guys at Brumos Racing are working really hard and we are looking for our first win in the 58 car. My teammate Mike Borkowski seems to always get the car from me in some sort of turmoil. Hopefully we can get over that. The last race in Phoenix we had a pretty good duel with all three of the Daytona Prototypes that were running up front, and unfortunately I was having too much fun and made contact a little too hard, causing tire rub. We've been the car that everyone is chasing and we'd like to keep it that way."

Also for the third-consecutive race, Donohue will start beside Terry Borcheller in the #54 Chevy Doran JE4 of Bell Motorsports. Borcheller clocked a 1:24.728 lap at 97.7245 mph.

"I slid the back of the car a little too much on my fast lap. I don't know if it would have been fast enough to get the pole. It would have been closer," said Borcheller, whose team put a new Chevy engine in his car last night after falling victim to trouble during practice on Friday afternoon.

The points-leading #59 Porsche Daytona Prototype of Brumos Racing will start in the number three position beside the G&W Motorsports #8 BMW Picchio Daytona Prototype, which is currently second in the points.

Tommy Riggins will start fifth overall and lead the GTS class to the green flag for the third time this season. Riggins put together a 94.952 mph lap in 1:27.202 at the wheel of the Heritage Motorsports #48 Mustang.

"It's going to be an interesting race when we are all out there at one time. I think the fans are going to get to see a lot of action. It's probably going to look like the Talladega short track for a little while," said Riggins, who picked up the Acxiom Grand Touring Challenge $1,000 bonus for taking the GTS pole.

Cort Wagner also earned his third Acxiom Grand Touring Challenge $1,000 bonus check for topping the GT class. Wagner recorded a 1:27.902 lap at 94.196 mph in the Ferrari of Washington #33 Ferrari 360GT before the qualifying session was cut short when the Orbit Racing #44 Porsche GT3 RS lost a wheel.

"It was definitely an interesting lap," said Wagner, who made contact with the Gunnar Racing #6 Porsche GT1 at the end of the session. "I had a flyer and then I had traffic and then I put down another flyer. I was going down for another flyer and we came down to the hairpin and he (Gunnar Jeannette) saw the crash before I did and I just slammed right into the back of him. It was definitely an interesting qualifying session."

Tickets are currently on sale for the Barber 250 at The Park and Barber Park Twin 200s and can be purchased at the gate or by calling 800-240-2300 or 205-327-RACE. Tickets are also available online at www.southtix.com.

Additional information on Barber Motorsports Park can be found online at www.barbermotorsports.com. For more information on the Grand-Am Cup Series, visit www.grandamerican.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers David Donohue , Gunnar Jeannette , Tommy Riggins , Mike Borkowski , Cort Wagner