Riggins takes pole for Paul Revere 250; Donohue earns eighth-straight front row start. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 2, 2003) -- Tommy Riggins earned his first Rolex Sports Car Series pole of the season during qualifying for the Paul Revere 250 at...
Riggins takes pole for Paul Revere 250; Donohue earns eighth-straight front row start.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 2, 2003) -- Tommy Riggins earned his first Rolex Sports Car Series pole of the season during qualifying for the Paul Revere 250 at Daytona International Speedway. The Heritage Motorsports #48 Mustang driver clocked a 1:49.569 lap at 116.967 mph to earn the number one starting position for Thursday night's late-night race.
As the top qualifier in the GTS class, Riggins also picked up a $1,000 bonus in the Acxiom Grand Touring Challenge.
"It's a pride thing," said Riggins of getting pole. "Our race pace I do not think can stay up with those guys (Daytona Prototypes). It will pan out in the race. Our Mustang just runs good here. It was just a good lap. I went faster than I thought I would go. I did not think we would get out of the 50s."
David Donohue was the fastest qualifier in the Daytona Prototypes class and will start the #58 Red Bull Porsche of Brumos Racing in the number two position. Donohue, who has been awarded a front-row starting position at every race this season, turned a 1:50.196 lap at 116.302 mph to best the original Daytona Prototype track record set earlier this year at the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Donohue topped Scott Maxwell's qualifying lap from last February by 0.316 seconds.
GTS driver points leader Joao Barbosa will start the #31 Captain Cra-z Soap Mosler MT900R in the third position with Darren Law beside him at the wheel of the G&W Motorsports #8 BMW Daytona Prototype.
Cort Wagner turned the fastest lap among the GT competitors to earn a $1,000 bonus in the Acxiom Grand Touring Challenge. He will start in the eighth position overall after recording a 1:54.830 at 111.608 mph at the wheel of the #33 Girard Perregaux Ferrari, which Scuderia Ferrari of Washington brought out of retirement after the team's new Ferrari was severely damaged during a practice session at last week's Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic.
"We are really down on horsepower over the Porsches, so we have to make it up in the corners and under breaking. When the track came to us we had a bigger margin in time differences than the Porsches did. It was a good lap and the car felt good," said Wagner. "The car ran good. We are really happy with it."
The Paul Revere 250 will begin on Thursday night immediately following NASCAR Winston Cup qualifying at approximately 11 p.m. Tickets for the Paul Revere 250, as well as the entire Pepsi 400 event weekend, are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 386-253-RACE.
Additional information on the Rolex Sports Car Series and Paul Revere 250 can by found online at www.grandamerican.com.