Laguna Seca: GM Racing Saturday report

Fogarty Qualifies GAINSCO Pontiac On Pole At Laguna SunTrust Completes All Pontiac Front Row Fogarty put in his pole time of 1:20.787 early in the session. The point position was a natural carryover from each of the practice rounds...

Fogarty Qualifies GAINSCO Pontiac On Pole At Laguna
SunTrust Completes All Pontiac Front Row

Fogarty put in his pole time of 1:20.787 early in the session. The point position was a natural carryover from each of the practice rounds this weekend, where the GAINSCO car was at the top of the time sheet each time out.

"We have had a good car all weekend," Fogarty said. "Our engineer and team have really given us a good car. We have topped the time sheet every time on the track this weekend. We need to start being as consistent in the race as we have been in qualifying. The times in qualifying I think will be indicative of how close the race is going to be tomorrow."

The No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac was qualified by Max Angelelli, who put in a time of 1:20.834 good enough to share the front row with Fogarty. Angelelli will halve the reigns of the SunTrust car with Jan Magnussen.

"We have a good starting position for the race," Angelelli said. "The team has worked hard on the car all weekend. You need to start up at the front so you can help control the race. So far our year has gone according to plan. Before the season we agreed that we had to finish in the top three every race to have a chance at the championship and we are doing that so far."

In the No. 91 Riley-Mathews Pontiac Riley, Jim Mathews put in a time of 1:23.532 good for a seventh row starting position.

"Not everyone was playing so well out there today," Mathews said. "I had a little issue with the 23 car about track space, but not a big deal. This morning the car was a little better. The overall grip was a little down, I am not sure if the weather was a factor or what, but we will figure it out."

Justin Bell drove the No. 12 RVO Motorsports Pontiac Riley to a 17th-place qualifying position with a time of 1:23.849. The Floridian is happy with the progress of the car since the last race, but had some issues in qualifying.

"We are getting there," Bell said. "I had a slight electrical problem with the car in qualifying, it was cutting-out about four times a lap. Nothing really we could do with the limited time, but keep going and try to put in a decent time. We have made progress since the last race and I think I can be a factor from the back there tomorrow."

-credit: gm racing

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jan Magnussen , Justin Bell , Max Angelelli