EIGHT-MINUTE SESSION HALTS WAGNER'S FAST LAP AT MID-OHIO LEXINGTON, Ohio (August 26, 2005) -- Cort Wagner's qualifying attempt in the no.02 New Century Mortgage Lexus-Riley was cut short at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this afternoon when the...
EIGHT-MINUTE SESSION HALTS WAGNER'S FAST LAP AT MID-OHIO
LEXINGTON, Ohio (August 26, 2005) -- Cort Wagner's qualifying attempt in the no.02 New Century Mortgage Lexus-Riley was cut short at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this afternoon when the 15-minute session was halted at the eight-minute mark for a spectacular incident involving the championship-leading no.10 SunTrust Racing machine. The California native found himself eighth on the timing sheets when the ensuing red flag unfurled over the field, signaling a premature end to qualifying for tomorrow's Rolex Series EMCO Gears Classic.
Wagner assumed the qualifying duties for the New Century Mortgage squad after co-driver Stefan Johansson spent the majority of the morning setting up the car to the Daytona Prototype team's liking. While precautionary measures were taken by the team in the form of an engine change prior to the start of the qualifying session, Wagner was unable to put the Lexus powerplant through its paces due to the incident involving the no.10 car on the backstretch.
"I came around the corner and saw what looked to be a 20-foot flame coming out of the no.10 car," said Wagner. "I would assume it was a fuel line or something of the like because it was a pretty spectacular blaze. But with an eight-minute session, what can you really do? I had a lap going that would have put us in the second row behind [CGRFS teammate] Luis [Diaz], but the car in front of me slammed the door entering Turn 10 and we lost all our momentum and hopes for a fast lap."
Wagner's fast lap of 1:22.243 (98.839mph) around Mid-Ohio's 2.258-mile permanent road course was turned on just his third of four timed laps, and was good enough for the team's eighth top-10 starting position of the Grand American season.