Phoenix: Doran-Lista Racing qualifying report

Lienhard to Start 14th in Food City 250 at Phoenix Int'l Raceway Tomorrow Night PHOENIX, April 9 - Fredy Lienhard Sr. of Niederteufen, Switzerland put the Doran-Lista DORAN JE4 Lexus ...

Lienhard to Start 14th in Food City 250 at Phoenix Int'l Raceway Tomorrow Night

PHOENIX, April 9 - Fredy Lienhard Sr. of Niederteufen, Switzerland put the Doran-Lista DORAN JE4 Lexus #27 firmly in the field Friday afternoon for tomorrow night's Food City 250 Rolex series race at Phoenix International Raceway.

Lienhard's best lap in the 15-minute session was his 12th one. It took him just a tick more than a minute - 1:00.341 - to travel over the 1.51-mile, 11-turn road course, which computes to an average speed of 90.088 mph.

That was good enough for 16th overall and in the Daytona Prototype class, but Lienhard will actually start 14th because two drivers who ran faster were sent to the rear for infractions. Lienhard will take the green in row seven tomorrow, beside the Essex Racing Multimatic Ford #5.

"I was working hard, but only one lap counts in qualifying!" said Lienhard after the qualifying session.

"The car still has a bit of understeer in the banking, but I was able to drive normally. For me it's important to have good, consistent laps, so for me it was OK.

"I'm not far off from the fastest drivers," he noted. "If I could pick up a half-second I'd be with the next group, but I need to practice more to be able to do that. I haven't driven since the Rolex."

Max Papis won the pole with a new track record of 56.005 seconds (97.063 mph).

Lienhard said he likes the track, which is near co-driver Didier Theys' hometown of Scottsdale, Ariz., but noted that avoiding accidents and other troubles will be crucial to finishing well in the two-hour-and-45-minute race tomorrow night.

"Our goal tomorrow will be to stay out of trouble and have no problems to the finish. That's my style, and that's our strategy," he said.

The three other DORAN JE4s in the field will start third (Michael Shank Racing DORAN JE4 Lexus #6); fifth (Rx.com/G&W Motorsports DORAN JE4 BMW #81) and 12th (Bell Motorsports Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac #54).

The race will be broadcast live on SPEED at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

For more information see www.listaintl.com, www.lista.com and www.doranracing.com.

-dlr/lm-

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Didier Theys , Max Papis , Fredy Lienhard , Michael Shank