Road America Saturday pit notes

Sunday's race will be 500 miles, 125 laps of the 4.0-mile circuit. It is scheduled to take the green flag at noon. Christi Sadiq will sing the American National Anthem before both races. Cathy Lundgren will sing the Canadian National Anthem. A ...

Sunday's race will be 500 miles, 125 laps of the 4.0-mile circuit. It is scheduled to take the green flag at noon. Christi Sadiq will sing the American National Anthem before both races. Cathy Lundgren will sing the Canadian National Anthem. A native of Elkhart Lake, her family operates the Siebkens Resort. She recently returned to the area after living in London for seven years.

DIDIER THEYS (No. 27 Doran Lista Special) -- It's always great to start on the pole, but it isn't the same amount of satisfaction as if you won the pole in qualifying. But considering the weather we've had today, it would be crazy to go out to qualify because of the rivers of water crossing the racetrack. I've been here before in my Indy Car days, and you can lose cars on the straightaways here. They've made the right decision, to start by the points of the series. No matter if you start first or fourth, that's not much difference in a 500-mile race. I will start the race, and then we will see what the strategy will be with Mauro (Baldi) and Fredy (Leinhard).

TERRY BORCHELLER (No. 5 GTO Saleen SR) -- It's been slow (rebuilding the car following Friday's fire), but thanks to the rain, they're taking their time, which I think will pay off in the race. The front suspension was OK. We were planning on changing the motor anyway, but there wasn't a whole lot they didn't have to replace. All the bodywork's OK, the damage was mainly internal. They worked all through in the night in shifts, and a couple guys stayed up all night. That's what it was going to take, and they did it. They wanted to race, and I'm glad they did. I've got a lot of confidence in the crew. They won't put it out there unless it's ready to go. The car is going to be a little heavier, and the wing's different, with less drag. That may help us, it just will be a little harder to handle.

OLIVER GAVIN (No. 37 Banana Joe's Judd Lola) -- It's going to be a very interesting race. The weather's been very changeable, so that will be a consideration. We feel we've got a good car. It's very, very new and we're still learning a lot about it, but so far it's been reasonably reliable. The plan is to try to finish the race. We've been around the top three (in practice speeds) all weekend, so a finish in the top three would be our goal. We feel the car has the pace to do it. Obviously, a lot can go wrong in a 500-mile race. Jon (Field) will be starting the race. He's always been a bit renown for having good starts and making up a few places.

ERIC VAN DE POELE (No. 12 Risi Competizione Ferrari 333SP) -- I think we're in good shape. We've found the right setup for the car. The track is changed following all the rain, so we'll have to see what's happened tomorrow. I've raced here three years ago in Trans-Am. It's a fantastic track, and it's very good to be here with a sports car.

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