BGB ON FRONT ROW FOR LAGUNA GRAND-AM CUP RACE TRAVER EXECUTES CAREER BEST QUALIFYING OF 6th (MONTERY, CA-May 6, 2006) As was the intention, BGB Motorsports will start their Porsches in the top 10 for Saturday's Grand-Am Cup 200, with the ...
BGB ON FRONT ROW FOR LAGUNA GRAND-AM CUP RACE TRAVER EXECUTES CAREER BEST QUALIFYING OF 6th
(MONTERY, CA-May 6, 2006) As was the intention, BGB Motorsports will start their Porsches in the top 10 for Saturday's Grand-Am Cup 200, with the #38 Porsche 996 sitting outside pole. This afternoon's 15 minute Grand Am Cup GS qualifying session began with a hiccup as the VIR winners in the #33 Playboy Nissan went off course on the opening lap. Once the track and tire wall were cleared, and the session started, Mark Plummer began to put together another one of his fantastic qualifying efforts in the #38 BGB Motorsports Porsche 996. Following closely was Tim Traver in the #83 SimpleNet.com Porsche 996, as the two proceeded to manage traffic. At one point it was an all BGB Motorsports front row but just like some things in life, all good things come to an end. It was still very much a victory for the team though as Mark Plummer rounded the 2.24 mile road course with a time of 1:39.361, which stood as pole position time until the waning minutes of the session. Plummer will still have the luxury of starting on the front row for tomorrow's race. Tim Traver secured his 6th place qualifying position with his best lap of 1:39.848.
Ryan Pilla unfortunately encountered an ABS problem early in the session in the #84 Rhinestone Roxy / Car Doctor Porsche 996. Pilla will start a respectable 29th place with a car that was hampered by brake issues as he finessed the car around the notoriously twisty, hilly circuit with a best time of 1:41.943. Ryan did an excellent job managing the Porsche considering the conditions. A street stock Porsche with no ABS is near impossible to drive when it's hindered by excessive front wheel lockup. Pilla managed a clean lap to give him some good track position for Saturday's race with the hopes of delivering a good car to his codriver Ted Ballou.
Mark Plummer driver of the #38 BGB Porsche had more to add: "We struggled pretty badly yesterday and today setup-wise," Plummer said. "We worked out a plan during lunch and made some changes for qualifying, and we had another car like we had at Daytona where we were on the pole for a while. We've got a great package for tomorrow and I have the best co-driver out there, so we're pretty excited."
Tim Traver, driver of the #83 SimpleNet.com Porsche was all smiles: "I'm stoked. I am up front and in a position to deliver my car in a good spot to my codriver Mikel Miller. The car is very fast as is Mikel at this track. I look forward to Saturday's race."
The green flag for the Grand-Am Cup 200 drops at 2:45 pm on Saturday, May 6th.