Lally Takes Pole for Saturday's U.S. Sports Car Invitational Grand-Am Cup Series Battle MONTEREY, Calif. (May 5, 2006) -- Andy Lally posted a qualifying-best lap time of 1:39.139 (81.268 mph) in the No. 49 Porsche of Lexington/TGB Scooters/Cobra...
Lally Takes Pole for Saturday's U.S. Sports Car Invitational Grand-Am Cup Series Battle
MONTEREY, Calif. (May 5, 2006) -- Andy Lally posted a qualifying-best lap time of 1:39.139 (81.268 mph) in the No. 49 Porsche of Lexington/TGB Scooters/Cobra Powersports Porsche 997 for Marcus Motorsports, and will lead the field into Round 3 of the 2006 Grand-Am Cup Series (Saturday, 2:45 p.m. PT; Tape Delayed on SPEED, May 15 at 12 p.m.) part of the U.S. Sports Car Invitational at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Lally is co-driving the machine this weekend with Spencer Pumpelly, and the duo is currently tied for fourth in the Grand-Am Cup Series driver standings. The duo followed their 14th-place result in the season-opening round at Daytona International Speedway with a podium finish two weeks ago at Virginia International Raceway, finishing third.
"This is the first pole position for Marcus Motorsports," Lally said. "I'm really proud to be one of the guys to deliver that. The guys on the team were busting their butts all week to get ready. They did a great job and this is a great start to the weekend. I'm also very lucky to have Spencer as a co-driver. He and I like the same things on the car, which helps a lot."
Marc Plummer will start from the outside of the front row, posting a lap time of 1:39.361 (81.086 mph) in the No. 38 BGB Motorsports Porsche Carrera. Plummer is sharing the No. 38 car with 2005 Rolex Series GT champion Craig Stanton.
"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."
Eric Lux will start third in the No. 175 Rembrandt Charms Porsche 996 for Tafel Racing. The 18-year-old Lux and co-driver Charles Espenlaub were victorious in the season opener, but a crash in the wet conditions at VIR left the duo with a 29th-place class finish.
The No. 90 Automatic Racing BMW M3 will start fourth, as Jeff Segal posted a qualifying time of 1:39.626 (80.870 mph) for Automatic Racing. Brian Cunningham qualified fifth in the No. 50 Brumos Porsche/Autometrics Motorsports Porsche 997 with a time of 1:39.835 (80.701 mph).
In the Street Tuner class, Californian Daniel Colembie will start from the first position in the No. 00 Scadapack/GM Performance Division Chevrolet Cobalt after posting a qualifying lap time of 1:41.668 (79.246 mph). Colembie and co-driver Jim Holtom are currently tied for sixth in the ST standings, following an eighth place finish in the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway with a fifth place class result at VIR.
"This is my home track, so I went for it," Colembie said. "We had a good lap, and I knew I could throw down a good lap here because I did a track record here in a showroom stock car. I love this place. This is my kind of track. The grip level here is good. You can slide it in the corners and hope it sticks. It's a lot of fun."
Don Salama will start second in the No. 95 Turner Motorsport BMW 330i with a qualifying lap of 1:42.424 (78.661 mph). Salama and teammate Will Turner are one point ahead of Colembie and Holtom in the standings (50-49), as the duo finished third at Daytona and 11th in Virginia. They are currently tied for fourth in the standings.
"BMWs have been strong here in the past," Salama said. "We were on the pole here last year. We're a little disappointed that we're not on the pole. The Cobalts are pretty strong here, but we're pretty happy to be starting up front. I hope we have a good race tomorrow."
Jim Holtom's son--Jamie--will start third in the No. 01 Clearscada/GM Performance Division Chevrolet Cobalt after posting a lap at 1:42.581 (78.541 mph). Jamie Holtom and co-driver Eric Curran were victorious in the VIR 200, and coupled with the duo's fourth place finish at Daytona, are the current points leaders with 63 points.
The Grand-Am Cup Series will have 45-minute practice session Saturday morning beginning at 10 a.m. PT, and the green flag will drop on the Grand-Am Cup 200 at 2:45 p.m. PT.