BGB ON FRONT ROW AGAIN FOR GRAND-AM CUP PHOENIX QUALIFYING NEARLY A REPEAT OF LAST WEEK'S PERFORMANCE (PHOENIX, AZ-May 11, 2006) In what is looking like a near identical result to their qualifying performance at Laguna Seca less than a week ago,...
BGB ON FRONT ROW AGAIN FOR GRAND-AM CUP
PHOENIX QUALIFYING NEARLY A REPEAT OF LAST WEEK'S PERFORMANCE
(PHOENIX, AZ-May 11, 2006) In what is looking like a near identical result to their qualifying performance at Laguna Seca less than a week ago, Mark Plummer and Tim Traver qualified their cars in 2nd and 5th positions, respectively. With only a 30 minute session prior to the 15 minute qualifying session this evening, the team worked efficiently to get all 3 BGB Motorsports Porsche 996s dialed in for the tight Phoenix 'Roval'. Luckily, the session went off without a hitch, with no full course cautions to further reduce the already limited practice time.
During the 15 minute qualifying session, traffic would again force the drivers to make their own gaps, and find a clear lap around the tight, twisting track. As in Laguna, they were able to do so. Mark Plummer, in the #38 BGB Porsche 996, turned in a lap time of 1:07.713 for an 80.280 mile per hour average speed. After getting out of the car, Plummer had more to add:
"The car was perfect, it didn't give me any surprises anywhere around the track, and I felt that the car would require little in the way of changes for tomorrow's 30 minute practice session and Saturday's race."
Tim Traver, in the #83 Simplenet.com Porsche, surpassed last weekend's personal best qualifying of 6th to qualify the car in the 3rd row and start 5th with a lap time of 1:07.778 and an average speed of 80.203 miles per hour.
Ted Ballou took the qualifying duties this weekend in the #84 Rhinestone Roxy / Car Doctor World Porsche 996. Just like his teammates, he battled some heavy traffic, and was balked by slower cars a few times, but still managed to turn a lap time of 1:09.018, for an average speed of 78.762 miles per hour. Ted felt that, with a bit less traffic, and some breaks from some of the slower cars, he would have improved further.
All three cars have a 30 minute practice session tomorrow at 2:15PM, which will give a final opportunity to sort any issues that the team needs to address before Saturday's 200 mile race.
The green flag for the Grand-Am Cup Avondale Mazda 200 drops at 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 13th with live timing and scoring and a live web cast available at http://grandamerican.vfx.com/Rolex/GrandAmerican_800.asp , and tape-delay TV coverage at 1:00PM ET on Speed TV, May 14th.