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Powell takes pole on home track for Sunoco Ultra 94 Mosport 3 Hour. BOWMANVILLE, Ontario (September 12, 2003) -- Grand-Am Cup Series races at Mosport International Raceway has traditionally been a battle of the Canadians. This year's Sunoco...

Powell takes pole on home track for Sunoco Ultra 94 Mosport 3 Hour.

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario (September 12, 2003) -- Grand-Am Cup Series races at Mosport International Raceway has traditionally been a battle of the Canadians. This year's Sunoco Ultra 94 Mosport 3 Hour is shaping up to be no different, as local-favorite Devon Powell, of nearby Port Perry, Ontario, took the pole for Saturday's race. Powell turned a 101.203 mph lap in 1:27.472 to shatter his own Grand Sport I track record set in 2001 by 1.595 seconds.

"Things progress, I guess. We keep developing and getting better, and the cars are a little older now and a little more developed. It's good," said Powell. "We did actually test here this year, so that did help. We are a little bit behind this year (in the points), so we had to pull something out."

Powell started the Powell Motorsports No. 11 Corvette on the pole at the 2001 Mosport Grand-Am Cup race, which he and co-driver Doug Goad went on to win. Last year, Powell started the Sunoco Corvette from the outside pole position while another local team, Doncaster Racing, earned the top spot on the starting grid. However, the Powell Motorsports team still celebrated the hometown win in victory lane at the conclusion of the three-hour event.

The rivalry between the two local teams continues this season, as Toronto-native Robert Julien will start the points-leading Doncaster Racing No. 119 Porsche GT3 Cup from the outside pole position on Saturday after turning a 1:35.558 lap at 92.640 mph.

"I think we'll continue to push each other and probably make both teams stronger as a whole. It will be a great run and a fantastic race. There are a bunch of teams behind us that can be up there. It will be exciting," remarked Powell.

Although Stu Haynor turned the fastest time during Grand Sport II qualifying in the Unitech Racing No. 33 Nissan 350Z, his time was disallowed due to weight following technical inspection, and the car will start the back of the grid.

Jep Thornton will start at the front of the GS II class on Saturday. He clocked a 1:32.887 lap at 95.303 mph in the Automatic Racing No. 09 BMW M3, setting a new track record for the class. Thornton's time tops Johnny Rutherford IV's record set in 2001 by 0.774 seconds.

Forest Barber, who is in the hunt for the GS II driver points championship, will start the Bell Motorsports No. 54 BMW M3 in the second position.

Team Lexus swept the top-two spots in the Sport Touring I class. Chuck Goldsborough piloted the No. 2 Lexus IS300 to a 1:34.861 lap at 93.320 mph, besting the previous class record set by Terry Borcheller at the wheel of a Lexus in 2001 by 1.017 seconds.

"I've been waiting for several years to break Terry's track record," said Goldsborough. "I give a lot of credit to Andy Lally, because we freight trained the whole three laps we were out there. He cut the hole, and I took advantage of the hole. That's the only reason I got it."

Lally posted the second-quickest time in the ST I class, with a 1:35.199 lap in the No. 0 Lexus IS300.

Bob Beede's quest to strengthen his one-point lead in the Sport Touring II standings this weekend got off to a good start when he clocked the fastest time in the class during qualifying. Beede put together a 1:40.174 lap at 88.370 mph in the Bill Fenton Motorsports No. 27 Acura Integra LS.

The team's other entry, the No. 29 Acura Integra, will start second in the ST II class with team owner Bill Fenton at the wheel. Although the Nuzzo Motorsports No. 98 Mazda Miata qualifying third in the class, its lap time was disallowed following technical inspection due to weight.

Surprisingly absent from ST II qualifying was the HRPworld.com entries, whose drivers Will Nonnamaker and Howie Liebengood are Beede's primary competition in the point standings. The team reports it is having transmission trouble and decided to forgo qualifying.

The green flag will fall to start the Sunoco Ultra 94 Mosport 3 Hour at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are available at the gate for $10.

Zippo Live Timing & Scoring will be available free of charge throughout the race on the official Grand American Road Racing Association website - www.grandamerican.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bob Beede , Will Nonnamaker , Devon Powell , Doug Goad , Andy Lally , Terry Borcheller , Robert Julien , Forest Barber , Jep Thornton , Howie Liebengood , Bill Fenton , Port Perry
Teams Automatic Racing