SCC: VIR: Ken Wilden qualifying notes

Wilden Storms to Pole at Virginia International Raceway DANVILLE, VA- (October 3, 2009) -- No one could accuse Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge championship leader Ken Wilden of taking it easy as he chases the title, as he scored pole position...

Wilden Storms to Pole at Virginia International Raceway

DANVILLE, VA- (October 3, 2009) -- No one could accuse Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge championship leader Ken Wilden of taking it easy as he chases the title, as he scored pole position for Sunday's Bosch Engineering Octoberfest at Virginia International Raceway on Saturday.

Driving the No. 59 Rehaganracingproducts.com Ford Mustang FR500C, Wilden's quickest lap time of 2:02.611-seconds set him clearly atop the grid order as he looks to convert his 18-point advantage into another championship on Sunday.

"I couldn't ask for any better," said Wilden about the session. "We had some problems in the last practice. We got it back to the garage and got them all fixed. I didn't expect to see that time--I gave it my all. I didn't feel like I was risking the car, because that's not what we're here to do this weekend, but I wanted to give it a good effort. I think I was aggressive where I needed to be, and I was calmer in the tight stuff, and I think that paid off.

"I'm pleased for Rehagen and Ford -- it's great to give them the last pole of the year. Hopefully, it will be a nice place to start the race, so we can get off to a good start and stay away from all that stuff in the back and I can run a good race. Usually I drive last, so I don't get the opportunity, but I think I've gotten a few poles in the past when I've had the chance. I really like qualifying. When I was racing Atlantics, we only got to put in one lap so I really like the challenge.

There are multiple targets for the race tomorrow, with the driver's championship atop the list. But with four hours of racing to go, there is plenty to play for yet.

"We know what our job is tomorrow, and that is to finish. We'll just stay with the JBS guys and not let them get too far ahead of us. We're going to settle into a good pace and see where the car is after a couple of hours. If by chance we win the championship, we're going to go right for the win as fast as we can. We want to get Ford the manufacturer's championship wrapped up as well, so we just want to be smart about it."

-credit: sgm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ken Wilden