SCC: Watkins Glen qualifying report

By Russell Jaslow - Motorsport.com Sylvain Tremblay placed the Speedsource Porsche 911 Supercup team car on the overall pole for Sunday's Grand-Am Cup 3-hour endurance event at Watkins Glen International. Tremblay didn't waste any time turning...

By Russell Jaslow - Motorsport.com

Sylvain Tremblay placed the Speedsource Porsche 911 Supercup team car on the overall pole for Sunday's Grand-Am Cup 3-hour endurance event at Watkins Glen International.

Tremblay didn't waste any time turning in his fast lap in his Super Grand Sports classed entry of 2:03.383 for an average speed of 99.203 mph which came on his second trip around the 3.4-mile circuit.

"We knew we had to do it early," explained Tremblay. "The Hoosier tires are real sticky, and they like for it to happen on lap two or three."

Co-driving with Tremblay will be Selby Wellman and David Haskell. Speedsource has entered four cars in tomorrow's race in three different classes.

Sitting alongside the Speedsource pole car is another SGS car, a Corvette entered by Phoenix American Motorsport. John Heinricy turned in a quick time of 2:03.789 on his very first full lap. He will be joined by Stu Hayner and Joe Aquilante.

SGS cars occupied the top seven spots on the grid. In 8th spot is the top Grand Sports entry, another Phoenix American Motorsport car, a Pontiac Firebird. Hayner turned in a time of 2:10.680.

Hayner was pleased with his effort.  "It was the first time I had the
chance to drive that car all weekend," Hayner said.  "I was in the Corvette
earlier."  However, he did have a concern, "When you push it 100% it's a
fabulous car.  I'm just not sure how long we can make it last at those
speeds.  We'll see what happens during the race."

The top Sports Touring car will start 25th overall. Jeff Altenburg got a time of 2:14.847 in the Team Spartanburg Racing BMW Z3 Coupe.

The top Compact 2000 classed car is the Honda Civic Si from the Honda of America Racing Team. Veteran Pete Halsmer drove it to a time of 2:17.234, and will start 39th overall.

Sixty-nine cars are slated to take the green flag for round 4 of the Grand-Am Cup scheduled to start the Sunday race at 2:OO P.M. Eastern time.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers John Heinricy , Pete Halsmer , David Haskell , Sylvain Tremblay , Jeff Altenburg , Joe Aquilante , Selby Wellman