Watkins Glen II: Lexus qualifying report

WILKINS CAREER-BEST LEADS LEXUS IN QUALIFYING AT THE GLEN WATKINS GLEN, NY (Aug 9, 2007) -- Mark Wilkins earned a career-best fourth to lead Lexus in qualifying for Friday's Crown Royal 200 Rolex Sports Car Series event at Watkins Glen ...

WILKINS CAREER-BEST LEADS LEXUS IN QUALIFYING AT THE GLEN

WATKINS GLEN, NY (Aug 9, 2007) -- Mark Wilkins earned a career-best fourth to lead Lexus in qualifying for Friday's Crown Royal 200 Rolex Sports Car Series event at Watkins Glen International.

The fourth-place showing marked the second consecutive career-best in qualifying for Wilkins after he registered a fifth at Montreal last week in his AIM Autosport #61 Exchange Traded Gold Lexus-Riley. The first-year AIM team has now qualified no worse than ninth in each of the last seven races. Wilkins will co-drive with teammate Burt Frisselle on Friday.

Joining Wilkins in the top-10 were John Pew, who was ninth in the #6 Centurion Lexus/Riley for Michael Shank Racing, and Rob Finlay, in the #19 Z-Line Designs/Mission Residential/Make-A-Wish Lexus/Riley for Chip Ganassi Racing, in tenth. Pew will team with Ian James, while Finlay co-drives with Michael Valiante.J

Mark Patterson (co-driver Oswaldo Negri) was just outside of the top-10 in 11th in the distinctive orange-and-black #60 Michael Shank Racing Lexus-Riley. He was followed by Memo Rojas (co-driver Scott Pruett) in 14th in the #01 Telmex Lexus/Riley for Chip Ganassi Racing and Randy Ruhlman, who posted the 19th-fastest time in Southard Motorsports' #3 PLP Lexus-Riley entry he shares with Randy Lewis.J

Pruett enters tomorrow's race leading the Driver's Championship with a two-point advantage over Max Angelelli, while Ganassi continues to hold a similar advantage in the Team Championship.

-credit: lexus

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Scott Pruett , Michael Valiante , Ian James , Max Angelelli , Memo Rojas , Burt Frisselle , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Chip Ganassi , Mark Wilkins , John Pew , Mark Patterson , Rob Finlay , Michael Shank
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing , Michael Shank Racing