Watkins Glen II: Playboy Racing/Finlay qualifying report

NO. 19 PLAYBOY/UNIDEN PALMS DAYTONA PROTOTYPE QUALIFYS 6th FOR TOMORROW'S RUNNING OF THE CROWN ROYAL 200 WATKINS GLEN, NY (August 10, 2006) - Qualifying for tomorrow's running of the Crown Royal 200 at the Glen took place earlier today. The No.

NO. 19 PLAYBOY/UNIDEN PALMS DAYTONA PROTOTYPE QUALIFYS 6th FOR TOMORROW'S RUNNING OF THE CROWN ROYAL 200

WATKINS GLEN, NY (August 10, 2006) - Qualifying for tomorrow's running of the Crown Royal 200 at the Glen took place earlier today. The No. 19 Playboy/Uniden/Palms machine driven by Memo Gidley and Michael McDowell posted the sixth quickest time during qualifying and will start from row three. The team unloaded off the truck and practiced consistently in the top-ten during all three scheduled practice sessions.

Memo Gidley and Michael McDowell split the practices but when it came time for qualifying the young talented McDowell was given the job. With only 15 minutes to work with, McDowell powered down his Ford engine and immediately jumped into the third position. As the second group prepared to take to the 3.4 - mile road course at Watkins Glen International Raceway, McDowell and Gidley sat back and watched wondering where they would end up.

At the drop of the checkered flag, signaling the end of the qualifying session, the Finlay Motorsports team found themselves well within the top-10 (6th). With eleven races in the record book, Gidey and McDowell will attempt to pick up their first victory of the season tomorrow night when the green flag drops. With an impressive nine top-10 finishes to date the team is well overdo and ready for the competition. Green flag action can be seen on the Speed Channel at 9:00 p.m. ET.

Memo Gidley: "We were pretty happy with the car when we unloaded today but the tracks built up a lot of grip so we've got a little work to do before tomorrow nights race. We didn't quite qualify where we hoped to be but we're confident that we'll be able to get the Playboy/Uniden back up to speed tonight."

Michael McDowell: "The car isn't quite where it needs to be but we'll get there. I really enjoy these events where we practice and qualify in the same day, it keeps things interesting and there's never a dull moment. As for the race, we've got a good consistent car and if all goes well we should be able pull off a podium."

-credit: finlay motorsports

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Memo Gidley , Michael McDowell