NA-F2000: Indianapolis: Qualifying report

Sellers captures third consecutive pole at Indianapolis INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (May 25, 2002) --Bryan Sellers, of Centerville, Ohio, captured the pole for Round Five of the 2002 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Sellers captures third consecutive pole at Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (May 25, 2002) --Bryan Sellers, of Centerville, Ohio, captured the pole for Round Five of the 2002 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Completing the top-three was Tom Dyer, of San Rafael, Calif. and Sean McIntosh, of Coquitlam, B.C., Can.

Under cloudy, but warm conditions, qualifying for the 50-lap race at IRP was run in the early afternoon. Unlike years past, the 30-minute qualifying session was an open session and not a single-car session. Early in the session, teams worked on getting tires up to temperature and finding open space in traffic to post a quick lap. As the session progressed, times began steadily drop and Sellers, in the No. 3 Yes Network/3 Dimensional Services/Arai Helmets/Sparco/Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, moved to the top of the charts. After stopping briefly in the early part of the session, for some minor changes, Dyer quickly began moving up the time sheets. At the midway point of the session, Dyer, in the No. 33 Cycle Shack/Menards/Cowboy Charcoal/The Original Grill Pad/Flamingo Resorts Van Diemen Ford, had moved into second place. At the same time that Dyer was moving up the starting order, McIntosh, in the No. 24 Kirmac Carstar/PPG/Lordco Auto Van Diemen Ford, posted a fast lap to move into third place. With five minutes remaining in the session and several cars looking poised to post a quick lap, Allen May made heavy contact with the wall exiting turn two. The incident ended the session, giving Sellers his fourth pole position in five races in 2002, with a time of 0:21.134 (116.85 mph).

"The team gave me a great car again," said Sellers, who currently leads the Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship. "It was pretty hectic out there, so I was just trying to find a hole in the traffic. Starting up front is always important, but I know the race will be a real fight."

"It's real nice to start up front," said Dyer, who is making his second career start at IRP. "The car is real good in both traffic and on my own, so I'm looking forward to the race."

"The car took a little time to come in," said McIntosh, who is making his oval debut. "It was hard to find a gap and get a good lap in and I didn't know where I was on the charts till the end of the session."

Completing the top-five for the race under the lights is JW Urlin, of London, Ont., Can., in the No 19 Budget Rental Car Mygale Ford and Tonis Kasemets, of Mundelein, Ill., in the No. 9 MK Industries/Flexovit/TMI/Redline Oil Van Diemen Ford.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Bryan Sellers , Sean McIntosh