Lally and Dayton Make Up Seventh Row For Sunday's F2000 Race at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ohio, June 13 - The seventh row for Sunday morning's U.S. Formula 2000 race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will all be Bowman BC5s, as Andy Lally of Northport, N.Y., will start 13th and Duncan Dayton of North Salem, N.Y., will start 14th in the 31-driver field.

David Besnard earned the pole for the 20-lap race around Mid-Ohio's 2.4-mile, 15-turn long course with a new track record of 100.11 mph.

The fast times were all set in the first round of qualifying on Friday around noon. It rained for Saturday morning's second round of quals at 8 a.m., although some drivers went out in that session anyway for more practice.

Lally was the fastest driver in practice on Friday morning, touring the circuit at an average speed of 98.497 mph during his last lap of that session.

Both of the Highcroft Racing drivers lost some laps during the first round of qualifying. Lally had to pit early in the session and Dayton lost some laps late in the session.

Lally's delay was caused when he lost some bodywork and had to return to the pits for repairs. Still, when he got back out he ran a circuit at an average speed of 98.658 mph in his Bowman BC5, which is sponsored by Red Line Oil and Maida.

Dayton's trouble came when he spun in turn one late in the qualifying session and was left stranded across the track. Several drivers barely missed him, but he emerged unscathed. Prior to that he had run a lap at 98.440 mph with his Bowman BC5, which carries the colors of Highcroft Racing and Bowman America.

The green flag for tomorrow's 48-mile race, part of the U.S. Road Racing Classic, is set to drop at 10:45 a.m.

The race is scheduled to be broadcast on Speedvision at 9 p.m. EDT on Monday, July 6.