Lacy and Prendeville Split Poles at Mosport
BOWMANVILLE, ONT., CAN. (May 21 2004) - Ian Lacy, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Andrew Prendeville, of Monroeville, Pa., captured the pole positions for Round Seven and Eight of the Formula Ford Zetec Championship, part of the Cooper Tires Championship Series, at Mosport International Raceway.
Completing the top-three for Round Seven is Prendeville and Wade Cunningham, of Auckland, New Zealand. Completing the top-three for Round Eight is Lacy and Jason Bowles, of Ontario, Calif.
Under cloudy skies, qualifying for race one of the Victoria Day doubleheader got underway early in the morning. Attacking the course, several drivers began posting fastest laps almost immediately. Five minutes into the 35-minute session, qualifying was halted when Cunningham, in the No. 2 RCC/WPL/Placemaker's Mt. Wellington/Turbo Traders Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, made heavy contact with the tire wall in turn three. Following examination by medical personnel, Cunningham was transported to the local hospital with a concussion. When qualifying resumed, Lacy, in the No. 44 JDC Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, quickly set about lowering his fast time, maintaining his provisional pole position. Running in second position, Prendeville, in the No. 25 Racelink/Roos Racing School Andersen Walko Van Diemen Ford, appeared to be in position to challenge for the top spot. Pushing his car to the limit, Prendeville went off-course in the closing stages of qualifying, securing the pole position for Lacy. The pole position is the second of his career and first since 2000, also at Mosport.
Following the lunch break and the Formula SCCA race, the Zetec Championship cars took to the track for the second qualifying session. Setting the starting order for Round Eight on Sunday, the drivers once again immediately attacked the 2.459-mile road course. With track conditions having changed greatly from the morning session, several drivers struggled to find grip. Having pitted in the opening laps to make changes, both Prendeville and Lacy posted their fastest laps early in the session. While the top-two times did not come under direct attack, third through fifth place changed repeatedly. Making one final attempt to post a fast lap late in the session, Bowles, in the No. 7 Sparco/Services Software JDC Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, moved into third position. At the conclusion of the session, Prendeville had captured his second career pole position by three tenths of a second.
"I just love this place," said Lacy, who won from the pole position at Mosport in 2000. "I noticed a lot more grip from last time I was here. In second qualifying the track was completely different, so we had to make some changes in the session. We'll continue to work on the setup and plan for a great race tomorrow."
"The plan was to try and get a good lap early on," said Prendeville, who has four podium finishes in 2004, including a win at Sebring. "After I posted that quick lap I came in to save my tires. Late in the session I went back out, but after I went off-course I knew no more time was to be had."
"I'm getting quicker every time out there," said Bowles, who along with Lacy has won for JDC Motorsports this year. "After the first session I talked with Ian [Lacy] and we did a lot of changes to the car, which helped."
Completing the top-five in qualifying for Round Seven and Eight is Bobby Wilson, of Dousman, Wisc., in the No. 3 Citrus Systems Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford and Adam Pecorari, of Aston, Pa., in the No. 28 SAI Hydraulics Andersen Walko Racing Van Diemen Ford. The green flag for Round Seven of the Formula Ford Zetec Championship is scheduled for 2:20 p.m., Saturday, May 22, 2004.