Lally Qualifies 11th, Dayton 14th

For Sunday's F2000 Race at PPIR

FOUNTAIN, Colo., Sept. 26 - The Highcroft Racing team will start 11th and 14th in Sunday's U.S. Formula 2000 race at Pikes Peak International Raceway by virtue of their qualifying runs Saturday in a brisk early-morning session. Both of their times were better than the existing track record set Friday.

Highcroft's Andy Lally of Northport, N.Y., held the fastest time in the qualifying session for awhile, but the competition is so tight that he ended up 11th with a lap at 87.288 mph with his Red Line Oil Bowman BC5S. Highcroft Racing head Duncan Dayton of North Salem, N.Y., was 14th with his Bowman BC5S, as his best lap was at an average speed of 87.067 mph. A total of 34 cars are entered.

Series champion David Besnard won the pole with an average speed of 88.008 mph. Robby McGehee was second and Aaron Justus was third.

"We're making progress," Dayton said. "The gears were perfect for both of us this time. I didn't have much brake pedal; once we fix that and make a couple other adjustments, we should go even better."

Now the team's attention immediately switches into "race mode," as the first of two 36-lap F2000 races is set to get the green flag at 12:45 p.m. today. Sunday's race, the season finale, is slated for 10:15 a.m.