NA-F2000: Sears Point round 7 qualifying notes

Hildebrand Takes First-Ever Professional Pole for Pacific F2000 Race at Infineon Raceway Sonoma, Calif. (July 15, 2005) -- J.R. Hildbrand, from Sausalito, Calif., will start from the coveted pole position, heading a strong 32-car field for this...

Hildebrand Takes First-Ever Professional Pole for Pacific F2000 Race at Infineon Raceway

Sonoma, Calif. (July 15, 2005) -- J.R. Hildbrand, from Sausalito, Calif., will start from the coveted pole position, heading a strong 32-car field for this afternoon's seventh round of the Pacific F2000 Championship Presented by Mickey Thompson Tires/Cooper Tire race at Infineon Raceway.

The 17-year-old high school student has finished each of the first six races this season on the podium with the #66 Jim Russell Racing School/Spy Optic Mygale SJ04, entered by Fresno-based PR1 Motorsports, and has high hopes of translating his first-ever professional pole into his first pro victory in this afternoon's 30-minute contest, which will begin at 4:30 p.m. local time.

"The car was very good and I felt very comfortable," said young Hildebrand, who won the SCCA Formula Russell Championship, based at Infineon Raceway, last year. "I think we should be in good shape for the race."

Fellow teenager and series rookie Robert Podlesni, from Thousand Oaks, Calif., posted by far his best qualifying performance to date in the #84 Dave Freitas Racing Van Diemen RF03), taking a solid second on the grid ahead of series points leader Mike Forest, from Edmonton, Canada, in the #8 Dynacor/Miracle Sealants/Earth Water Mygale SJ04.

Series debutant Dane Cameron, from Sonoma, Calif. -- the youngest driver in the field at just 16 -- was fourth quickest in qualifying in yet another PR1 Motorsports Mygale, backed by Rick Waddell's Drive4USA program.

Series veteran John Lombardo Jr. , from Brea, Calif., set the fifth fastest time in P-1 Racing's #30 NAPA Auto Parts/Valvoline/Denso Van Diemen RF02, followed by another season debutant, Joel Miller, 17, from Hesperia, Calif., in the #96 Burns Truck & Trailer/Comar Performance Van Diemen RF02.

Qualifying for Round 8 will take place tomorrow (Saturday), and the second race of the weekend will be green-flagged immediately following the Infineon Technologies Grand Prix of Sonoma American Le Mans Series event at 4:55 p.m. on Sunday.

Qualifying times for Round 7:

1. J.R. Hildebrand (Mygale SJ04), 1:35.116; 2. Robert Podlesni (Van Diemen RF03), 1:35.456; 3. Mike Forest (Mygale SJ04), 1:35.814; 4. Dane Cameron (Mygale SJ04), 1:35.849; 5. John Lombardo Jr. (Van Diemen RF02), 1:36.088; 6. Joel Miller (Van Diemen RF02), 1:35.454; 7. Tim Harris (Mygale SJ05), 1:35.472; 8. Clark Cambern (Mygale SJ05), 1:36.629; 9. Scott Rarick (Van Diemen RF03), 1:36.865; 10. Chris Hundley (Van Diemen RF05), 1:36.998; 11. Todd MacNaughton (Van Diemen RF02), 1:37.207; 12. Al Salvo (Mygale SJ04), 1:37.259; 13. Carl Scott (Van Diemen RF96-Ivey/Pinto), 1:37.279; 14. Peter Hastrup (Van Diemen RF02), 1:37.411; 15. Les Phillips (Mygale SJ05), 1:37.642; 16. Bob Negron (Van Diemen RF99), 1:37.655; 17. Fiorenzo Tirinnanzi (Van Diemen RF03), 1:37.880; 18. Mark Peller (Van Diemen RF01), 1:38.785; 20. Chris Spreitzer (Van Diemen RF94-Loyning/Pinto), 1:39.274; 21. Scott Foutch (Van Diemen RF03), 1:39.289; 22. Efrain Olivares Jr. (Van Diemen RF97-Ivey/Pinto), 1:40.364; 23. Dwight Rider (Van Diemen RF02), 1:41.018; 24. Bill Modisette (Van Diemen RF05), 1:41.423; 25. John Gluckin (Van Diemen RF01), 1:41.473; 26. Thomas Browne (Van Diemen/Pinto), 1:44.750; 27. Tom Modisette (Van Diemen RF96-Ivey/Pinto), 1:45.336; 28. Steven M. Kries (Van Diemen RF01), 1:46.929; 29. Thomas Copeland (Van Diemen), no time; 30. Paul Marciano Jr. (Van Diemen RF03), no time; 31. Gary LaHaie (Van Diemen RF03), no time; 32. Shaun Modisette (Van Diemen RF03), no time.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Al Salvo , Dane Cameron , Thomas Brown , J.R. Hildebrand , Joel Miller , Mike Forest