NA-F2000: Series Watkins Glen round seven qualifying notes

F2000: New Lap Record, Pole for Chris Miller and JDC Watkins Glen, NY -- Chris Miller took pole for this afternoon's F2000 race at Watkins Glen with a new track record of 1:53.229, a full seven tenths ahead of second place Remy ...

F2000: New Lap Record, Pole for Chris Miller and JDC

Watkins Glen, NY -- Chris Miller took pole for this afternoon's F2000 race at Watkins Glen with a new track record of 1:53.229, a full seven tenths ahead of second place Remy Audette. Miller, who has already won two races this year and sits second in the standings, also takes three championship bonus points with pole.

"The car was great and we were just going quicker and quick," said Miller after the session. "I think we are in good shape for the race judging by our qualifying pace."

Second place Remy Audette commented: "After this morning's session we changed just about everything on the car and it was much better, I have to thank my team for all the hard work, they did a great job."

Championship leader Matthew Inge was third for St. Clair Motorsports with Al Guibord, Jr., and 2006 champion Matthew McDonough in the only Piper chassis in the field rounding out the top five.

"The track has tons of grip," Guibord, Jr. commented. "It was hard to get a perfectly clean lap with tons of cars on the track this weekend but I am really looking forward to the race, we are starting on the right end of the field."

Matthew McDonough, who is back in a car for the first time since 2007, was quite happy with his top five qualifying effort. McDonough, who was almost 50lbs overweight in post-qualifying tech inspection, said: "I'm still getting to know the Piper chassis and after this morning and the changes we made, I can drive it a bit better. We're going to make some more changes for the race and since we're starting near the front, hopefully I can do some damage and move up."

Benjamin Searcy brought out a lengthy black flag when he made contact with the front-straight wall. The Z-Sports team is hoping to have the car ready for this afternoon's race.

Phil Lombardi, Chris Gumprecht, in the best qualifying performance of his career, Jonathan Scarallo, Craig Clawson and Fabio Orsolon rounded out the top ten.

"Come race time all bets are off," Lombardi said. "But the car is very good and I think we could have been well in the top five, but we'll take this and see what we can make of it."

Craig Clawson was the fastest of the Masters Class drivers, qualifying ninth at his home track.

This afternoon's race, round seven of the 2009 championship, is due to get underway this afternoon at 2:45.

-credit: www.F2000ChampionshipSeries.com

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Jonathan Scarallo , Benjamin Searcy , Remy Audette , Matthew Inge , Chris Gumprecht , Fabio Orsolon , Craig Clawson , Chris Miller