B-Dodge-Final Qualifying,-Minneapolis, Minn.
Jarle Gasland Takes Pole From Derek Hill MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (July 5, from Rick Roso) - Jarle Gasland surprised everyone--including himself--when with less than three minutes to go in final qualifying for the Barber Dodge Pro Series race at the Sprint PCS Grand Prix of Minnesota he turned a lap of 1:17.633 (74.195 mph) to earn the pole for Sunday s 30-minute race. Derek Hill, the provisional polesitter, could not improve on his time from yesterday and will start second while points leader Rino Mastronardi went quicker than he had Friday and will start third. I knew I was better than yesterday (when Gasland was sixth fastest), but I didn’t know it was pole, the 21-year-old Norwegian said. I need the winning prize money to make it to next race, but I don t want to think of that--just to win. Hill: After a few laps, I knew I had a good race car, you know, for the race. I pushed later on, and I knew with the clouds that someone could go quicker, but I was hoping my time would hold up. I just want to get throught the chicane cleanly at the start and race from there. Mastronardi: Rain tomorrow? No? Oh, well. It is hard to pass here yes, but we will se what happens. Gasland has been quick in qualifying this year but he’s failed to bring the car home until recently. His first points-paying result, a sixth, wasn’t until Mid-Ohio, round 5; last week at Watkins Glen he scored another sixth. Gasland s front row start at Savannah was wasted when he and Andy Boss crashed together big while dicing for third. The 240 h.p. Barber Dodges get around this better-than-average street course very well: Gasland s time would put him fourth on the Trans-Am grid, about a second behind polesitter Tommy Kendall.
Starting grid following final qualifying for SCCA Pro Racing Barber Dodge Pro Series race at the Sprint PCS Grand Prix of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn. Qualifying position, driver, hometown or country, lap time and average miles per hour around 1.552-mile, 13-turn temporary street course. All cars identical Mondiale Barber Dodge V6 open-wheel, single-seat race cars.
1. Jarle Gasland, Norway, 1:17.633, 74.195 mph (record) 2. Derek Hill, Santa Monica, Calif., 1:17.745, 74.088 3. Rino Mastronardi, Italy, 1:18.012, 73.835 4. Chris Menninga, Pella, Iowa, 1:18.187, 73.670 5. Victor Gonzalez, Hatoray, Puerto Rico, 1:18.214, 73.644 6. Nick Rondet, San Diego, 1:18.244, 73.616 7. Martin Stenshorne, Norway, 1:18.261, 73.600 8. Andy Boss, Narragansett, R.I., 1:18.531, 73.347 9. John McCaig, Canada, 1:18.577, 73.304 10. Jarrett Boon, Phoenix, 1:18.618, 73.266 11. Tony Renna, Deland, Fla., 1:18.659, 73.227 12. Rocky Moran, Jr., Coto de Caza, Calif., 1:18.674, 73.214 13. Will Langhorne, Washington, D.C., 1:18.697, 73.192 14. Giovanni Gulinelli, Italy, 1:18.802, 73.095 15. Eric Tresslar, Denver, 1:19.131, 72.791 16. Charles Willis, Germantown, Tenn., 1:19.273, 72.660 17. Samer Hindi, Los Angeles, 1:19.300, 72.636 18. Alfonso Ribeiro, Hollywood, Calif., 1:19.369, 72.572 19. Bill Tichenor, Dallas, 1:19.653, 72.314 20. G. J. Mennen, Jr., Austin, Texas, 1:19.764, 72.213 21. Matt Robinson, Grove City, Ohio, 1:19.787, 72.192 22. Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Valencia, Calif., 1:20.059, 71.947 23. William Peetz, Brazil, 1:20.644, 71.425 24. Denis Lay, Miami, 1:20.981, 71.128 25. Charlie Schaitberger, Minneapolis, 1:21.635, 70.558 26. Patsy DiFilippo, Apollo, Pa., 1:22.244, 70.036 $$$