SBRS: West Michigan qualifying report

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (July 25)- Victor Gonzalez Jr. earned his first Barber Dodge Pro Series pole position in qualifying Saturday at the West Michigan Grand Prix. Gonzalez toured the 13-turn, 1.58-mile Scott Brayton Memorial Street Circuit in...

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (July 25)- Victor Gonzalez Jr. earned his first Barber Dodge Pro Series pole position in qualifying Saturday at the West Michigan Grand Prix.

Gonzalez toured the 13-turn, 1.58-mile Scott Brayton Memorial Street Circuit in 1 minute, 14.999 seconds for an average speed of 75.841 mph during the first of two qualifying sessions.

"It's an honor to start in front with so many good drivers in this series," Gonzalez said. "We really have to fight in qualifying because the competition is so tight and everyone is so good."

Gonzalez's time was nearly a second and a half faster than the best lap from Friday's Pro Series practice session which was turned in by Will Langhorne. Langhorne was third quickest Saturday (1:15.075, 75.764 mph) behind Gonzalez and Nicolas Rondet (1:15.048, 75.791), who qualified second for the second consecutive race. In all 15 drivers were quicker than the standard set by Langhorne on Friday.

The top three drivers in points - Thomas Schie, Todd Snyder and Jeff Simmons - will start together, but in the opposite order from their places in the standings. Simmons is fifth on the grid, Snyder is sixth, and Schie is seventh.

The 40-minute Barber Dodge Pro Series race is Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

Starting order for Sunday's Barber Dodge Pro Series race at the West Michigan Grand Prix in Grand Rapids, Mich. Qualifying position, driver, hometown or country, lap time and average miles per hour around the 1.58-mile, 13-turn Scott Brayton Memorial Street Circuit. All cars are identical Reynard Dodge V-6, open-wheel, single-seat race cars on Michelin racing tires.

1 Victor Gonzalez, Jr., Puerto Rico, 1:14.999, 75.841 mph 2 Nicolas Rondet, France, 1:15.048, 75.791 3 Will Langhorne, Washington, D.C., 1:15.075, 75.764 4 Sepp Koster, The Netherlands, 1:15.211, 75.627 5 Jeff Simmons, E. Granby, Conn., 1:15.216, 75.622 6 Todd Snyder, Sheffield, Mass., 1:15.270, 75.568 7 Thomas Schie, Norway, 1:15.406, 75.432 8 Eric Tresslar, Denver, 1:15.450, 75.388 9 Giovanni Anapoli, Italy, 1:15.505, 75.333 10 Shane Donley, Las Vegas, 1:15.541, 75.297 11 Rocky Moran, Jr., Coto de Caza, Calif., 1:15.753, 75.087 12 Nilton Rossoni, Brazil, 1:15.761, 75.078 13 Alex Gurney, Newport Beach, Calif., 1:15.811, 75.029 14 Jon Fogarty, Portola Valley, Calif., 1:15.953, 74.888 15 John McCaig, Vancouver, Canada, 1:16.205, 74.641 16 Samer Hindi, Los Angeles, 1:16.418, 74.433 17 Jarrett Boon, Phoenix, 1:16.471, 74.381 18 Charles Willis, Germantown, Tenn., 1:16.563, 74.292 19 Peter Boss, Narragansett, R.I., 1:16.639, 74.218 20 Brian Pelke, Lansing, Ill., 1:16.883, 73.983 21 Tom Woods, Rancho Cordova, Calif., 1:16.919, 73.948 22 Jamie Menninga, Pella, Iowa, 1:17.110, 73.765 23 Gregg Borland, Elkhart Lake, Wis., 1:17.208, 73.671 24 Scott Mayer, Franklin, Wis., 1:18.913, 72.079

Sunday's race is at 11:30 a.m.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Alex Gurney , Peter Boss , Jon Fogarty , Victor Gonzalez Jr. , Nilton Rossoni , Sepp Koster , Will Langhorne , Scott Mayer , Tom Wood , Jeff Simmons , Todd Snyder , Rocky Moran , Jarrett Boon