Road America: Qualifying notes

Adrian Carrio shatters track record in qualifying at Road America August 19, 2006. Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. After several drivers lapped under the existing track record in Friday practice, championship points leader Adrian Carrio shattered the...

Adrian Carrio shatters track record in qualifying at Road America

August 19, 2006. Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. After several drivers lapped under the existing track record in Friday practice, championship points leader Adrian Carrio shattered the record in qualifying this morning to capture the pole position for Round Nine of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear at Road America. Driving the #14 World Speed Motorsports Rockford Fosgate Mazda, the seventeen-year old Carrio clocked a time of 2:03.849 (117.666 MPH) as the checkered flag fell to officially break the previous record of 2:04.621 set in 2004 by Daniel DiLeo.

"My crew stayed here until midnight last night working on the car and my engineer Mike Doyle made a couple of adjustments, and all those minor changes that fine tune the car make a huge difference at a track like this, finding just a little bit of time in each corner adds up, " Carrio explained. "The lap came late in the session because the pressure was on and I was able to get good track position for that last lap where I had a nice gap. This is the second time I've pulled out a pole on the final lap of qualifying and it's kind of fun to shock everyone at the end of a session."

Pablo Donoso, from Santiago, Chile, making his return to the series this weekend as a substitute for injured driver Brad Jaeger, topped the charts for most of the session before falling to second as he lapped the 4.048-mile circuit in a time of 2:04.127 (117.402 MPH) in the #2 Andersen Racing Team Mazda. "Dan Andersen called me if I would want to fill in for Brad this weekend and I said yes for sure," Donoso, who is currently competing in the USAC Silver Crown Series, commented. "I'm pretty happy here because the car is really consistent and I've been fast right from the start. It hasn't been difficult to adjust to this car, if you drive stock car or formula car it's the same, you have to go flat out so I just pushed the throttle and it was okay."

After setting an unofficial track record in practice yesterday Ron White came back this morning to improve on his time, lapping the track in 2:04.322 (117.218 MPH) in the #69 Ross Smith Racing Maxwell Paper Products Mazda, good for third on the grid as he makes his race debut for newly formed Ross Smith Racing. "We went out there early and did some testing and then put on some new tires for the end of the session but Adrian and Pablo put in some good laps," the Santa Clara, California resident said. "We'll be good for the race because the car is really fast and consistent. It's a forty-five minute race, everyone at Ross Smith Racing is working hard and I really want to win. I'm still getting used to having other people work on the car and run the team but I've been running faster than I have been all year and I'm really looking forward to the race."

All told, the top five drivers lapped under DiLeo's track record with Crown Point, Indiana native Logan Gomez, pilot of the #23 Velocity Motorsports The INDYana Kid Mazda, setting the fourth fastest time at 2:04.522 (117.030 MPH), and Ryan Justice, clocking the fifth fastest time at 2:04.595 (116.961 MPH) in the #38 Northwest Autosport J&M Body Shops Mazda during this morning's forty minute session.

Thirty-seven drivers posted times in the session, with Phil Saville and Gerry Kraut both failing to register times during qualifying, which was run under partly cloudy skies and moderate temperatures.

Round Nine of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear is scheduled to get underway at 1:05 PM Central Daylight Time.

-credit: star mazda

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Series Pro Mazda
Drivers Ryan Justice , Brad Jaeger , Pablo Donoso , Ross Smith , Adrian Carrio , Ron White , Logan Gomez , Phil Saville , Daniel DiLeo , Gerry Kraut