Ryan Justice Captures Pole Position for Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres August 5, 2006. Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada. Driving his ...
Ryan Justice Captures Pole Position for Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres
August 5, 2006. Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada. Driving his #38 Northwest Autosport Mazda under sunny skies and perfect temperatures, Ryan Justice, of Portland, Oregon, clocked a time of 1:02.106 (86.948 MPH) in the final seconds of qualifying to capture the pole position for the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres and Round Eight of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear. Matt Varsha, driving the #45 Racers Edge Motorsports Mazda, will line up second on the grid with a time of 1:02.216 (86.794 MPH), while Logan Gomez, in the #23 Velocity Motorsports Mazda will line up third on the grid with a time of 1:02.266 (86.725 MPH).
"For me qualifying has always a bit more of a struggle than coming up with a quick race pace so to be under the pressure that you only have one lap left in the session and to go and hit every corner perfect and get the pole ont he last lap is a fantastic feeling," justice explained. "It took some time to come up to speed early in the session and I was sitting in second place when my engineer Peter came on the radio and told me I had one lap left and it was now or never so to deliver the team my third pole of the season is outstanding."
Justice's flying lap edged out Varsha, who had been sitting in the top spot for the waning moments of the session until contact with the wall at the exit of turn three damaged his rear wing and brought his session to an end. "I tapped the wall coming through the arch after heating up the rear tires a little too much during the session so I lost a couple of laps," the Atlanta, Georgia native explained. "We had the pole for a while and it would've been nice to hold onto it but sometimes these things happen and we'll go after the victory in the race."
Coming through with his best qualifying run of the season, Gomez, from Crown Point, Indiana, was pleased to be starting towards the front of the grid on the challenging 1.506-mile Trois-Rivieres circuit. "I have to start by thanking Velocity Motorsports and Stand-21 for all their help during the weekend, they gave me great car here today," he explained. "The session was green throughout so everybody was able to put up some fast laps which was really nice. It has been fun racing in front of all the fans out here this weekend, they're really passionate about their motorsports and it makes it even more fun to go out and run fast."
Championship points leader Adrian Carrio, driving the #14 Rockford Fosgate World Speed Motorsports Mazda, will line up outside of Gomez on the second row after qualifying fourth in the sole qualifying session of the weekend with a time of 1:02.388 (86.555 MPH).
The top ten qualifiers all posted times faster than the previous track record of 1:02.883 set in 2005 by former series champion Luis Schiavo during a demonstration race.
Round Eight of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear is scheduled for thirty-eight laps with the field of thirty-one drivers rolling of the grid at 1:40 PM Eastern Daylight Time