Utah: Qualifying notes

Carrio captures pole position in closing seconds of qualifying at Miller Motorsports Park July 14, 2006. Tooele, Utah. Adrian Carrio, of Monument, Colorado, stunned the Star Mazda field with a last second dash to capture the pole position for ...

Carrio captures pole position in closing seconds of qualifying at Miller Motorsports Park

July 14, 2006. Tooele, Utah. Adrian Carrio, of Monument, Colorado, stunned the Star Mazda field with a last second dash to capture the pole position for Round Six of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear. Driving the #14 Worldspeed Motorsports Rockford Fosgate Mazda, Carrio lapped the 4.486-mile Miller Motorsports Park circuit in a time of 2:36.171 (103.732 MPH) to earn his second pole of the season. Michael Potekhen, who topped the time sheets in the three practice sessions, will line up second on the grid after setting a fast time of 2:36.286 (103.656 MPH).

"The last four minutes of the session I was able to get a pretty decent gap in the traffic and knew I just had to go for it and it came to me. I can't fully explain what happened as I was just driving the car and not really trying to go fast so I was surprised when they told me it was as fast as it was," the seventeen-year old Carrio explained. "I have to thank the team as they did a fantastic job and now hopefully we can go out and put on a good race tomorrow."

After leading the field through the first three practice session, Potekhen, driving the #53 Apex Racing Avenue Communities Mazda, was shuffled down to second place by Carrio's last second heroics. "I'll have to admit I'm a little disappointed to be second after qualifying but we know we have a great car and we should be right there for the race," the Tempe, Arizona, resident commented. "Adrian dropped that lap on everyone at just the right moment and if there had been more time we probably could've gone out and tried to reclaim the position. It has been a fun time battling back and forth with Adrian this weekend and I think we'll be able to put on a good show."

Lining up third on the grid this weekend, his best starting position this season, will be series rookie Ron White in the #69 Ron White Racing Fulton Valley Farms Mazda, who clocked a time of 2:36.620 (103.435 MPH) and was seconds away from a front row starting position himself. "I'm pretty stoked with how we did this afternoon and we'll try to make up a little bit more in the race tomorrow," White, who missed the final practice session this morning, exclaimed. "The car had a lot of grip this session and we were just a touch off on the balance but we're right there."

Thirty-three drivers set times in this afternoon's forty-five minute session, held under clear skies and hundred degree temperatures at the new state of the art Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, as part of the American Le Mans Series inaugural Larry H Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix weekend festivities. Round Six is scheduled to get underway on Saturday, July 15, at 2:45 PM Mountain Daylight Time.

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Series Pro Mazda
Drivers Adrian Carrio , Ron White