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Road America: GT qualifying report

Galati takes SPEED GT Woody's Ice Pole at Road America in abbreviated session. ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (July 6, 2002) -- Michael Galati, of N. Olmstead, Ohio, captured his fourth Woody's Ice Pole Position in five 2002 races, and will lead the SCCA...

Galati takes SPEED GT Woody's Ice Pole at Road America in abbreviated session.

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (July 6, 2002) -- Michael Galati, of N. Olmstead, Ohio, captured his fourth Woody's Ice Pole Position in five 2002 races, and will lead the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT field at the green light for this afternoon's event, part of the Road America 500 Weekend Presented by the Chicago Tribune. Johannes van Overbeek, of Danville, Calif., will start second, and Justin Marks, who will not make this afternoon's race due to a big accident that abbreviated the session, was third.

Driving the No. 1 Champion Racing Audi S4 Competition, Galati turned a lap of 2:23.871 (101.290 mph) early in the session while chasing the Porsches of Marks and van Overbeek. At the 12-minute mark of the 20-minute session, Marks lost control of his No. 80 Flextronics/Brocade/Shoreline entry in the infamous Kink, spun backwards down the track and heavily into the right side wall. Marks was uninjured in the incident, but the debris was substantial enough to bring the checkered flag out early.

The pole was Galati's 19th in his career, and extended his point lead to 12 over Peter Cunningham.

"I had to be right behind the [Marks and van Overbeek] Porsches to have a chance, so I went out there on the first lap and just went for it," said Galati. "I've been racing here 12 or 14 years, and I know when I see waving yellow [flags] going into the kink that it's a big wreck. When I went by, I was concerned about Justin, but saw him standing by the fence and was relieved.

"I wanted to get back out and help my teammates [Derek Bell and Joel Nelson] draft, but it just wasn't going to happen."

Cunningham, of W. Bend, Wis., was fourth in his Acura NSX SC, and Jeff McMillin, of Erie, Pa., was fifth in his BMW M3.

Today's race begins at 1:40 p.m. (CDT), and will be broadcast July 27th at 9:00 p.m. (EDT).

-scca pro racing-

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Series PWC
Drivers Michael Galati , Derek Bell , Justin Marks , Peter Cunningham , Jeff McMillin , Johannes van Overbeek
Teams HART