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Washington DC: Touring qualifying report

Rookie Kirberg takes SPEED Touring Car Woody's Ice pole at Washington. WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 20, 2002) -- Rookie Marc Kirberg, of Corte Madera, Calif., captured his first-career SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Woody's Ice Pole...

Rookie Kirberg takes SPEED Touring Car Woody's Ice pole at Washington.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 20, 2002) -- Rookie Marc Kirberg, of Corte Madera, Calif., captured his first-career SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Woody's Ice Pole Position today at the Cadillac Grand Prix of Washington, D.C. Kirberg will lead the 44-car field at the standing start Sunday afternoon. Mike Fitzgerald, of Phoenix, Ariz., will start alongside.

Driving the No. 37 SSF Imported Auto Parts BMW 325is, Kirberg set a fastest lap of 1:26.002 (69.528 mph) on his third flying lap. After that lap, the rookie pulled into the pits, got out, and waited for the 20-minute session to end.

"After that lap, I knew my tires were going to fall off a little bit, so I figured I should just save them for the race," said Kirberg, whose previous best qualifying effort was fifth at Sebring. "Being a rookie in this series, I've never been to any of these tracks. A new circuit like this allows me to play on a level field with everyone else."

Fitzgerald, who had been fastest in practice, was able to put together a flier on the same lap as Kirberg, but came up 0.026-second short in the No. 81 Team FBR/Trans Sport Lexus IS 300. Fitzgerald's teammate, rookie Tim Pappas, of Boston, qualified a career-best third.

Peter Cunningham, of W. Bend, Wis., was fourth, followed by Will Turner, of Newburyport, Mass. Point leader Pierre Kleinubing will line up eighth.

Round Six of the SPEED Touring Car Championship will begin its 50-minute contest Sunday at 3:20 p.m. (EDT).

-scca pro racing-

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Drivers Pierre Kleinubing , Tim Pappas , Peter Cunningham