Cole Wins First Career Pole for Second Race of Ford Racing Mustang Challenge HOMESTEAD, Fla., 7 March -- Bouncing back from a disappointing result in race 1, Pratt Cole of Salt Lake City, Utah snatched his first career Ford Racing Mustang ...
Cole Wins First Career Pole for Second Race of Ford Racing Mustang Challenge
HOMESTEAD, Fla., 7 March -- Bouncing back from a disappointing result in race 1, Pratt Cole of Salt Lake City, Utah snatched his first career Ford Racing Mustang Challenge pole on Sunday, driving the No. 88 RP Motorsports Mustang FR500S.
On his only flying lap, Cole stopped the clock after 2.3 miles of the Homestead Miami Speedway in 1:29.435 seconds for an average speed of 88.958 MPH. Just twenty-five hundredths of a second behind is yesterday's pole-sitter and race-winner Jason von Kluge. Third quickest is Tony Buffomante, the runner-up in race 1.
"We spent the practice trying to figure things out. Our lap times in practice were a bit slow, but we learned what we needed to get one fast lap out of it. Now, we have to see what we can do to get a full race in with the necessary speed," said Cole. "I've started on the outside front before, but this is my first proper pole and I'm pretty happy about it."
The class of the field in yesterday's activity was certainly von Kluge of Ann Arbor, Michigan, who had topped the time sheets in every session. Today, he was just a bit off, which he owed to a small mistake somewhere on his flying lap.
"I'd rather be in the inside than the outside," said von Kluge driver of the No. 19 JVK Motorsports Mustang. "I must have made a mistake somewhere on the lap. For the race, I'll just have to be careful in turn 1 of the opening lap and then really start the race from there."
Saturday at Homestead Miami Speedway witnessed a bevy of GRAND-AM competition that featured nearly a 100 race cars and nearly 6 hours of race action, with various tire compounds in the mix. The result of all that rubber on the track and the warmer, and slightly more normal temperature for Florida at this time of year changed the handling for the BF Goodrich Tires-shod Mustangs.
Tony Buffomante made several changes to his No. 34 machine in anticipation of the different conditions.
"There was big change in the track condition from yesterday. We worked on making the car turn better today which is good, but it results in a challenge getting the power down. Racers aren't easily satisfied, but I think we'll find a good compromise for the race," said Buffomante of Naperville, Illinois who drives the No. 34 Capaldi Racing entry. "I'd rather be on the front row, but starting from the inside gives us an advantage that I didn't have yesterday being on the outside. If I can repeat my good starting form, and being on the inside we should be in good shape."
Third place finisher in race 1, Dan Aweida, will start from fourth on the grid followed by Steve Phillips on the inside of row three. Once again, only 1 second separated the Top-5.
Position six will be taken up by Roberto Bengoa, while Brad Adams, Richard Golinello and John Scarlett complete the Top-10.
Saturday's outside pole winner, George Winkler was forced to sit out qualifying after discovering in the morning practice that his car's transaxle required repair.
Race 2 will be underway this afternoon at 1:15 EST.