Buffomante Closes Ford Racing Mustang Challenge Championship Gap With Pole at Watkins Glen WATKINS GLEN, NY (6 June 2010) - After watching fellow Ford Racing Mustang Challenge competitor Jason von Kluge rush to the top of the championship ...
Buffomante Closes Ford Racing Mustang Challenge Championship Gap With Pole at Watkins Glen
WATKINS GLEN, NY (6 June 2010) - After watching fellow Ford Racing Mustang Challenge competitor Jason von Kluge rush to the top of the championship standings with three wins to open up the 2010 season, Tony Buffomante has been a man on a mission. Buffomante scored pole position at VIR and led most of the race, only to come up short of victory when a small mechanical issue slowed his pace late in the event.
At Lime Rock Park, Buffomante again scored pole but converted that into a maiden win for the season to add to his two previous career Mustang Challenge victories.
Heading into Sunday afternoon's Mustang Challenge event at Watkins Glen, it was another five bonus championship points to his credit as Buffomante took the Capaldi Racing entry to another pole position with his best lap time of 2:07.496-seconds on the long "Grand Prix" course as the upstate New York facility experienced a range of weather conditions ahead of the twenty-minute qualifying session.
"It got dryer as the session went on," said Buffomante. "I just stayed out there because I didn't want to get caught out stuck in pit lane if anyone put in a faster time. There was enough of a dry line that I could run the dry set up, no problem. Good job from Pete, my Dad, and the Capaldi Racing boys. They keep putting together fast cars and we keep chipping away at it."
Lining up alongside will be Pratt Cole, who will target a return to the Mustang Challenge podium, having first done so in the Mustang Challenge debut event in 2008.
"It's been fifteen years since I've been here to Watkins Glen and even though I remember the track layout, it took some laps to remember more of the nuances again this weekend," said Cole. "The track was pretty good right out of the box, it got a little better as we went on, but it was pretty good. Dried out way faster than I expected to do. I'm just going to try to keep up at the start!"
Rounding out the top three was impressive youngster Kyle Gimple, who will line his ICY Racing machine up directly behind Buffomante as the track goes green.
"The track was drying out, and it helped a lot," said Gimple. "I had some traffic, and the team wanted me to come in to do pressures, but I got a clear bit of track so I just went for it. The race is going to be about tire management, and we'll just see what the weather holds when we get ready for the race."