MX-5: Series Utah qualifying one notes

Nick Evans Scores Pole for First Half of MX-5 Cup Doubleheader in Utah TOOELE, UTAH (Sept. 10, 2010) -- Nick Evans, of Powell, Ohio, scored his fourth-career SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup pole at Miller Motorsports Park ahead of ...

Nick Evans Scores Pole for First Half of MX-5 Cup Doubleheader in Utah

TOOELE, UTAH (Sept. 10, 2010) -- Nick Evans, of Powell, Ohio, scored his fourth-career SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup pole at Miller Motorsports Park ahead of Saturday's Round 10 race, part of the Utah 250 weekend. Michael Cooper, of Syossett, N.Y., will start second.

Evans picked up two valuable Championship points by placing his No. 28 Team MER/Mazda/Sparco MX-5 on the pole for the penultimate round of the season. Working with his MER teammates, Evans actually entered his best lap, a 2:12.174 (83.017 mph), while leading his drafting partners.

"We try to give each person a good lap with a draft and try to break some air up front," Evans said. "On my lap, I think I was leading. It was the second lap. We put some sticker BF Goodrich tires on and it worked really well."

Currently fourth in the point standings, Evans has enjoyed his car's handling since it arrived in Utah and is looking forward to its potential in the race. With only two races remaining, he's also looking forward to moving up in the points.

"We got to the track and the car's been good out of the box. We've basically just been tweaking it all weekend. We're getting faster and now I think we're pretty much set. I don't feel like we need any changes. It feels really good.

"I'm not sure how far out we are from the point lead, but [the point for pole] could definitely help. Right now, every point matters. I think we can definitely make up some points lost in previous races and I want to end the Championship with a bang."

Evans' pole time sets a new MX-5 Cup qualifying record at Miller Motorsports Park, as the series has opted to use the shorter 15-turn, 3.048-mile "Outer Loop" course this weekend.

Driving the No. 84 AMG Racing/Bromante Landscaping & Design MX-5, Cooper turned a 2:12.363 (82.899 mph) to place himself on the outside of the front row.

Jeff Mosing, of Austin, Texas, put in his best career qualifying performance. His No. 30 Team MER/Frank's Int./RaceNowForAutism MX-5 will take up the third spot on the grid after he entered a 2:12.489 (82.820 mph) in qualifying.

Lyonel Kent, of Knoxville, Tenn., who was fastest in practice, qualified the No. 13 ALARA Racing/Bulldog Productions MX-5 in fourth. Kent's best lap was a 2:12.537 (82.790 mph).

Championship point leader Brad Rampelberg, of San Jose, Calif., qualified fifth. Rampelberg posted a 2:12.884 (82.574 mph) in his No. 4 AMG Racing/Mazda/Cobalt Brakes MX-5.

Rampelberg's nearest rival in the Championship, Justin Piscitell will start alongside him, on the outside of row three.

Jesse Combs, Ara Malkhassian, Mark Carpenter and Alfred Caiola completed the top 10.

-source: scca pro racing

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Series SCCA
Drivers Nick Evans , Brad Rampelberg , Ara Malkhassian , Jesse Combs , Justin Piscitell , Michael Cooper , Jeff Mosing , Lyonel Kent , Alfred Caiola