Stillwell takes PSR San Diego pole

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (November 3, 2000) - Warren Stilwell, of Harteville, Ohio captured the provisional pole for Saturday's Round 11 season-finale Pro Spec Racer race at San Diego, part of the San Diego Grand Prix. Keith Scharf, of St. Louis,...

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (November 3, 2000) - Warren Stilwell, of Harteville, Ohio captured the provisional pole for Saturday's Round 11 season-finale Pro Spec Racer race at San Diego, part of the San Diego Grand Prix. Keith Scharf, of St. Louis, Mo. and Mark Eaton, of Melbourne, Fla. completed the top-three. Stilwell, driving the No. 28 Stilwell Racing Spec Racer, battled a field of over 50 cars to capture the provisional pole on the new San Diego street circuit. Following a black flag mid-way through the session, Stilwell used the most of his clear track opportunities to post a quick time of 1:22.623 (71.892 mph). Stilwell will attempt to retain the pole on the tight 1.65-mile street circuit during second qualifying Saturday morning. Stilwell, currently holds a five point lead over John Black in the Championship heading into the season-finale Saturday afternoon. "We made a lot of progress from this morning's session," said Stilwell. "That gave me a big confidence boost. I'm not sure how the track will be tomorrow, but I need to stay ahead of John [Black] to help my championship chances." Driving the No. 82 Tech Hyper-V/Gendrons GMC Spec Racer, Scharf worked with Stilwell late in the session to better handle traffic and was able to post the second quickest time of the day, 1:23.184 (71.408 mph). Scharf, who can' t win the championship will be looking to capture his second win of the season and secure third place in the championship on saturday. "I always love street circuits," said Scharf. "With the number of cars running this weekend it's imperative that you start up-front. If you don't start in the first three rows, you can't realistically win." Driving the No. 92 Robinson Motorsports Spec Racer, Eaton cracked the top-three in qualifying for the first time in his career. Eaton, who is running a car usually campaigned by another driver, posted a quick time of 1:23.321 (71,290 mph). Eaton, who returned to the series at the previous round in Las Vegas after missing four rounds, will be looking to retain his third place starting position Saturday during second qualifying. "That was great," said Eaton. "It reminded me of racing my go-kart. You just through the car around. I knew I could do better then I had done in the past, but third is a surprise." Completing the top-five was newcomer TJ Acker, of Valencia, Calif. and Carl Harris, of Houston, Texas, who currently is fourth in the championship.

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Series SCCA
Drivers John Black , Mark Eaton