PAGENAUD CLAIMS FRONT ROW START FOR DE FERRAN MOTORSPORT LAKEVILLE, CT. (12 July, 2008) & ...
PAGENAUD CLAIMS FRONT ROW START FOR DE FERRAN MOTORSPORT
LAKEVILLE, CT. (12 July, 2008) – Frenchman Simon Pagenaud earned a front row start in his first ever American Le Mans Series qualifying session today, just missing out on pole position aboard the de Ferran Motorsports Acura ARX-01b at Lime Rock Park.
Pagenaud held the fastest overall time aboard the Panasonic-sponsored LMP2 class Acura until the final two minutes of qualifying. He struck traffic on his final qualifying lap and was narrowly beaten to the top stop around the narrow 1.5 mile Connecticut circuit. Sharing with team boss Gil de Ferran, Pagenaud will start the race tomorrow in an all-Acura front row.
GIL DE FERRAN
"We have no point of reference but the new surface here appears to be very smooth and so far we have had a relatively trouble-free weekend. I am certainly very happy with our starting position on the front row. "The race is likely to be very busy in terms of traffic - Lime Rock is quite short and very narrow. Keeping our nose clean will be the key to a good result.”
"We were very close to getting the pole but it is still nice to have two Acuras on the front row of the grid.
"I am pretty happy with the day. We have never been here before so it is quite unbelievable to be on the front row.
"Tomorrow is certainly going to be a long day because the traffic will be very challenging. Lime Rock Park is a very intense track because it is so short - but I really enjoyed it. It was not easy to get in a rhythm because there were a lot of red flags but the car performed really well and I had a lot of fun."