MONTEREY, Calif -- September 21, 2002 --Qualifying day got off to a delayed start at Laguna Seca as the coastal fog was a little late in lifting. Unlike the similar delay at Spa for the last two years of Formula One racing the reason wasn't...
MONTEREY, Calif -- September 21, 2002 --Qualifying day got off to a delayed start at Laguna Seca as the coastal fog was a little late in lifting. Unlike the similar delay at Spa for the last two years of Formula One racing the reason wasn't because the medical helicopter couldn't fly - it was for the far more prosaic reason that flaggers couldn't see their colleagues at the next station.
The fog only caused a short delay, and within half an hour all 32 entrants for the ALMS race were on the track for the first practice session of the day. By the end of the day things were going just as one would expect for California - the weather was clear and sunny without a cloud in the sky, and the front row of the grid was filled by the factory Audis.
Even feeling a little under the weather Emanuele Piro was able to capture pole position for the #1 Audi R8 that he shares with Frank Biela with a lap time of 1:15.756 Second place was captured by the sister car driven by Tom Kristensen and Rinaldo Capello, and the second row of the grid went to the two Cadillac LMP02s, ahead of the Champion Audi of the two ex-Formula One drivers Johnny Herbert and Stefan Johansson, and the two Panoz entries.
Pole in the LMP 675 class went to a familiar face in an unfamiliar car - James Weaver, driving the new Lola/MG that has replaced the aging Riley & Scott in the Dyson Racing stable. Weaver appeared very satisfied with the performance of the car (and with his first ALMS class pole), and seems well positioned to take his first class win in ALMS competition, despite missing the first day of practice due to problems caused by water that had got into a fuel drum.
In GTS the pole was taken by two European drivers (Tomas Enge and Peter Knox) in the Prodrive Ferrari 550 Maranello, followed by the Konrad Saleen and the two Corvettes which have dominated the class this year.
In the final (GT) class Lucas Luhr in the Alex Job Porsche 911 headed a field which is almost entirely comprised of 911 GT3s - the sole exception being the Risi Ferrari 360 Modena which will start fourth in class.