SONOMA, Calif. - July 21, 2001 - As projected from the previous practice sessions, the four BMW M3 V-8 racers took the first four positions on the GT grid for tomorrow's American Le Mans Series X-Factor Grand Prix of Sonoma. Fifth in the ...
SONOMA, Calif. - July 21, 2001 - As projected from the previous practice sessions, the four BMW M3 V-8 racers took the first four positions on the GT grid for tomorrow's American Le Mans Series X-Factor Grand Prix of Sonoma.
Fifth in the qualifying session was the #22 Alex Job Racing McKenna Porsche 911 GT3 RS with Randy Pobst at the wheel, 1.6 seconds behind the leading BMW. The #23 Alex Job Racing McKenna Porsche 911 GT3 RS driven by Lucas Luhr was sixth, 0.5-of-a-second behind Pobst.
Earlier on Saturday in practice, Timo Bernhard in the #30 Petersen Motorsports Porsche was clipped by the #51 Panoz, causing a wheel on the Porsche to collapse and damage the front bodywork and suspension. The damage was mainly cosmetic, however, and the team fixed the car in time for qualifying. Also, the #23 Alex Job Racing McKenna Porsche lost its transmission in the final practice , but the team replaced the unit in time for qualifying.
Other top Porsche qualifiers included the #66 Buckler/McQuarrie Porsche (seventh), the #30 Berhard/Mowlem Porsche (eighth), the #52 Collin/Burgess Porsche (ninth), the #67 Rice/Corcutt Porsche (tenth), the #69 Wankum/Pabst Porsche (11th), and the #15 Wars/Willingham Porsche (12th).
The X-Factor Grand Prix of Sonoma will be telecast live on the NBC television network starting at 4:00 PM Eastern time on Sunday, July 22 (check local listings for the exact time in different time zones). The race, along with qualifying sessions starting July 21, will be broadcast live on the Le Mans Radio Network, which can be accessed on the Web at www.americanlemans.com. That same American Le Mans Series Web site will also have live timing and scoring during the race event.
The official Porsche Web site - www.porsche.com - has qualifying information on the X-Factor Grand Prix of Sonoma for all the Porsches entered, and will have stories and photos during and after the race. Porsche Web site users should choose "North America" on the home page when prompted to choose a country, then choose "motorsports," then "motorsport news" to find the ALMS updates.
Other Web sites that will follow the overall event include the American Le Mans site mentioned above, the ON TRACK ONLINE site, (www.ontrackonline.com), The Race Site (www.theRaceSite.com), the Speedvision site (www.speedvision.com), Motorsport.com (www.motorsport.com), TotalMotorsport (www.totalmotorsport.com) and the CompuServe site (www.motorsportsforum.com).
X-FACTOR GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA - Final GT class qualifying Car # Driver Car Time
43 Ekblom/Muller BMW Motorsport M3 V-8 1:33.783 10 Auberlen/Jonnson PTG BMW M3 V-8 1:33.910 6 Stuck/Said PTG BMW M3 V-8 1:34.149 42 Lehto/Muller BMW Motorsport M3 V-8 1:34.448 22 Pobst/Menzel McKenna Porsche Alex Job Racing 911 GT3 RS 1:35.303 23 Luhr/Maassen McKenna Porsche Alex Job Racing 911 GT3 RS 1:35.880 66 Buckler/McQuarrie The Racers Group Porsche 911 GT3 RS 1:36.208 30 Bernhard/Mowlem White Lightning/Petersen Motorsports Westward Ho! Porsche 911 GT3 RS 1:36.825 69 Wankum/Pabst Kyser Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RS 1:36.942 52 Burgess/Collin Seikel Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RS 1:40.402 67 Rice/Orcutt The Racers Group Porsche 911 GT3 RS 1:40.755 15 Willingham/Wars Dick Barbour Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R 1:44.121