Kristensen puts Audi on pole for Road America 500. ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (July 6, 2002) -- Tom Kristensen, looking to break a year-long winless streak in the American Le Mans Series, took the pole position for Sunday's Road America 500 presented by...
Kristensen puts Audi on pole for Road America 500.
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (July 6, 2002) -- Tom Kristensen, looking to break a year-long winless streak in the American Le Mans Series, took the pole position for Sunday's Road America 500 presented by the Chicago Tribune, the inaugural event for the sports car racing series at the four-mile track.
Driving an Audi R8 Prototype, Kristensen turned a lap of 128.381 mph (1:52.166), fastest of the 30 cars that will start the race. Kristensen, the series point leader after three of 10 rounds, has won poles and led races but hasn't won a race on the series since July of 2001 at Sears Point Raceway. The Dane will co-drive with Rinaldo Capello of Italy.
Emanuele Pirro and Frank Biela, who co-drove with Kristensen to their third straight win in the 24 Hours of Le Mans last month, will start second in the same Audi that won at Le Mans, with David Brabham and Jan Magnussen starting third in a Panoz LMP-1.
Despite an engine that skipped on his flying lap, Jon Field of Dublin, Ohio, qualified fifth-fastest overall and led the LMP 675 class for smaller Prototypes. His Lola EX257-AER MG was clocked at 1:54.909 (125.317 mph) and will co-drive with Duncan Dayton of North Salem, N.Y., and Michael Durand of Wayland, Mass. The three combined to win the LMP 675 class in the 12 Hours of Sebring in March.
Canada's Ron Fellows continued his domination of qualifying in the GTS class, winning his fourth pole in the four ALMS races this season. He drove a Chevrolet Corvette C5-R to a lap of 2:03.812 (116.305 mph). Fellows will co-drive with Johnny O'Connell and Oliver Gavin in the race.
Lucas Luhr of Germany won his first pole of the season in the GT class, turning a lap of 2:2:12.862 (108.383 mph) in a Porsche 911 GT3 RS. He and co-driver Sascha Maassen have won two of the three ALMS races this season.
Sunday's race starts at 12:30 p.m. (CDT). CBS Sports will have live television coverage from 4-6 p.m. (EDT), while the full race will be broadcast by the American Le Mans Series Radio Web online at www.americanlemans.com.