Road Atlanta provisional qualifying

BRASELTON, Ga. -- Allan McNish of Scotland set a new Road Atlanta track qualifying record on Thursday in winning the provisional pole for Saturday's running of the Petit Le Mans for the American Le Mans Series. McNish drove an Audi R8 to a ...

BRASELTON, Ga. -- Allan McNish of Scotland set a new Road Atlanta track qualifying record on Thursday in winning the provisional pole for Saturday's running of the Petit Le Mans for the American Le Mans Series. McNish drove an Audi R8 to a record-setting lap of 129.925 miles per hour around the 12-turn road course.

"The car was quite quick," said McNish, who has won three of the last four races on the ALMS schedule. "The qualifying lap was right on the edge. You're holding your breath as you come out of the corners."

McNish's lap broke the year-old ALMS track qualifying record of 129.019 mph that was set in 1999 by David Brabham. Emanuele Pirro of Italy qualified another Audi R8 second-fastest at 129.308, while Brabham, of England, qualified third at 128.450 in a Panoz LMP-1.

Qualifying will continue on Friday. Saturday's race starts at 12:30 p.m. and will go for 10 hours or 1,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Dana Moore was the fastest qualifier on Thursday for Friday's Women's Global GT

Series race.

BRASELTON, Ga. -- Thursday's provisional qualifiers for Saturday's American Le Mans Series Petit Le Mans sports car race at 2.54-mile Road Atlanta showing driver, hometown or country, type car and qualifying speed in miles per hour: 1. Allan McNish, Scotland; Rinaldo Capello, Italy; Michele Alboreto, Monaco; Audi R8, 129.925. 2. Frank Biela, Monaco; Emanuele Pirro, Italy; Tom Kristensen, Monaco; Audi R8, 129.308. 3. David Brabham, England; Jan Magnussen, Denmark; Panoz LMP-1, 128.450. 4. JJ Lehto, Finland; Jorg Muller, Monaco; BMW V12 LMR, 127.999. 5. Johnny O'Connell, Flowery Branch, Ga., Hiroki Katoh, Japan; Klaus Graf, Germany; Panoz LMP-1, 126.894. 6. Bill Auberlen, Redondo Beach, Calif., Jean-Marc Gounon, France; 126.792. 7. Mimmo Schiattarella, Monaco; Didier de Radigues, Monaco; Norman Simon, Germany; Lola B2K, 126.162. 8. Christophe Tinseau, France; Marc Goossens, Belgium; Cadillac Northstar LMP, 124.221. 9. Eric Bernard, France; Emmanuel Collard, France; 124.082. 10. Max Angelelli, Monaco; Wayne Taylor, Altamonte Springs, Fla.; Eric van de Poele, San Diego, Calif., Cadillac Northstar LMP, 123.673. 11. Stefan Johansson, Indianapolis; Guy Smith, England; Ralf Kelleners, Germany; Reynard 2KQ; 123.566. 12. Frank Lagroce, France; Butch Leitzinger, State College, Penn.; Andy Wallace, England; Cadillac Northstar LMP, 123.040. 13. Ron Fellows, Canada; Chris Kneifel, Cave Creek, Az.; Justin Bell, England; Chevrolet Corvette C5-R, 116.284. 14. Andy Pilgrim, Cooper City, Fla.; Kelly Collins, Corona del Mar, Calif.; Franck Freon, Linwood, N.J.; 115.781. 15. Olivier Beretta, Monaco; Karl Wendlinger, Austria; Marc Duez, Monaco; Dodge Viper GTS-R, 115.347. 16. Franz Konrad, Germany; Charlie Slater, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Lola B2K, 115.025. 17. David Donohue, Malvern, Penn.; Jean-Phillippe Belloc, France; Dominique Dupuy, France; Dodge Viper GTS-R, 112.693. 18. Tommy Archer, Duluth, Minn.; Patrick Huisman, Holland; Boris Derichebourg, France; Dodge Viper GTS-R, 112.507. 19. Milka Duno, Venezuela; Steve Watson, South Africa; Xavier Pompidou, France; Dodge Viper GTS-R, 110.452. 20. Vic Rice, San Rafael, Calif.; Zak Brown, Indianapolis; Martin Snow, Pleasant Grove, Utah; Porsche 911 Turbo; 109.540. 21. Bruno Lambert, Belgium; Randy Pobst, Melbourne, Fla.; Anthony Lazzaro, Atlanta; Porsche 911 GT3 R, 108.141. 22. Boris Said, Carlsbad, Calif.; Hans Stuck, Austria; Johannes van Overbeek, Oakland, Calif.; BMW M3, 108.006. 23. Sascha Maassen, Germany; Bob Wollek, France; Porsche 911 GT3 R, 107.776. 24. Brian Cunningham, Danville, Ky.; Peter Cunningham, West Bend, Wis.; Nic Jonsson, Aliso Viejo, Calif.; BMW M3, 107.509. 25. Shane Lewis, Jupiter, Fla.; Cort Wagner, Santa Monica, Calif.; Bob Mazzuoccola, Staten Island, N.Y.; Porsche 911 GT3 R, 106.621. 26. Henry Gilbert, Miramar, Fla.; John Paul, Jr., West Palm Beach, Fla.; Neil Hanneman, Livonia, Mich.; Reynard/Dodge Viper GTS-R, 106.505. 27. Michael Schrom, Ghent, N.Y.; John Morton, El Segundo, Calif.; Darren Law, Phoenix; Porsche 911 GT3 R, 105.839. 28. David Murry, Atlanta; Johnny Mowlem, England; Porsche 911 GT3 R, 105.573. 29. Kevin Buckler, Sonoma, Calif.; Phillip Collin, Lincolnshire, Ill.; Jim Michaelian, Long Beach, Calif.; Porsche 911 GT3 R, 104.424. 30. Kyle Wankum, Canada; Greg Doff, Canada; Joe Foster, Atlanta; Porsche 911 GT3 R, 104.424. 31. Leo Hindrey, Hillsborough, Calif.; John Lewis, New York; Peter Baron, Sunyvale, Calif.; Porsche 911 GT3 R, 103.363. 32. Gunnar Jeannette, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; Wayne Jackson, Columbia, Md.; Joe Policastro, Jr., Latrobe, Calif.; Porsche 911 GT3 R, 103.245. 33. Tony Burgess, Canada; Kurt Mathewson, Carmel, Ind.; Grady Willingham, Birmingham, Ala.; Porsche 911 GT3 R, 102.816. 34. Randy Wars, Mexico; Mike Brockman, Orlando, Fla.; Paul Newman, Westport, Conn.; Porsche 911 GT3 R, 102.688. 35. Cindi Lux, Aloha, Ore.; Belinda Endress, Newbury Park, Calif.; Divina Galica, Sebring, Fla.; Porsche 911 GT3 R, 102.507. 36. Jon Field, Dublin, Ohio; Rick Sutherland, Los Gatos, Calif.; Oliver Gavin, England; Lola B2K, 91.812.

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