Cleveland: Hunter-Reay shatters track record for pole

Ryan Hunter-Reay, a rookie in the CART Toyota Atlantic series, earned his third pole of the 2002 season today, as he mastered the 2.106-Mile temporary road course at Burke Lakefront Airport with a lap time of 1:05.225 at 116.238 mph. The pole...

Ryan Hunter-Reay, a rookie in the CART Toyota Atlantic series, earned his third pole of the 2002 season today, as he mastered the 2.106-Mile temporary road course at Burke Lakefront Airport with a lap time of 1:05.225 at 116.238 mph. The pole time was more than two seconds faster than the previous track record set last year by Martin Basso. Hunter-Reay earned one championship point for the pole, bringing his total to 72, just four points out of second place. Today's pole is the seventh for Hylton Motorsports.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, #1 Medlock Ames Winery/u.s. print/Toyota/Swift

<pre> EVENT RESULTS TIME SPEED (Mph) Friday Practice 3rd 1:07.529 112.272 Friday Qualifying 2nd 1:17.112 112.969 Saturday Practice 1st 1:05.877 115.087 Combined Practice 1st 1:05.877 115.087 Saturday Qualifying 1st 1:05.225 116.238

Hunter-Reay on Morning Practice:

"It was a very productive session for us this morning. We found quite a bit in the car in terms of handling and it reflected in our speed. Traffic will be the biggest variable in qualifying, if we can just get a couple of clear laps, we should be on the front row."

Hunter-Reay on Final Qualifying:

"This is a great result for us. We knew we needed to find just a few clear laps and we could be right up there. That was our goal for the session; we put our heads down and made it happen. The car is great and I drove my heart out. I think my fast lap today was one of the best laps I have ever driven in a racecar."

-Hylton Motorsports-

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Martin Basso , Ryan Hunter-Reay