Fogarty on Cleveland provisional pole

Jon Fogarty grabbed the provisional pole for the Toyota Atlantic Championship's Sunday race that is part of the CART Grand Prix of Cleveland. In a closely fought session, Fogarty's Dorricott Racing teammate, Alex Gurney, turned a time within...

Jon Fogarty grabbed the provisional pole for the Toyota Atlantic Championship's Sunday race that is part of the CART Grand Prix of Cleveland. In a closely fought session, Fogarty's Dorricott Racing teammate, Alex Gurney, turned a time within seven tenths of a second of Fogarty's 1 minute, 7.075 seconds (113.032 mph.) fast time, but was not good enough to get into the top ten.

All the other championship contenders except sixth-in-points Jonathan Macri (who was way down in 21st place, nearly four seconds off the pace set by Fogarty), turned times that fell between the two Dorricott cars. Included are Hylton Racing's Ryan Hunter-Reay (third in points) and the third Dorricott driver, Luis Diaz (seventh), who, like Fogarty, each have two pole positions this season. Points leader, Lynx Racing driver Michael Valiante, was a close third behind Fogarty and Hunter-Reay, the two drivers that trail him in the points.

Michael Shank Racing driver Sepp Koster, who ran with the leaders last week at Toronto, was a strong fifth-fast today. Filling out the top ten were Waldemar Coronas, Koster's teammate Rudolfo Lavin, Hunter-Reay's teammate (and Milwaukee winner) Roger Yasukawa and the second Lynx driver Grant Ryley. Both Coronas and Ryley were put on probation after the Toronto race by series Chief Steward, K. C. Van Niman for unsafe driving that led to accidents during the race, but have rebounded today with their solid qualifying runs.

Tomorrow's 30 minute session of final qualifying for the Toyota Atlantic cars will begin at 12:15 pm. EDT.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Alex Gurney , Jon Fogarty , Grant Ryley , Luis Diaz , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Roger Yasukawa , Sepp Koster , Waldemar Coronas , Michael Shank
Teams ART Grand Prix , Michael Shank Racing