Homestead Qualifying brief & grid

MIAMI - - Chuck West, of Sonoma, Calif., will start on the pole for Saturday's season-opener of the KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship at the Homestead Motorsports Complex. West, in a Ralt RT-41, covered the unique 1.4-mile road six-turn...

MIAMI - - Chuck West, of Sonoma, Calif., will start on the pole for Saturday's season-opener of the KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship at the Homestead Motorsports Complex.

West, in a Ralt RT-41, covered the unique 1.4-mile road six-turn course-oval combination circuit with a qualifying average of 121.25 miles-per-hour. Memo Gidley of San Rafael, Calif., will start alongside West after posting a speed of 121.09. Anthony Lazzaro of Acworth, Ga., will start third at 121.54 miles-per-hour. The series will begin its 24th year with 50-lap race at 4:15 p.m. EST.

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MIAMI: Starting grid for Saturday's 50-lap, 70-mile KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship season-opening race at Homestead Motorsports Complex, with driver, hometown, make of car, and qualifying speed in mph:

 1.  Chuck West, Sonoma, Calif., Ralt RT-41, 41.564,121.25 (breaks previous
        record of 115.89 mph set by Lee Bentham in March  1996)
 2.  Memo Gidley, San Rafael, Calif., Ralt RT-41,121.09
 3.  Anthony Lazzaro, Acworth, Ga., Ralt RT-41, 120.54
 4.  Case Montgomery, Salinas, Calif., Ralt RT-41, 120.23
 5.  Alexandre Tagliani, Canada, Ralt RT-40, 120.16
 6.  Joao Barbosa, Portugal, Ralt RT-41, 119.86
 7.  Alex Barron, Vista, Calif., Ralt RT-40, 119.77
 8.  Bertrand Godin, Canada, Ralt RT-40, 119.75
 9.  Robert Sollenskog, Antioch, Ill., Ralt RT40, 119.71
10.  Bill Auberlen, Redondo Beach, Calif., Ralt RT-40, 119.62
11.  Eric Lang, New York, N.Y., Ralt, RT-41, 119.09
12.  Leo Parente, Redondo Beach, Calif., Ralt RT-41, 118.65
13.  Tony Ave, Indianapolis, Ind., Ralt RT-41, 118.26
14.  Steve Knapp, Salem, Wis., Ralt RT-118.17
15.  Michael David, Corona, Calif., Ralt RT-41, 118.09
16.  Kenny Wilden, Canada, Ralt RT-41, 117.95
17.  Jeret Schroeder, Vineland, N.J., 117.66
18.  Mark Tague, Laguna Hills, Calif., Ralt Rt-40, 117.10
19.  Cam Binder, Canada, Ralt, RT-41, 116.94
20.  Joe Sposato, Arcadia, Calif., Ralt RT-41, 115.13
21.  David Cutler, Medina, Calif., Ralt, RT-41, 114.96
22.  Sergei Szortyka, Sinking Spring, Pa., RaltRT-41, 114.74
23.  Joaquin DeSoto, Miami, Fla., Reynard 93H, 114.63
24.  Greg Harrington, Suwanee, Ga., Swift HCC-4, 114.35
25.  Ted Sahley, Cleveland, Ohio., Ralt RT-41, 114.29
26.  Steve Forrer, Mequon, Wis., Ralt RT-40, 113.23
27.  Scott Wood, Houston, TX., Ralt, RT-40
28.  Mike Sauce, Arlington, TX., Reynard, 92H, 112.43
29.  Dan Vosloo, Irvine, Calif., Reynard 93H, 112.24

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Memo Gidley , Jeret Schroeder , Bill Auberlen , Tony Ave , Alex Barron , Anthony Lazzaro , Steve Knapp , Joao Barbosa , David Cutler , Bertrand Godin , Sergei Szortyka , Eric Lang , Lee Bentham