VIRginia Int'l Raceway Saturday summary

No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac/Dallara On VIR Pole After Rough Mexico City Race DANVILLE, VA. - Max Angelelli and Michael Valiante won the pole for Sunday's Bosch Engineering 250 Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal in ...

No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac/Dallara On VIR Pole After Rough Mexico City Race

DANVILLE, VA. - Max Angelelli and Michael Valiante won the pole for Sunday's Bosch Engineering 250 Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal in post-qualifying technical inspection after the initial pole winners fell short at impound.

Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas led the field after qualifying for the right up to the time series officials checked the rear wing on the No. 01 Lexus Riley. When the wing failed to meet specifications, the car's qualifying times were disallowed and the winners of the first two races in the season will start Sunday's feature race from the rear of the pack.

The No. 99 Pontiac Riley driven by Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty suffered a similar fate, moving the cars behind them up another spot as well. The starting grid will have The Angelelli/Valiante Pontiac Dallara on pole, flanked by Brian Frisselle and Mark Wilkins. The Porsche Riley team is followed by a pair of Crawford chassis with the inside row belonging to Bill Auberlen and Joey Hand in their Porsche engined car while the outside row has Jared Beyer and Ricky Taylor joined by racing veteran Andy Wallace in a Ford powered Crawford. The two youngsters are both 18, while British driver Wallace is nearly thirty years their senior. Crawford has won the Grand American prototype category at VIR before, in 2002.

The day's feature race, for the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED Touring Car Championship went to Kumo Wittmer in his Real Time Acura TSX over Seth Thomas' BMW. James Clay followed Thomas in a second BimmerWorld BMW 325i. Bole winner Chip Herr dropped his Tindol Motorsports Mazda6 back to fifth at the finish. This was Wittmer's first win in the series.

Qualifying for the MOTO-ST motorcycle races put the Aprilia Tuono 1 ridden by Ty Howard on pole position for Sunday morning's 500 kilometer race for the super twin bikes. Local rider Brian Kcraget put his Suzuki SV650 seventh on the starting field and first in the ST class.

Racing starts at VIR's 3.27 mile road course at 8:30 Sunday morning with a final practice for the combined Rolex Series sports cars, then the SunTrust MOTO-ST motorcycles take to the track for their race. The Bosch Engineering 250 for Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 takes to the track at 1:00 for their race.

The final race of the weekend is the inaugural race for the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup series. These Diesel-powered racers are wheeled by thirty young drivers with the championship paying $100,000 to the winner, plus an additional $150,000 if that driver signs a contract for a professional road racing ride within six months of the championship. The new series has been certified 'carbon neutral' by CarbonFund.com and is one of the ways Volkswagen highlights their clean diesel technology.

Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine plans to attend the inaugural race of the Jetta TDI Cup. The racers in the series range from 16 to 26 and were selected from several hundred applicants.

-credit: vir

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Series Other bike , Grand-Am , SCCA , PWC
Drivers Andy Wallace , Alex Gurney , Jon Fogarty , Scott Pruett , Michael Valiante , Joey Hand , Max Angelelli , Memo Rojas , James Clay , Chip Herr , Mark Wilkins , Brian Frisselle , Jared Beyer , Ricky Taylor , Brian Kcraget