Summerton doubles up at Indy Indianapolis, Ind. - June 17, 2005-- Proving that there is no substitute for experience, even if you are still just17-years old, Jonathan Summerton (Walker Racing) used his knowledge of the 2.6-mile Indianapolis...
Summerton doubles up at Indy
Indianapolis, Ind. - June 17, 2005-- Proving that there is no substitute for experience, even if you are still just17-years old, Jonathan Summerton (Walker Racing) used his knowledge of the 2.6-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix circuit to break his own 2004 qualifying record and take the pole for both Rounds 7 and 8 of the Formula BMW USA Series. Summerton, the 2004 double-pole sitter and Round 5 Indy winner, took the pole for Round 7 with a 1:37.261 minute lap. The lap was .195 seconds faster than his 2004 pole time. With his second fastest lap of 1:37.508 minutes he took the pole for Round 8.
Richard Philippe (Team Autotecnica), already a four-time pole winner this season, qualified second for both Rounds 7 and 8 with laps of 1:37.457 and 1:37.583 minutes respectively. Robbie Pecorari (Walker Racing), making his first Formula BMW USA start, benefited from a tow from teammate Summerton on his fast lap and set the third fastest Round 7 time (1:37.644). Overall and Rookie points leader Kevin Lacroix scored the third starting position in Round 8 with a 1:37.852 minute lap. Maxime Soulet, who had set the fourth and third fastest laps of the session, had his times disallowed following post-qualifying technical inspection and will start from the rear of the grid in both races.
The session was without incident for the first 20 minutes. Summerton took over the first position on his seventh lap as the rest of the field swapped positions behind him. As most drivers began to come to grips with the cooling track after pit stops for adjustments, the session was stopped for Adrien Herberts' spin into a gravel trap. Restarted with five minutes to go, Summerton saved his best lap for his last, setting his fastest time as the checkered flag waved.
Ensuring two exciting Rounds, the top-12 qualifiers were all within one second of Summerton's pole time in Round 7 and the top-15 were within one second of Summerton in Round 8.
Summerton said, "I came into the pits because we thought we would make some changes to try to back up my quick time with a fast second lap. The car was not much better, but the track was cooling and I think that made the difference on the final lap. I am glad we were able to get both Walker Racing cars up front."
Philippe said, "The adjustments made the car easier to drive on the limit. I don't think starting outside pole will make that much of a difference as there will probably be a long train of cars at the beginning. As long as I can get a clean start and get right into my own rhythm, I think I will be fine."
18-year old Pecorari said, "The tow from Jonathan helped, but I had a very good lap going. It was nice to know he was there to help me. If we can hook up, at least at the beginning of the race, it could benefit both of us."
The quickest Rookies in Round 7 qualifying were Philippe (P2), Davison (P5), Lacroix (P6), Moon (P7) and Zartarian (P8). In Round 8, the fastest Rookies were Philippe (P2), Lacroix (P3), Zartarian (P4), Hegewald (P6) and Wickens (P7).
The Round 7 race is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Sunday's Round 8 race is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m.