Philippe Scores the First Formula BMW USA pole of the season Monterey, Calif. - April 29, 2005-- Under bright blue California skies 15-year old BMW Junior and Rookie driver Richard Philippe (Team Autotecnica) won the first pole position of the...
Philippe Scores the First Formula BMW USA pole of the season
Monterey, Calif. - April 29, 2005-- Under bright blue California skies 15-year old BMW Junior and Rookie driver Richard Philippe (Team Autotecnica) won the first pole position of the 2005 Formula BMW USA Championship season with a 1:30.457 minute lap around the 2.238-mile Laguna Seca circuit. Setting his quick time on his ninth lap, Philippe was never headed for the remainder of the 30-minute session. Behind him, the second and third spots were only decided in the final minutes.
On a final lap flyer, Reed Stevens (HBR Motorsport Team USA) took the outside pole with a 1:30.628 minute lap. Daniel Herrington (Jensen Motorsport), a veteran of four 2004 Formula BMW USA starts, qualified third (1:30.728) after moving into the top-three in the 28th minute.
20 cars took the green flag, with the top-seven all within one second of the pole.
The quickest Rookies in today's qualifying session were Philippe (P1), Stevens (P2), Kevin LaCroix (P4), James Davison (P6), and John Zartarian (P7).
"I knew I had a very good car today and it was just a matter of putting a good lap together," said a surprisingly composed Philippe. "It took a few laps to get clear of traffic and I had to make some adjustments due to the change in track conditions from this morning's practice. I could not be more pleased."
Herrington said, "We struggled with the grip in the beginning of the session, but one adjustment made a big difference. This is my best Formula BMW USA qualifying effort, so I am very happy to be in the top-three - but I expect to move up in the race."
Stevens added, "We made adjustment at the very end of the session and only had time for one strong lap. I believe I can go faster in the race when I have more time with the newer set-up."
The Round 1 race is scheduled to start at 1:45 p.m. tomorrow after Round 2 qualifying at 8:00 a.m. Sunday's Round 2 race is scheduled to start at 3:35 p.m.