Gutierrez Awarded Eighth Pole in Round 12 Qualifying Elkhart Lake, Wis. - Aug. 10, 2007-- For the first time ALMS and Champ Car World Series share the circuit at historic Road America, in front of an impressive Friday crowd, Esteban Gutierrez ...
Gutierrez Awarded Eighth Pole in Round 12 Qualifying
Elkhart Lake, Wis. - Aug. 10, 2007-- For the first time ALMS and Champ Car World Series share the circuit at historic Road America, in front of an impressive Friday crowd, Esteban Gutierrez (Autotecnica) continued to set records in Formula BMW USA by being awarded his eighth pole of the season only days after his sixteenth birthday. The talented rookie has now taken three quarters of the poles in the 2007 championship.
Gutierrez benefited from another driver's trouble in post-qualifying inspection today to be awarded the Round 12 pole for Sunday's Formula BMW USA Championship race at Road America. Gutierrez, who was disqualified from the pole in yesterday's Round 11 qualifying session, set the second fastest time today, but will move to his record eighth pole of the season following the disqualification of Maxime Pelletier (HBR Motorsport Team USA).
Pelletier, the sophomore Formula BMW driver, from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, lapped the 4.048-mile, 14-turn circuit in 2:17.467 minutes to top the 16-car field, but will now start at the rear of the grad. Rookie point standings leader Esteban Gutierrez (Autotecnica) will now line up first with a time of 2:17.920 minutes. Formula BMW Germany Junior and Rookie Adrien Tambay (Eurointernational) will start second (2:18.225), equaling his effort yesterday before he moved up to the front row following Gutierrez's disqualification.
Ricardo Favoretto (HBR Motorsport Team USA) will start third (2:18.229) to make it three Rookie drivers in the top-three. Overall point standings leader Daniel Morad (Eurointernational) will start fourth (2:18.232). Tambay, Favoretto and Morad qualified within .007 seconds of each other - evidence of the close competition at the front of the field.
Gutierrez commented, "Well yesterday wasn't my day, I got disqualified, but today is a new day. I forgot about yesterday and focused on getting my eighth pole of the season and I am going to try to extend that record with the final two races."
Visiting Tambay said, "It was a tricky qualifying because the track was so slow at the beginning. So the problem was the times kept improving and at the end my tires were pushed to the limit and so it was difficult at the end. But I am not sure I had a full second to find so it was no likely possible for me to get the pole today, but anyway a good qualifying."
The highest qualifying full time rookie in the championship, Ricardo Favoretto added, "So I did a good qualifying, my car is getting better and the team is working hard. It is the best start of my career; I am so excited because I have a good car and a good chance to get on the podium again."
The Round 11 race will start at 10:50 a.m. Saturday and Round 12 will start at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.