PORSCHE MICHELIN SUPERCUP SERIES MAKES ANNUAL INDY APPEARANCE; TWO ROUNDS OF THE SERIES IN TWO DAYS DOUBLE USA SERIES STOP INDIANAPOLIS - June 17 - David Saelens from Belgium captured his second pole of the 2005 Porsche Michelin Supercup season...
PORSCHE MICHELIN SUPERCUP SERIES MAKES ANNUAL INDY APPEARANCE; TWO ROUNDS OF THE SERIES IN TWO DAYS DOUBLE USA SERIES STOP
INDIANAPOLIS - June 17 - David Saelens from Belgium captured his second pole of the 2005 Porsche Michelin Supercup season in his Pro Futura Team Kadach Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car for Saturday's round of the series at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
"I turned my fast lap early in the session, and never had to use my second set of tires," said Saelens, who has driven for several teams in the American Le Mans Series over the past several years.
"Porsche has developed a super race car with this Cup racer version of the new 911, with higher performance brakes and more horsepower, and they did a lot of testing, resulting in faster times for all of us," said Saelens.
Second was rookie Fabrice Walfisch from France, also in a Pro Futura Team Kadach Porsche, while four-time series champion Patrick Huisman from the Netherland, in the Lechner Racing School Porsche was third.
All top ten drivers ten broke Wolf Henzler's qualifying record at Indianapolis set here last year in the previous generation of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racer.
The two Porsche factory guest drivers, Mark Gillies, executive editor of AUTOMOBILE magazine and extreme motocross and rally star Travis Pastrana, has their frustrations against the pros, but both driver were encouraged by their progress, each qualifying more than a second faster than their previous practice times.
"I was just getting dialed in, following Patrick Huisman around the track when a yellow flag ruined my chances for a good time. Then, later in the session, Weiland crashed on the front straight, and qualifying was over before I could improve any further," said Gillies.
Pastrana, who has taken up both road racing and rallying in the past two years after becoming the first motocross rider to do a 360-degree back flip, was frustrated by his performance.
"I would feel like I was going fast, and then I would make some mistakes. Even in rally, I do better on the gravel stages than on the tarmac roads. I would like to finish in the top ten, but I will need to drive better," said Pastrana, who singled out the new sequential gearbox as the most impressive feature on his racecar.
This qualifying session is for Saturday's race (3:25 PM CDT). There will be another qualifying session on Saturday for Sunday's race, which will be held Sunday morning at 10:25 AM CDT.