ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (July 8, 2000) -- The Doran Lista Special was awarded the pole position for Sunday's Sargento/Road America 500, when Saturday's qualifying session was cancelled due to thunderstorms. The trio of Didier Theys, Fredy Leinhard...
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (July 8, 2000) -- The Doran Lista Special was awarded the pole position for Sunday's Sargento/Road America 500, when Saturday's qualifying session was cancelled due to thunderstorms. The trio of Didier Theys, Fredy Leinhard and Mauro Baldi will start the 500-mile, 125-lap event on Road America's 4.0-mile circuit due to leading the Grand American Road Racing Association Team Owner Points. "It's always great to start on the pole, but it isn't the same amount of satisfaction as if you won the pole in qualifying," said Theys, who was the Way Fast Award winner at Homestead-Miami Speedway. "But considering the weather we've had today, it would be crazy to go out to qualify because of the rivers of water crossing the racetrack. But no matter if you start first or fourth, that's not much difference in a 500-mile race."
Sharing the front row will be James Weaver and Andy Wallace, winners of the recent Paul Revere 250 at Daytona International Speedway, driving Rob Dyson's Thetford/Norcold Riley & Scott Ford.
George Robinson, Jack Baldwin and Hurley Haywood will start third in the Informix Riley & Scott Judd, flanked by the Risi Competizione Ferrari 333SP of Mimmo Schiattarella and Eric van de Poele.
Archangel Motorsports, seeking its sixth consecutive SportsRacer Lights class victory, will be gridded fifth. Canadian Paul Macey will join regular drivers Ryan Hampton and Larry Oberto in their Nissan Lola.
Terry Borcheller and Ron Johnson will lead the GTO class and start 21st, in a Saleen SR which was totally rebuilt following a fire in Friday's practice.
Leading the GTU class is the G&W Motorsports Porsche GT3R of Darren Law and Mike Fitzgerald, starting 18th overall. The Spirit of Daytona Camaro of Craig Conway and Doug Goad head the American GT class and will start 19th, although Irv Hoerr was fastest in practice driving the RVO Camaro.
The race marks the return of professional sports car racing to the scenic four-mile circuit after a six-year absence.
"All the years I've done many races in America we didn't race here," said Englishman Andy Wallace. "I'm certainly glad I finally got the opportunity to be at Road America."
The Sargento/Road America 500 will be the seventh race on the inaugural Grand Am. The series next visits Quebec, Canada, for the Player's Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres on July 23. The season concludes August 25-26 with the Twin 100s and Six Hours at Watkins Glen, N.Y. For additional information, visit the series' official web site, www.grand-am.com.