Mid-Ohio pole story

MANSFIELD, Ohio – James Weaver won his fourth Grand American Road Racing Association Informix Way Fast Award in five races Friday, capturing the pole position for Sunday’s U.S. Road Racing Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Weaver ran...

MANSFIELD, Ohio – James Weaver won his fourth Grand American Road Racing Association Informix Way Fast Award in five races Friday, capturing the pole position for Sunday’s U.S. Road Racing Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Weaver ran a lap of 1:17.215 (105.275 mph) in the Dyson Racing Riley & Scott Ford on the 2.25-mile circuit.

Joining Weaver on the front row will be the Creighton Motorsports Ford Lola of Andy Wallace, who was Weaver’s teammate in winning the 1999 U.S. Road Racing Classic at Mid-Ohio. Wallace ran a lap of 1:17.309 (105.147 mph).

The top 20 cars were locked in Friday. Jack Baldwin was third in the Robinson Racing Riley & Scott Judd (104.867 mph), followed by Elliott Forbes-Robinson in the second Dyson Ford (104.171 mph), Mimmo Schiattarella in the Risi Ferrari 333SP (103.606 mph) and Jon Field in a Ford Lola (103.292 mph).

Weaver and teammate Butch Leitzinger will be seeking their second consecutive Grand-Am victory, following Monday’s triumph at Lime Rock, Conn. Weaver won pole positions for the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Phoenix and Lime Rock, and was SportsRacer class winner in the Rolex 24.

“It’s going every bit as good this weekend as it was at Lime Rock, so we’re very confident for the race,” said Weaver. “The car is running very quick in race trim, only about two-tenths off my qualifying time. We’ve been busy working on the car so it can run off-line, so we can deal with traffic. We backed it up with a good qualifying lap, but in traffic it’s probably about a second and a half quicker than it was at the start of the weekend.

“That’s the Dyson way. We tend to back the car up as much as possible in practice so it’s a good race car, but without affecting what it will do in one lap.”

Setting the fastest times in the other classes were: SportsRacer Light, Larry Oberto in the Archangel Nissan Lola, 99.004 mph; GTO, Bobby Archer in the McCann Motorsports Dodge Viper, 96.257 mph; American GT, Bruce Nesbitt in the Orion Motorsports/Team Chicago Ford Mustang, 93.049 mph; and GTU, Mike Fitzgerald in the G&W Porsche, 21st fastest at 91.937 mph.

With the top 20 positions filled in Friday’s session, the GTU pole will be up for grabs in final qualifying Saturday.

Sunday’s 250-mile race is set to take the green flag at 2 p.m. For ticket information, call (800) MID-OHIO. For additional information, visit the official web site, www.grand-am.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Wallace , Butch Leitzinger , James Weaver , Jon Field , Jack Baldwin , Bobby Archer , Larry Oberto
Teams Dyson Racing