Millville: AIM Autosport qualifying report

Pacific Mobile/Biosign car to start third in New Jersey Team planning patient run before striking late in the race Millville, NJ (July 17, 2010) -- AIM Autosport's Pacific Mobile/Biosign Ford Riley ...

Pacific Mobile/Biosign car to start third in New Jersey
Team planning patient run before striking late in the race

Millville, NJ (July 17, 2010) -- AIM Autosport's Pacific Mobile/Biosign Ford Riley #61 will start tomorrow's NJMP 250 presented by Crown Royal from third place following this afternoon's qualifying session at New Jersey Motorsports Park. After an exciting battle that saw several drivers hold the top spot, Mark Wilkins secured the inside position of the row two for the start of the 2h 45m race.

Several drivers traded fast laps before the battle distilled to a three-way battle between Mark, eventual pole-winner Jon Fogarty and second qualifier Ricky Taylor. Mark cemented third place with a 1m 15.489s/107.3 mph-lap around the 2.75-mile road course.

"I'm happy," Mark said of his third-place qualifying effort. "Burt and I worked hard with the team to figure out how to find more pace.

"It's a nice way to return to the track after Daytona and I'm looking forward to handing the car over to Burt in a good position and in good shape. We have a good shot at winning here and that's our goal."

"Mark did a great job in qualifying," said co-driver, Burt Frisselle, who will assume driving duties after Mark drives the opening stint. "Ian (Willis--chief engineer) and Jim (Malicki--data engineer) did a great job making the car fast and I'm looking forward to tomorrow.

"The heat will be tough and saving the car for the race to the finish will be key, so we have to be smooth and patient."

"The heat and difficulty passing on this narrow track will be the major challenges tomorrow," said chief engineer and AIM Autosport principal, Ian Willis. "Managing tires and track position are very important here. We have to be patient, save the car and go hard at the end."

-source: aim

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jon Fogarty , Burt Frisselle , Mark Wilkins , Ricky Taylor