JOHANSSON SECURES SECOND-ROW START FOR SIX-HOUR TEST OF POWER MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec, Canada (May 20, 2005) -- Stefan Johansson's first trip to Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant's 15-turn road course tucked in the Laurentian Mountains got off to a ...
JOHANSSON SECURES SECOND-ROW START FOR SIX-HOUR TEST OF POWER
MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec, Canada (May 20, 2005) -- Stefan Johansson's first trip to Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant's 15-turn road course tucked in the Laurentian Mountains got off to a solid start today as the Swede stuck the New Century Mortgage Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates no.02 Lexus-Riley on the second row for the start of tomorrow's 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant.
With the car flirting in the top-three for the majority of the practice sessions, Johansson officially put the team's Daytona Prototype in the show after negotiating his way around slower cars to the tune of 1:30.418 (105.510 mph). Johansson battled a tremendous amount of traffic in what amounted to be a most frustrating session.
"Some of the cars out there have no idea what is going on around them it seems," jabbed Johansson. "I mean, the traffic out there was ridiculous. Fifteen minutes and I couldn't get one clean lap to move us up the charts. I'm pretty confident in saying that we could have been right up there or near where the CompUSA car finished, but I guess we'll never know."
Chip Ganassi Racing stablemate Scott Pruett took the pole position for the third time this season in the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley with a top time of 1:29.972 (106.033 mph). With the result, the team has now totaled 14 poles in 17 career Rolex Series starts.
Fans of New Century Mortgage Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates can catch the no.02 New Century Mortgage Lexus-Riley in action at the 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant in Quebec, Canada tomorrow at 11:00 am ET (LIVE, SPEED Channel). Follow the team's progress throughout the race weekend by logging on to the Rolex Sports Car Series website at www.grandamerican.com for free live timing, and keep up with the team's successes throughout the 2005 season by logging onto the official website at www.chipganassiracing.com for news, features, photos and much more.