FAMILIAR WARRIORS -- Mont-Tremblant Qualifying Finlay Motorsports Drivers Memo Gidley and Michael McDowell will start on the third row for Saturday's 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant Continuing their steady march toward the front of...
FAMILIAR WARRIORS -- Mont-Tremblant Qualifying
Finlay Motorsports Drivers Memo Gidley and Michael McDowell will start on the third row for Saturday's 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant
Continuing their steady march toward the front of the grid, Finlay Motorsports drivers Memo Gidley and Michael McDowell will line up on the outside of the third row in the #19 Air Force Reserve / Make A Wish / Commercial Defeasance Dinan-powered BMW Riley Daytona Prototype for the 11:00 pm ET start of Saturday's Rolex Sports Car Series 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant.
With Gidley at the controls during the 15-minute Friday afternoon qualifying session, the team posted a quick lap of 1:31.143 (104.671 mph) around the scenic 2.65 mile Mont-Tremblant road course. Winning the pole position was the #01 car of Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz with a lap of 1:29.972 (106.033 mph). The starting field of 40 cars includes 19 Daytona Prototypes.
"We improved the car quite a bit since we began running here on Thursday, and there's still quite a bit more time in the car," said Gidley, who will be making his first-ever start on this historic circuit tomorrow. "I could easily have gone half a second quicker during qualifying, but I caught some traffic right at the end of my fast lap, and then there was no more time in the session. We've got a very fast car that's easy to drive and should be easy on the tires, so we're in good shape for the race tomorrow."
Finlay Motorsports will do battle in the 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant -- round 5 of the 2005 Grand American Rolex series -- with a hot mix of youthful aggression and high-speed experience that has made it the team to watch over the last two races. With co-drivers Memo Gidley, a Champ Car veteran, and Michael McDowell, the 2004 Star Formula Mazda champion, the team is currently 10th in the championship, and has served clear notice that its first victory is not too far in the future by running at the front and setting the fastest lap in the two most recent events.
McDowell has the added advantage of having run this race last year, finishing 6th in a Grand Am Cup Porsche 996.
"Although this will be my first Daytona Prototype start here, I do know the course quite well, and Memo and I will be working closely with the team to devise the best strategy for the race," says the 20 year-old native of Phoenix, Arizona. "It's a very tricky, technical track with a lot of blind turns and elevation changes, but that's my favorite kind of racetrack and I can't wait for my turn behind the wheel tomorrow."
The 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant is scheduled to take the green flag at 11:00 am, Saturday, May 21. The race will be broadcast live on the SPEED Channel beginning at 11:00 am Eastern Time.