Mont-Tremblant: Qualifying report

Donohue captures fourth pole of season Riggins, Wagner win Acxiom Grand Touring Challenge bonuses MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec (September 20, 2003) -- David Donohue will lead the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series field to the green flag for ...

Donohue captures fourth pole of season
Riggins, Wagner win Acxiom Grand Touring Challenge bonuses

MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec (September 20, 2003) -- David Donohue will lead the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series field to the green flag for the fourth time this season during Sunday's 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant. Donohue turned a 1:30.225 lap at 105.736 mph at the wheel of the No. 58 Red Bull Porsche FABCAR Daytona Prototype of Brumos Racing.

"I'll have to admit that I ran a pretty good lap. I think I got almost 100 percent out of the car. All the Red Bull and Brumos guys have been wonderful. We have two of the top caliber drivers in the world helping us this weekend - Sascha (Maassen) and Max (Papis). Both of these guys fit right in. They have great chemistry with the team," said Donohue.

"This morning in the autograph session some of the fans mentioned that my father had great success here. On my last lap, I noticed a huge crowd. I just kept it nice and smooth, and I thought about my father on my last lap. I guess that is the first time that has ever happened. I was really hoping to hold onto the pole for that reason," he added.

Bill Auberlen will line up beside Donohue for the start of the race in the Doran-Lista Racing No. 27 Toyota Doran JE4 Daytona Prototype. Auberlen clocked a 1:30.837 lap at 105.023 mph to give the team a good start in defense of its 2002 victory at Mont-Tremblant.

"The car was much better than I thought it would be. There's more in it than I got out of it. The guys are doing so much with this car that it's hard for the drivers to keep pace with it. This is a great car to go racing with," said Auberlen. "Didier, Fredy and I all won here last year, so we know how to get there. The key will be not to make mistakes and go smooth and sensible."

Tommy Riggins and Cort Wagner both earned a $1,000 bonus from the Acxiom Grand Touring Challenge for earning the poles in the GTS and GT classes, respectively.

Riggins earned his eighth GTS pole of the season in the Heritage Motorsports No. 48 Mustang, clocking a 1:34.307 lap at 101.159 mph. The lap smashed the GTS track record set last year by Hugo Guenette by 4.816 seconds.

"We've been doing a lot of different things with the car, changing the set up. Joao (Barbosa) has been a big help, because he brings a fresh feel for the car," said Riggins. "Right now I think we have a good setup. I think we can maintain a strong pace for the six hours. Our challenge is going to be to keep it running."

Although Wagner picked up his seventh GT pole of the season in the Scuderia Ferrari of Washington No. 33 Ferrari 360GT, with his 1:35.720 lap at 99.666 mph, he was not entire happy with his qualifying lap.

"Actually, the car had less grip than in practice. The track felt slicker - either it was cooler or there was dust on the track. Our car is balanced, so I don't know why we didn't have more temperature in the tires. We were faster in practice than qualifying. We'll have to figure it out and be better tomorrow," remarked Wagner.

The green flag will fall on the six-hour enduro at 11 a.m. on Sunday. SPEED Channel will broadcast the start and finish of the race live. Opening coverage will begin at 11 a.m. ET and continue until 1 p.m. ET. SPEED Channel will return to the race at 3 p.m. ET and follow it through to the checkered flag at 5 p.m.

Zippo Live Timing & Scoring is available for all of the practice and qualifying sessions, as well as the races, on the official Grand American website - www.grandamerican.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Hugo Guénette , Bill Auberlen , David Donohue , Tommy Riggins , Cort Wagner