Phoenix: Doran-Lista qualifying report

Doran-Lista Dallara Judd to start fourth in UnitedAuto 200 at Phoenix. PHOENIX, April 19 - Didier Theys of Scottsdale, Ariz. put the Doran-Lista Dallara Judd on the grid in fourth position during qualifying Friday night for Saturday's UnitedAuto...

Doran-Lista Dallara Judd to start fourth in UnitedAuto 200 at Phoenix.

PHOENIX, April 19 - Didier Theys of Scottsdale, Ariz. put the Doran-Lista Dallara Judd on the grid in fourth position during qualifying Friday night for Saturday's UnitedAuto 200 Grand Am Rolex Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. He and young Fredy Lienhard Jr. of Santa Barbara, Calif. and Erlen, Switzerland will share the driving duties for Saturday night's race.

The Sports Racing Prototype class is so closely matched that barely seventh-tenths of a second separated the first four cars.

Theys only took 53.937 seconds to make his way around Phoenix's 1.51-mile road course in the white and red #27, which works out to an average speed of 100.784 mph.

That was the best lap the team has done so far here at Phoenix this year. It ran at an average speed of 97.49 mph in practice Thursday and 96.29 mph and 99.17 mph during the two practice sessions on Friday prior to qualifications.

The Dyson team of James Weaver and Chris Dyson brought its Riley & Scott Ford here to Phoenix instead of its Crawford and Weaver took the pole with a lap at 102.154 mph. That team has led every practice session here so far this weekend.

Buddy Rice and John Macaluso were second in the Miracle Motorsports Riley & Scott Ford. Jon Field and Rick Sutherland were third in the Intersport Lola Judd.

"The infield sections of the course are very tight here, and in the infield we are really lacking grip," Theys explained. "The course is also quite bumpy, and our car doesn't like to be high up to go over the bumps.

"In turn three and four of the oval we're really quite good, and the balance of the car overall is good, but Weaver and Rice's Riley and Scotts are quite a bit faster than we are in the infield.

"The Riley & Scott chassis was designed for this type of track, and our Dallara was really designed for a much faster track," Theys elaborated. "We knew going into this race that this would be the case, but it's even more than we thought.

"We'll put more downforce on the car in the practice on Saturday before the race to see if that helps, but this is really not our type of track," Theys added. "We are much better at faster tracks like Daytona. We'll also be much better at Watkins Glen than we are here."

The 200-mile/133 lap race, which has a three-hour time limit, is scheduled to get the green flag at 7 p.m. Phoenix time tomorrow night.

Speed Channel plans to broadcast the event on a taped-delayed basis from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern time on April 27, with a re-airing on April 29 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers James Weaver , Didier Theys , Fredy Lienhard , Jon Field , John Macaluso , Buddy Rice , Rick Sutherland , Chris Dyson