Rice pilots Miracle Motorsports to best qualifying position to date. April 19, 2002 -- Phoenix's Buddy Rice aboard the ...
Rice pilots Miracle Motorsports to best qualifying position to date.
April 19, 2002 -- Phoenix's Buddy Rice aboard the #6 Miracle Motorsports Ford Riley & Scott, piloted the entry to the best qualifying position to date, outside pole position. Starting on the pole for Saturday's United Auto 200 will be James Weaver in the #16 Dyson Racing entry. The #37 Banana Joe's Judd Lola driver Jon Field qualified third. Barely seventh-tenths of a second separated the first four cars, Weaver with a time of 53.2 seconds was followed closely by Rice with a 53.7.
Rice has been impressive in only his second start in the Miracle Motorsports Ford. Despite having to miss most of Friday morning's practice session as the crew replaced the car's clutch, he put in a good showing. "Coming into qualifying we had a pretty good car. We made some minor changes to the car, but we needed to balance out what we had changed a little bit so we came in, made two little changes. We made an aero change and a shock adjustment and went back out and that ended up putting us on the front row," Rice explained. "We're happy with that, maybe we could have done a little bit better, if we had hit more of the first session."
John Macaluso, team owner and driver, stated, "We are looking forward to a very good race. We missed a majority of the early session Friday, but the guys did a great job getting Buddy out in the car for the last few laps of the session."
To hear Buddy Rice's qualifying audio and race results, visit Miracle Motorsports website at www.miraclemotorsports.com. To see live timing and scoring for Saturday's United Auto 200 from Phoenix International Raceway, log on to www.grand-am.com Saturday, April 20, 2002, 7pm Mountain Time.