Phoenix: Qualifying report

Donohue grabs AJ's Fine Foods 250 pole. PHOENIX, Ariz. (May 2, 2003) -- David Donohue picked up his second-straight pole during qualifying today for Saturday night's AJ's Fine Foods 250 at Phoenix International Raceway. The driver of the Red...

Donohue grabs AJ's Fine Foods 250 pole.

PHOENIX, Ariz. (May 2, 2003) -- David Donohue picked up his second-straight pole during qualifying today for Saturday night's AJ's Fine Foods 250 at Phoenix International Raceway. The driver of the Red Bull #58 Porsche-powered FABCAR Daytona Prototype turned a 57.088 second lap at 95.221 mph to top Terry Borcheller, who will start the Bell Motorsports #54 BMW-powered Doran JE2 Daytona Prototype from the outside pole position.

"These new Daytona Prototypes really feel like race cars, as opposed to a GT or GTS car. They react to your input very quickly. They make a good amount of downforce, but not as much as the old prototypes, so they're a lot of fun to drive," said Donohue. "The big thing is when you look at the difference in designs we have out there and how close the field is, Grand-Am's done a marvelous job, much to my chagrin, making everybody pretty equal with such hugely diverse engines and chassis. I think there are a lot of people who will give a tip of the hat to Grand-Am for doing such a wonderful job so early in the game."

Phoenix resident Borcheller put together a 57.300 second lap at 94.859 mph to earn his second-straight front row start.

"We didn't do more than two consecutive laps, and every time we came in we changed different things. The car sometimes didn't get better because we're still learning what makes it better," said Borcheller. "But, we're going in a direction and it's a very positive direction. It's all about gathering information. It gave us good information for qualifying, it's not great, but it's good."

Darren Law, also of Phoenix, will start the G&W Motorsports #8 BMW-powered Picchio from the number three position.

Tommy Riggins posted the quickest lap time in the GTS class during qualifying for Saturday night's race. Riggins clocked a 58.612 second lap at 92.746 mph at the wheel of the Heritage Motorsports #48 Mustang.

"We've been working really hard on 'in the race setup' today. The last session was the first time we put stickers on the car," remarked Riggins. "Our fuel consumption is considerably higher than the other cars. Cautions can help us out, but if it comes out at the wrong time it can hurt."

Cort Wagner recorded the best lap in the GT class with his 1:00.440 minute lap at 89.940 mph despite the Ferrari of Washington #33 Ferrari 360 GT suffering from fuel pick up problems.

"I got lucky. It was just luck," remarked Wagner of the pole-winning lap late in the 15-minute qualifying session. "The car would sputter. It felt like it lost fuel. We just got lucky and squeaked out a lap with minimal fuel problems."

Tickets are still available for Saturday night's AJ's Fine Foods 250. They can be purchased at the gate or by logging on to www.phoenixinternationalraceway.com.

The AJ's Fine Foods 250 will be broadcast LIVE in SPEED Channel on Saturday, May 3 at 9 p.m. ET. Additional information on the Rolex Series and Grand-Am Cup is available online at www.grandamerican.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Terry Borcheller , Darren Law , David Donohue , Tommy Riggins , Cort Wagner