Foster Claims Fresh From Florida 200 Pole Kensai Racing Puts Acuras 1, 2 in ST Class DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 25, 2007) -- No. 55 Supercuts Ford Mustang GT co-driver Joe Foster logged a qualifying-best lap time of 2:01.846 (105.182 mph)...
Foster Claims Fresh From Florida 200 Pole
Kensai Racing Puts Acuras 1, 2 in ST Class
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 25, 2007) -- No. 55 Supercuts Ford Mustang GT co-driver Joe Foster logged a qualifying-best lap time of 2:01.846 (105.182 mph) and will lead the field to the green flag in Friday's Fresh From Florida 200 at Daytona International Speedway, Round 1 of the 2007 Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series.
Foster's best lap came on the last lap of the 15-minute session, topping a 2:02.199 (104.878 mph) laid down by defending Street Tuner class champion Don Salama in the No. 97 Turner Motorsport BMW M3. Foster is slated to share the No. 55 machine with Canada's Scott Maxwell, with the green flag expected to drop at 2:15 p.m. ET Friday afternoon.
"This is very exciting for me and the team," said Foster. "Conditions on the track have been changing throughout the day, and from what we expected, we thought we could go a little bit faster. This is definitely a Ford Mustang track, and with a few tracks on the schedule that aren't necessarily in our favor, we need to capitalize when we can."
Salama and co-driver Will Turner--who shared the ST championship a year ago--have jumped to the Grand Sport class in 2007, looking to continue the momentum the team built in 2006 when Turner cars swept both the GS and ST team and driver titles.
Bryan Ortiz-Soto logged the third-best lap time aboard the No. 80 Kinetic Motorsports BMW M3, posting a 2:02.604 (104.532 mph). Ortiz-Soto will share the No. 80 machine Friday with road racing ace Boris Said. Said scored one series victory a year ago, helping then-teammate Anders Hainer clinch the GS championship.
Tom Nastasi will start fourth in the Fresh From Florida 200 in the No. 5 Blackforest Motorsports Ford Mustang GT after posting a lap at 2:02.658 (104.486 mph), and Tom Long rounds out the top five in the No. 99 Fresh From Florida BMW M3 for Automatic Racing with a lap time of 2:02.903 (104.277 mph).
In the ST class, Kensai Racing put both of its Acura TSXs on the front row of the class grid for Friday's race, with Beau Buisson claiming the pole aboard the No. 75 machine with a lap time of 2:09.316 (99.106 mph), just ahead of teammate Karl Thomson's No. 76 Acura, which posted a 2:09.684 (98.825 mph) just moments later.
Buisson will share the Compass360.com/Skunk2 Racing/Hawk sponsored car with Travis Walker, looking to score victory in the season's first race. Thomson will co-pilot the No. 76 machine with Californian Billy Johnson.
"It's real important to stay ahead of this group of cars," said Buisson. "With three hours of racing and a lot of traffic on the track, we just need to avoid getting caught up in anything. The car is loving this track, and we'll be good for the race."
Nick Wittmer qualified third in the No. 32 i-MOTO Racing Acura TSX with a lap at 2:09.704 (98.810 mph), followed by David Thilenius in the No. 27 Bill Fenton Motorsports Acura RSX-S at 2:10.583 (98.144 mph).
Final practice for the KONI Challenge Series cars will take place from 10-10:45 a.m. Friday morning, with the three-hour season-opener scheduled to being at 2:15 p.m. ET. Live Timing & Scoring and a live audio webcast of the race can be found at www.grand-am.com.