Powell shatters Grand-Am Cup track record to take Lexus Grand American 250 pole. FONTANA, Calif. (June 7, 2003) -- Devon Powell shattered the Grand-Am Cup Series qualifying track record on California Speedway's 2.8-mile, 21-turn road course to...
Powell shatters Grand-Am Cup track record to take Lexus Grand American 250 pole.
FONTANA, Calif. (June 7, 2003) -- Devon Powell shattered the Grand-Am Cup Series qualifying track record on California Speedway's 2.8-mile, 21-turn road course to take the pole for today's Lexus Grand American 250. Powell turned a 96.703 mph lap in 1:44.981 in the Powell Motorsports #11 Corvette to earn the Canadian his second pole of the 2003 season and top Darren Law's qualifying track record set last year by 2.823 seconds.
Fellow-Canadian Greg Wilkins will start this afternoon's race on the front row beside Powell. Wilkins clocked a 1:45.338 lap at 96.375 mph in Doncaster Racing's #7 Porsche GT3 Cup, while his teammate Robert Julien, in the points leading #119 Porsche, earned the number three spot on the starting grid with his 1:46.396 lap at 95.417 mph.
David Brown also put down a new Grand Sport II qualifying track record at the wheel of the Frederick Motorsports #30 Mustang. Brown took the record, en route to the top spot in the class, with his 1:51.502 lap at 91.048 mph, besting Sylvain Tremblay's qualifying track record by 0.906 seconds.
After picking up his first-ever Grand-Am Cup Series victory two weeks ago at Barber Motorsports Park, Scott Schlesinger earned his first Sport Touring I pole during qualifying for this afternoon's race. Schlesinger turned a 1:54.054 lap at 89.010 mph in the SpeedSource #68 Porsche Boxster to earn his spot at the front of the ST I class.
Ed Magner will lead the Sport Touring II class to the green flag in today's Lexus Grand American 250. Magner put together a 2:01.125 lap at 83.814 mph at the wheel of the WTF Engineering #48 Chevy Cavalier, setting a new track record for the class. Magner smashed Bill Fenton's qualifying record set last year by 2.715 seconds.
The Lexus Grand American 250 featuring the Grand-Am Cup Series will get underway at California Speedway at 1 p.m. today. Tickets for this afternoon's race are available at the gate or can be purchased by calling 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or logging onto www.californiaspeedway.com.
Zippo Live Timing & Scoring will be available free of charge during this afternoon's race on Grand American's official website - www.grandamerican.com. Today's Lexus Grand American 250 will be aired on SPEED Channel on Saturday, July 5 at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Additional information about the Grand-Am Cup Series is available on the Grand American website at www.grandamerican.com.
************************************************* Grand-Am CupQualifying Driver Quotes
Grand Sport I Class
No. 11 Powell Motorsports Corvette Z06, Devon Powell -- "It's not the best
lap I've ever had, but we are on the pole. We were on the pole last year,
so it's nice to repeat ourselves. The car was good but not exactly where I
want it to be. It was pretty consistent. On the record, it was good but it
could have been better. I had the draft of a couple of cars down the
frontstretch which probably helped but it also hurt my entrance into the
first corner because I was lower than I would have liked."
(Qualifying time of 1:44.981 -- new Series Qualifying Record)
No. 7 Doncaster Racing Porsche GT3 Cup, Greg Wilkins -- "The car was stable.
We had it trimmed out for the oval, and I think it paid off. It's driving
really well. I look forward to a good race. We have a neutral car and it's
performing really well. The track is set up well with the barriers. It's a
little bumpy but it makes it really interesting."
(Qualifying time of 1:45.338 -- second position)
Grand Sport II Class
No. 30 Frederick Motorsports Mustang Cobra R, David Brown -- "The new class
record -- it feels really great, awesome. I've got a great co-driver and a
good car builder in Frederick Motorsports. Every race has been ours to win
until the gremlins got us. We've got a super chance to win this race, but
our sister car with Brendan Mann and Steve McDonald are going to be right
there with us. We'll be fighting them for the win.
(Qualifying time of 1:51.502 -- new Class Record)
Sport Touring I Class
No. 68 SpeedSource Porsche Boxster, Scott Schlesinger -- (On his top
qualifying position) -- "It's great. You have to balance the car for all
different kinds of features of the track. It's fast, fun and challenging.
It's got such a great combination of aspects to it. An unbelievable
straightaway, along with a big NASCAR bowl and a twisty infield, so
everything has to be right for the car."
(Qualifying time of 1:54.054)
Sport Touring II Class
No. 48 WTF Engineering Chevrolet Cavalier Z-24, Ed Magner -- "This is the
first time all weekend we got the car to work. We put new tires on it and
got the ABS to start working finally. We got some good clean runs for the
first time. I've never been to this track before, so I really didn't know
what to expect."
(Qualifying time of 2:01.125)