SCC: Homestead: Qualifying notes

Davis Pilots Foxhill Porsche to Pole in Miami. Argetsinger, Halsmer Break GS II, ST I track records. MIAMI, Fla. (April 12, 2003) -- In only his second Grand-Am Cup start, Andrew Davis will lead the field to the green flag at the start of ...

Davis Pilots Foxhill Porsche to Pole in Miami.
Argetsinger, Halsmer Break GS II, ST I track records.

MIAMI, Fla. (April 12, 2003) -- In only his second Grand-Am Cup start, Andrew Davis will lead the field to the green flag at the start of Sunday's Miami 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Davis captured the pole position in the Foxhill Racing #79 Porsche GT3 Cup after turning a 1:26.676 lap at 99.682 mph on the 2.4-mile road course.

"Winning the pole is really an honor because of how new the team is. I knew this morning that I had a chance to be quick in qualifying once we got the new tires on the car. I think we are in good shape for the race," said 24-year-old Davis. "Daytona was our first race in the series. We suffered from some braking issues and finished 10th. We did some testing in the downtime between races and worked out those issues."

While Davis is happy to be starting up front, he knows he will have some fierce competition breathing down his back when the green flag drops at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. "This is the most challenging series out there. I run in lots of other racing series, and I can't think of any more competitive than Grand-Am Cup. There are so many great drivers that come race in this series, and the racing here is tighter than anywhere else," he remarked.

One of the drivers gunning for Davis as they dive into turn one will be Greg Wilkins in the #7 Porsche of Doncaster Racing. Wilkins will start in the outside pole position after turning a 99.284 mph lap in 1:27.023. Michael Levitas will start the TPC Racing #18 Porsche in the number three position with points-leader Robert Julien beside him in Doncaster's #119 Porsche.

Peter Argetsinger, of nearby Weston, Fla., broke the track record in the Grand Sport II class with his fast lap of 1:31.550 at 94.375 mph at the wheel of Michael Baughman Racing's #46 Firebird. Argetsinger topped the previous record held by another local driver, David Haskell of Plantation, Fla., by 0.264 seconds.

"All the cars (in GS II) have their strengths and weaknesses. Our strength at this track is on the banking with our good horsepower, but the Porsches are lighter and have an easier time with the corners in the infield. It will definitely make for a good race on Sunday," noted Argetsinger.

The Porsches will not be the Firebird's only tough competition in the GS II class as the #30 Mustang Cobra R of Frederick Motorsports will start behind the Firebird after clocking the second fastest time in the class.

Pete Halsmer will lead the Sport Touring I class to the green flag in Sunday's race after setting a new Sport Touring I track record. Halsmer picked up the record with his 90.443 mph lap in 1:35.530 in the Honda of America Racing Team (HART) #00 Acura RSX-S. Despite breaking Mike Keravich III's previous record by 0.110 seconds, Halsmer was still surprised that he was quickest in the ST I class.

"I'm surprised that we took the pole with that time, but we'll take it," commented Halsmer. "It's a very competitive class. The BMWs and Minis were quicker than us in practice. The Lexus team is always right there, and the old Integras aren't doing too bad either. It's anybody's race to win."

Ian James will start the #2 Lexus IS 300 of Team Lexus beside Halsmer after turning a 1:35.686 lap at 90.295 mph.

Bill Fenton clocked the fastest qualifying lap in the Sport Touring II class for the second-straight race. He turned a 1:42.219 lap at 84.524 mph at the wheel of the Bill Fenton Motorsports #27 Acura Integra LS. "I'm really glad that we had three practice sessions today, because I didn't get to make it to the test day yesterday. That third session really helped," explained Fenton.

Fenton will start along side his team's other ST II entry, as Bob Henderson had the second quickest ST II lap time in the Bill Fenton Motorsports #29 Acura Integra LS.

The Miami 250 will get underway at Homestead-Miami Speedway at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available at the gate for only $10.

Additional information about the Miami 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the Grand-Am Cup Series is available online at www.grandamerican.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Pete Halsmer , Ian James , David Haskell , Robert Julien , Andrew Davis , Michael Baughman , Bob Henderson , Bill Fenton , Peter Argetsinger
Teams HART