SCC: Mid-Ohio: Qualifying report

Powell, Pfeffer take Mid-Ohio Twin 200s poles. LEXINGTON, Ohio (June 28, 2003) -- Devon Powell and Steve Pfeffer captured the pole positions for the Grand-Am Cup Series Mid-Ohio Twin 200s. Powell will lead the field in the Powell Motorsports ...

Powell, Pfeffer take Mid-Ohio Twin 200s poles.

LEXINGTON, Ohio (June 28, 2003) -- Devon Powell and Steve Pfeffer captured the pole positions for the Grand-Am Cup Series Mid-Ohio Twin 200s. Powell will lead the field in the Powell Motorsports #11 Sunoco Corvette to the green flag in Sunday afternoon's Grand Sport race, while Pfeffer will be in front in the TC Kline Racing #12 BMW Z4 during this afternoon's Sport Touring race.

Powell turned 1:32.996 lap at 87.410 mph to earn the Grand Sport pole position. "The Powell Motorsports Sunoco Corvette is good. We're not sure what to think about how the weekend is going to go. We'll just see how it goes. The Porsches consistently are very tough," said Powell. "We really need a breakthrough win. I'd like to go into our home event at Mosport with a win under our belt."

Points leader Robert Julien will start the Doncaster Racing #119 Kolter Property Porsche GT3 Cup from the outside pole position after his 1:33.019 lap at 87.389 mph.

Ohio-native Will Nonnamaker will lead the Grand Sport II class to the green flag during Sunday's Grand Sport race. He recorded a 1:37.739 lap at 83.168 mph to not only take the GS II pole, but also break the track record for the class. Nonnamaker bested the former record held by Benoit Theetge by 0.281 seconds at the wheel of the Planet Earth Motorsports #40 Orison Marketing/GoJo Porsche 911.

"We came down here about a month ago and did a test session. This being our home track and getting a whole day of testing right before this really paid off," said Nonnamaker. "We have a lot of family and friends here this week. Our sponsor GoJo, who is based out of Ohio, is coming here, so it's real exciting."

Pfeffer topped his own Sport Touring I track record en route to earning the pole for this afternoon's Sport Touring race. He clocked a 1:40.001 lap at 81.287 mph to improve upon his record by 0.314 seconds.

"We've been experiencing a little bit of a push this weekend. These tires and these cars are all working really hard for grip. I hope the tires are going to stay with us throughout the race and just keep coming in," said Pfeffer. "The weather is perfect and it's just a great day for racing. I'm really proud of the team for giving a car that allowed me to put it on the pole."

Pfeffer will start beside his teammate Beau Buisson in TC Kline Racing's #92 BMW Z4, much to the pleasure of team owner TC Kline of Columbus, Ohio. "This is amazing at our home track. It's a thrill. It's really special for us," said Kline. "We knew when we started with this that we would have handling cars, but not quite the power as the others. We felt that this would be our best track, and it certainly paid off for us today so far."

Howie Liebengood will start the HRPworld.com #43 King Motorsports/Pennzoil Acura Integra LS at the front of the ST II class during this afternoon's race. "The car was great and the track was good. You could throw a blanket over the first four or five guys (in this class), so it's going to be a real tough race for us," said Liebengood.

The Sport Touring race will get underway at 1:55 p.m. this afternoon and the Grand Sport race is schedule to begin at noon on Sunday.

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is located approximately halfway between Columbus and Cleveland, off Interstate 71. For event information and tickets, call 1-800-MID-OHIO or visit www.midohio.com.

For more information about the Rolex Series and Grand-Am Cup Series, visit www.grandamerican.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Will Nonnamaker , Devon Powell , Beau Buisson , Steve Pfeffer , Robert Julien , Howie Liebengood