Grand-Am Cup Series Mosport 200 Pre-Race Notebook Pole-Winning No. 92 Anchor Racing BMW Moves To Rear of Grid BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada (June 18, 2005) -- Anchor Racing, which took the pole position on Friday for this afternoon's Grand-Am...
Grand-Am Cup Series Mosport 200 Pre-Race Notebook
Pole-Winning No. 92 Anchor Racing BMW Moves To Rear of Grid
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada (June 18, 2005) -- Anchor Racing, which took the pole position on Friday for this afternoon's Grand-Am Cup Series Mosport 200 with driver James Sofronas in the team's No. 92 BMW M3, has elected to change its starting driver for the race.
John Munson--who is also the team's owner and was unable to attend Friday's practice and qualifying sessions--has been named to start the No. 92 machine, and the car will be moved to the rear of the Grand Sport (GS) class starting grid for this afternoon's race as a result of the change.
"John normally starts the car for us," Sofronas said. "The only reason he wasn't in the car yesterday was because he couldn't be here. We've still got a great car for the race, and we've also got a great team with Anchor Racing. I'm confident that we'll be able to move up quickly."
With the No. 92 moving to the back, Gunnar Jeannette takes over the top spot on the grid in the No. 05 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Mustang GT. Live Timing & Scoring coverage of the Mosport 200 will be available on www.grandamerican.com beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET.
ZOOM MOTORSPORTS TOPS TIME SHEETS IN MOSPORT 200 WARM-UP
The No. 6 Zoom Motorsports/Brumos Porsche 996 of co-drivers Darren Law and Mike McCalmont was quickest in this morning's 15-minute warm-up session for the Mosport 200 with a best lap of 1:29.776 (98.605 mph). It was a good session for the Zoom Motorsports team, as the team's No. 16 BMW M3 co-driven by Alan Wortzman and Kenny Wilden was second in the session at 1:29.917 (98.451 mph).
Third-quickest was the No. 05 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Mustang GT of Gunnar Jeannette and David Empringham at 1:30.321 (98.010 mph), followed by the No. 07 Powell Motorsport Cadillac CTS-V of Normand Guindon and Marc-Antoine Camirand at 1:30.971 (97.310 mph) and the No. 99 Anchor Racing BMW M3 of Anders Hainer and Boris Said at 1:31.112 (97.160 mph).
SPEEDSOURCE RETURNS TO TOP OF SPORT TOURING TIME SHEETS IN WARM-UP
The 15-minute warm-up session saw the No. 70 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 of defending Sport Touring (ST) champions Sylvain Tremblay and David Haskell return to the top of the class speed charts with a lap at 1:34.176 (93.998 mph). The No. 27 Bill Fenton Motorsports Acura RSX-S of Eric Curran and Bob Endicott was second-quick with a lap at 1:35.481 (92.714 mph).
The pole-winning No. 00 Georgian Bay Motorsports Chevrolet Cobalt of Jim and Jamie Holtom posted the third-fastest time in the ST class with a lap at 1:35.730 (92.473 mph), followed by the No. 68 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 of Scott Schlesinger and Jeff Altenburg at 1:36.264 (91.960 mph). The No. 65 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 of Nick Fanelli and Jean-Francois Dumoulin rounded out the top five at 1:36.364 (91.864 mph).
BILL FENTON MOTORSPORTS WITHDRAWS NO. 29 ACURA FOLLOWING PRACTICE CRASH
In the afternoon practice session on Friday, Mike Liebl spun the No. 29 Bill Fenton Motorsports Acura RSX-S near the pit exit and made contact with the inside retaining wall. The car sustained substantial damage to its front bumper and bodywork, as well as damage to the left rear. As a result of the damage, the team has decided to withdraw the car from the race.