BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO (June 23, 2001) -- Devon Powell, of Port Perry, Ontario, captured the pole for this afternoon's Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series Three-Hour Race on his home track of Mosport International Raceway. Powell piloted the ...
BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO (June 23, 2001) -- Devon Powell, of Port Perry, Ontario, captured the pole for this afternoon's Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series Three-Hour Race on his home track of Mosport International Raceway. Powell piloted the Sunoco/Encompass-sponsored #11 Corvette Z06 of Powell Motorsports to a 1:29.067 lap time at 99.390 mph.
"We haven't had a lot of luck here," said Powell. "It's nice to start out on top. I think we are in good shape for this afternoon's race. We just need to keep the car in one piece and out of trouble."
The Corvette is the only car to capture multiple overall victories this season, with three wins thus far at Daytona, Watkins Glen and Mid-Ohio. Powell and co-driver Doug Goad, of Farmington Hills, Mich., currently hold the top-two positions in the Super Grand Sport (SGS) driver standings.
John Kohler, of Bradford, Pa., clocked the second-fastest lap during qualifying to earn a spot on the front row with a 1:30.613 lap in the Zippo Manufacturing-sponsored #47 Mustang Saleen SR of TF Racing. Doncaster/Multimatic also returned to the track to qualify fifth in the SGS class with its back-up Ford Mustang Cobra R after a collision with the wall during practice on Friday left the Telus/CIBC World Markets/Tim Hortons-sponsored #7 Mustang inoperable.
Terry Borcheller, of Phoenix, slid behind the wheel of the Merritt/Protrac-sponsored #0 Lexus IS 300 of Team Lexus for the first time this weekend during this morning's qualifying session. Despite not having any track time earlier in the weekend, Borcheller shaved nearly half a second off the Sport Touring (ST) track record with a 1:35.878 lap at 92.330 mph.
"I am surprised (that I broke the record)," said Borcheller, who flew in late Friday night from the Ferrari Challenge event at Lime Rock Park. "The car is really good, though. They had some problems with vibrations earlier in the season, but they got that solved. I think that helped with my confidence. It's hard to feel secure to push a car when you're in it and things are vibrating all around you. Not having any track time, my approach today was to go out and relax."
Team Lexus debuted its pair of new Lexus IS 300s in April at Phoenix International Raceway, but has yet to score a class victory this season.
The APR/Intrax-sponsored #04 Audi S4 of Istook/Aines Motorsports led the Grand Sport (GS) class during qualifying at the hands of John Rutherford IV, of Fort Worth, Texas. The Audi posted a 1:33.661 lap at 94.515 mph to lead the class, while its sister car, the #03 Audi S4, was forced to retire after qualifying with a blown engine.
Mike Fitzgerald, of Phoenix, recorded the fastest lap in the Compact 2000 (C2K) class during qualifying. His 1:36.899 lap in the Orison-sponsored #42 Acura Integra GSR of Planet Earth Motorsports edged him past teammate Wayne Nonnamaker, of North Canton, Ohio, in the CompTech Sport-sponsored #41 Acura Integra GSR who clocked the second-fastest time in the class.
The green flag will fall on the Grand-Am Cup Three-Hour Race at Mosport International Raceway at 3 p.m. ET this afternoon.