Murry Claims Pole for Le Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres Espenlaub Best Among Street Tuner Qualifiers TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, Canada (August 5, 2006) -- David Murry logged a qualifying-best lap at 1:12.036 (76.012 mph) in the No. 33 Playboy Racing...
Murry Claims Pole for Le Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres
Espenlaub Best Among Street Tuner Qualifiers
TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, Canada (August 5, 2006) -- David Murry logged a qualifying-best lap at 1:12.036 (76.012 mph) in the No. 33 Playboy Racing Nissan 350Z and will start from the pole position in Sunday's Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, Round 8 of the 10-race 2006 Grand-Am Cup Series schedule.
Murry is pulling double-duty tomorrow, starting the No. 33 machine he is sharing with Tomy Drissi and finishing the race in the No. 35 Playboy Racing Nissan 350Z that Mike Borkowski qualified in sixth. Murry scored his first Grand-Am Cup victory of the season in a Playboy Racing Nissan at Virginia International Raceway in April with Blake Rosser.
"The car feels good and the team is excellent," Murry said. "We've made very few changes and everyone has been doing a great job. I want to thank everyone at Playboy and congratulate them on their first pole. I'm looking forward to driving both cars because I love this track. It is unique and very challenging."
Anders Hainer will start second in the No. 97 Under Armour BMW M3 after posting his best lap at 1:12.055 (75.992 mph). Hainer is sharing the No. 97 machine this weekend with BMW factory driver Joey Hand, who is subbing for regular co-driver Boris Said, who is competing in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series this weekend. Hainer is currently one point behind Grand Sport class leaders Bill Auberlen and Chris Gleason in the championship standings (168-167).
Canadian Alex Tagliani qualified third in the No. 4 USG Sheetrock/Ramset Tools Ford Mustang GT with a lap time of 1:12.131 (75.912 mph). Tagliani, a regular competitor in the Champ Car World Series, is sharing the No. 4 machine with fellow Canadian Valerie Limoges.
The green flag drops on Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres on Sunday, August 6 at 3:15 p.m. ET, and is scheduled to be a 150-mile, 99-lap event around the 1.52-mile temporary street circuit.
Charles Espenlaub will start from the pole position in this afternoon's 150-mile Street Tuner class event after posting a qualifying best time of 1:14.708 (73.293 mph) in the No. 142 DavisAcura.com Acura RSX-S. Espenlaub is sharing the machine this afternoon with Anthony Serra.
"This Davis Motorsports team has been on the ball all weekend," Espenlaub said. "With three cars running this afternoon, the team can try different things on the setup and they usually work. I've always had a great time here and the fans are impressive. It's only my second race with the team, but already, I see how good they are. I want to dedicate this pole to my good friend Mark Palmer, who recently passed away"
No. 95 Turner Motorsport BMW M3 co-driver Don Salama will start from the outside of the first row after logging his best lap time at 1:14.982 (73.026 mph). Salama and co-driver Will Turner currently trail No. 01 Clearscada/GM Performance Division Chevrolet Cobalt co-drivers Eric Curran and Jamie Holtom in the ST class point standings by just nine points (401-392). The No. 01 Cobalt will start fifth in today's race.
Quebec favorite Benoit Theetge will start third in the No. 173 Castrol/Wynn's Acura TSX with a lap time of 1:15.092 (72.919 mph). Theetge is co-driving with Peter Cunningham.
The Street Tuner class takes the green flag in a stand-alone 150-mile event at 1:35 p.m. ET.