SCC: VIR: Qualifying notes

Powell takes sixth pole of season. ALTON, Va. (October 3, 2003) -- Devon Powell earned his sixth Grand-Am Cup Series pole of the season during qualifying for the 3 Hours of VIR at Virginia International Raceway on Friday. Powell turned a...

Powell takes sixth pole of season.

ALTON, Va. (October 3, 2003) -- Devon Powell earned his sixth Grand-Am Cup Series pole of the season during qualifying for the 3 Hours of VIR at Virginia International Raceway on Friday. Powell turned a 2:00.337 lap in 97.825 mph in the Powell Motorsports No. 11 Corvette, shaving more than 2.5 seconds off the Grand Sport I track record set by Scott Maxwell last year.

"All the testing we did over the long break is really paying off. The Sunoco Powell Motorsports Corvette is really working well," said Powell, who has yet to score a win this season. "We are trying real hard to win a race. We've been snake bit. We're out of the championship, so all we can do is go for poles and wins. We've won poles, so now we've got to finish it off and win a race."

Michael Levitas will start the TPC Racing No. 18 Porsche GT3 Cup in the outside pole position during Saturday afternoon's race. Levitas turned a 2:02.395 lap at 96.180 mph. Both Doncaster Racing Porsches will lineup on the second row. Jean-Francois Dumoulin put the points leading No. 119 Porsche in the third position, while Greg Wilkins piloted the No. 7 Porsche to the fourth-quickest time.

Mike Cronin grabbed his second-straight Grand Sport II pole in the No. 33 Nissan 350Z of Unitech Racing. Cronin recorded a 2:08.165 lap at 91.850 mph, besting the GS II track record of David Haskell by 1.8 seconds.

"This is a good car, it's very consistent. I've really struggled all morning, and I still didn't go as fast as I'd have liked. Still, it was fast enough for the pole," said Cronin. "I think our chances are pretty good. I've got to run good, consistent laps, have a good pit stop and finish up near the front. That's where we need to be. Hopefully, we'll have enough for the other hot rods tomorrow.

Dave Roush picked up his first-ever Sport Touring I pole at the wheel of the Honda of America Racing Team (HART) No. 00 Acura RSX-S. Roush turned a 2:11.093 lap at 89.799 mph, shattering the ST I track record set by Jonathan Bomarito in 2001 by nearly three seconds.

"The car is running great, but I'm surprised we won the pole. We were a little off in testing yesterday, but it shows what new Hoosiers will do," said Roush.

"This is my first time on the pole, and it feels great. It's great that Honda gave me this opportunity. Hopefully, they'll feel it was the right decision. With the points race the way it is, the team decided to split up John (Schmidt) and Pete (Halsmer). I'm looking forward to the race. I hope to run consistent times and give Pete a good car. If it's anywhere near the front, I'm sure he will get the job done."

Ed Magner scored his fourth Sport Touring II pole of the season during qualifying, clocking a 2:20.541 lap at 83.762 mph in the WTF Engineering No. 48 Chevy Cavalier.

"This is our fourth pole of the year. Now, we need a good finish to go with it. We've been struggling with a charging problem, but I think we got it fixed this morning," noted Magner.

The 3 Hours of VIR will get underway at 3 p.m., on Saturday. For more information on the VIR 400 event weekend, contact VIR at 888-RACE099 or visit the track's website at www.virclub.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Scott Maxwell , Devon Powell , David Haskell , Mike Cronin , Jean-Francois Dumoulin , Michael Levitas , Greg Wilkins
Teams HART