Magnussen Qualifies Seventh for Sunday's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen in Doran-Lista DORAN JE4 Lexus WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., June 19 - Denmark's Jan Magnussen qualified seventh in class and overall in the Doran-Lista DORAN JE4 Lexus ...
Magnussen Qualifies Seventh for Sunday's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen in Doran-Lista DORAN JE4 Lexus
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., June 19 - Denmark's Jan Magnussen qualified seventh in class and overall in the Doran-Lista DORAN JE4 Lexus #27 Saturday afternoon at Watkins Glen International for tomorrow's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen Rolex series race.
He will share the car in tomorrow's race with Didier Theys of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Fredy Lienhard Sr. of Niederteufen, Switzerland.
His third of seven laps in the 15-minute qualifying session was his fastest, as he took only 1:47.268 to complete the 3.4-mile, 11-turn road course at an average speed of 114.107 mph on that circuit.
The SunTrust Racing Riley Pontiac continued to top the charts like it did in practice, as Max Angelelli earned the pole with a 1:43.602 (118.144 mph).
A DORAN JE4 was second, however, as the G&W Motorsports/Rx.com DORAN BMW of Cort Wagner, Brent Martini and Kelly Collins ran a 1:45.821 (115.667 mph).
The other two DORAN JE4s were fifth (Michael Shank Racing DORAN Lexus) and 16th (Bell Motorsports DORAN Pontiac).
"We need more speed," Magnussen said. "It's not something that we can fix overnight; it's most likely a combination of things. But it is a long race; all sorts of things can happen in the course of six hours. We have had no reliability issues so far, so hopefully we can still do well in the race tomorrow. The Doran-Lista crew is working really hard."
"We're just seeing the results of no testing, little practice time and a very competitive series," said team owner Kevin Doran. "We lost a practice session due to rain today. The Rolex series is very competitive; one little hiccough and you're tenth. The days of having a little problem and still running third are over because it's so competitive."
The race will be broadcast live on SPEED beginning at 11 a.m. tomorrow.
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