Watkins Glen II: Lexus qualifying report

DIAZ PUTS COMPUSA LEXUS ON SECOND ROW IN CROWN ROYAL 200 QUALIFYING WATKINS GLEN, NY (Aug. 10, 2006) -- Luis Diaz qualified fourth in his ...

DIAZ PUTS COMPUSA LEXUS ON SECOND ROW IN CROWN ROYAL 200 QUALIFYING

WATKINS GLEN, NY (Aug. 10, 2006) -- Luis Diaz qualified fourth in his #01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley as the highest qualifying Lexus-powered car for Friday night's Crown Royal 200 at Watkins Glen International.

The Lexus-powered teams continue to make progress in the area of chassis set-up to go hand-and-hand with the new Lexus 5.0-liter engine, which will make just its second start of the season this weekend.

"I would guess we've made 30 percent progress with the chassis/engine set-up since the last race," said Diaz, who will team with Scott Pruett. "We have a good starting spot for tomorrow. The engine keeps making gains along with the progress we're making with the chassis. The increased fuel mileage should be a great benefit for the race."

Mark Patterson occupied the second spot among the Lexus-powered drivers with a 16th for Michael Shank Racing (MSR) in the #60 Flight Options Lexus-Riley. Patterson will be joined by long-time teammate Oswaldo Negri on Friday.

Burt Frisselle made his MSR debut in qualifying today with a 19th in the #6 Playboy Racing/Mears Lexus-Riley. Frisselle campaigned with the team during the 2004 season. He'll team with Mike Borkowski for the race. Borkowski, a graduate of nearby Cornell, has finished sixth and seventh in the past two races.

-credit: lexus motorsports

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Burt Frisselle , Mike Borkowski , Mark Patterson , Michael Shank
Teams Michael Shank Racing