Watkins Glen II: Qualifying summary

Theys captures Bully Hill Vineyards 250 pole with new track record. WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 8, 2002) -- Didier Theys broke Watkins Glen International's 'short' course track en route to capturing the pole position for Friday's Bully Hill ...

Theys captures Bully Hill Vineyards 250 pole with new track record.

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 8, 2002) -- Didier Theys broke Watkins Glen International's 'short' course track en route to capturing the pole position for Friday's Bully Hill Vineyards 250. Theys, the current SRP points leader, piloted the Doran Lista Racing #27 Judd-powered Dallara to a 140.245 mph lap in 1:02.245 around the 2.45-mile 'short' course at The Glen. The lap bested the previous record by 0.726 seconds set by Doran Lista's Mauro Baldi last year.

Butch Leitzinger, who broke The Glen's 'long' course record at the 6 Hours of The Glen earlier in the season, will start the Dyson Racing Team #20 Ford Riley & Scott on the outside pole after his 139.029 mph lap in 1:03.440, also faster than the previous record. Dyson's #16 Ford had the third-quickest time with James Weaver clocking a 138.791 mph lap in 1:03.549.

Terry Borcheller took the SportsRacing Prototype II pole and track record with his 130.934 mph lap in 1:07.362 in the #8 Nissan-engine Lola of Rand Racing, while Marino Franchetti, younger brother of CART racer Dario, posted the second-fastest time in the class with a 128.140 mph lap in 1:08.831.

The G&W Motorsports/Momentum Motorcars #70 BMW Picchio will start from the rear of the grid after an irregular air intake box was discovered in post-qualifying technical inspection.

Tommy Riggins led the American GT class and also broke the class' track record in the #48 Mustang of Heritage Motorsports. Riggins recorded a 123.334 mph lap in 1:11.513 to top the record by 0.376 seconds set by Doug Goad last season.

Andrew Richards will start the Computer Associates #46 Corvette of Morgan Dollar Motorsports second in the AGT class, while the team's second Corvette will start at the rear after losing its second motor of the day on its first qualifying lap.

Bill Auberlen will lead the GT class in Friday's race after breaking the class track record. Auberlen piloted the Ferrari of Washington #33 Ferrari 360GT to a 121.324 mph lap in 1:12.698.

His closest competition for the GT pole was the Perspective Racing #24 Mosler MT900R, which recorded a 121.202 mph lap before Joao Barbosa lost control of the car as it turned onto the front stretch. The Mosler hit the foam wall and suffered severe damage, causing an extended stoppage during qualifying for clean up of the track.

Chris Bingham took the GTS pole in the #5 Saleen S7R with his 123.715 mph lap in 1:11.293.

The Rolex Sports Car Series will hold a happy hour practice session from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. this evening, and the Bully Hill Vineyards 250 will begin following the NASCAR Winston Cup Bud Pole qualifying for the Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen and NASCAR Busch North Series happy hour practice on Friday evening.

Tickets are currently on sale for the event and may be purchased online at www.theglen.com or by calling The Glen's ticket office at 607-535-2481. Additional information on the Rolex Sports Car Series is available online at www.grand-am.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Chris Bingham , Butch Leitzinger , James Weaver , Didier Theys , Bill Auberlen , Mauro Baldi , Doug Goad , Terry Borcheller , Joao Barbosa , Tommy Riggins
Teams Dyson Racing