Rains Wash Out Qualifying; Lexus On Pole at The Glen WATKINS GLEN, NY (Aug. 12, 2004) - Rain washed-out qualifying for Friday's Grand-American Rolex Series Sahlen's 200 at The Glen, but the starting grid will have a very familiar look with Max...
Rains Wash Out Qualifying; Lexus On Pole at The Glen
WATKINS GLEN, NY (Aug. 12, 2004) - Rain washed-out qualifying for Friday's Grand-American Rolex Series Sahlen's 200 at The Glen, but the starting grid will have a very familiar look with Max Papis and Scott Pruett's CompUSA Lexus starting from the pole position for the seventh time in eight 2004 races. Due to the rain, the grid was based on Daytona Prototype team points with series co-leaders Papis and Pruett taking the honors.
The duo will be going for their second consecutive win following last weekend's victory at Mid-Ohio and their fourth win in the last four races. The pair also won earlier this year at Watkins Glen, but the June triumph came on the longer 3.4-mile course, while Friday's race will take place on the 2.45-mile short course. Ironically, the earlier Watkins Glen race was the only event this season that Papis and Pruett haven't started from the pole position.
The Ganassi drivers will have a pair of Lexus-powered cars joining them in the top-five with Michael Shank Racing's Oswaldo Negri and Burt Frisselle starting fourth and Doran-Lista Racing's Didier Theys and Jan Magnussen in the fifth position. Magnussen's return should give the Doran-Lista team a boost this weekend as the team has been in contention in each of the three races he's co-driven in this year with a second at Mont-Tremblant and a fifth at Watkins Glen. Friday's race will mark his first time back in the car since six-hour race at Watkins Glen in June.
In addition to his Rolex Series efforts, Pruett will also be looking for his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series victory this weekend at Watkins Glen. He finished second in the race a year ago.
The Sahlen's 200 at The Glen takes the green flag shortly after NASCAR NEXTEL Cup qualifying concludes on Friday. The race will feature same-day coverage on SPEED Channel beginning at 10 p.m. ET.