Weaver captures pole for Nextel 250, breaks record

MIAMI, Fla. (March 2, 2001) - James Weaver picked up his second-straight pole position of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series season today during qualifying for Saturday's Nextel 250 being held at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Weaver broke the...

MIAMI, Fla. (March 2, 2001) - James Weaver picked up his second-straight pole position of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series season today during qualifying for Saturday's Nextel 250 being held at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Weaver broke the track record in the #16 Dyson Racing Team Ford Riley & Scott with a 1:10.460 lap at 122.623 mph. The time broke the previous track record, set by last year's winner Didier Theys, by .207 seconds.

The #74 Robinson Racing Judd Riley & Scott will start on the outside of the front row after Jack Baldwin clocked a 1:11.402 lap at 121.005 mph. Less than a tenth of a second behind the #74 was Intersport Racing's #37 Judd Lola with driver Jon Field clocking a 1:11.492 lap. Defending-champions Lista Doran Racing had the fourth-fastest time with Theys making a 1:12.524 lap.

Porsche Haus Racing's Nissan Lola secured the SRPII top spot with a 1:15.718 lap at 114.108 mph. Robert Julien piloted the #89 to the eighth position overall and front of the class. Archangel Motorsport Services' #21 and #22 Nissans rounded out the top-three in the SRPII class.

Joao Barbosa also picked up his second-straight X1-R "Run With The Best" Pole Award of the season in the GT class while shattering the track's qualifying record for the GT class. Barbosa piloted the #02 Morrison/Mosler Racing Mosler to a 1:19.951 lap at 108.066 mph, shaving nearly two seconds off the previous track record set at last year's Nextel 250.

The Flis Motorsports Team X1-R car had an amazing comeback today to capture the top position in the American GT class. Driver Craig Conway had only spent six laps in the team's new Corvette, but that was enough to capture them the fastest qualifying time in the class with 1:21.502 at 106.010 mph. The team had only a three weeks to prepare its new Corvette after retiring the previously run Camaro following its second-place finish at Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Fordahl Motorsports grabbed to top GTS spot with Chris Bingham driving the #5 Saleen S7R to a 1:18.367 lap at 110.250 mph. More information on the Rolex Sports Car Series and Nextel 250 is available online at www.grand-am.com.

-GrandAm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Chris Bingham , James Weaver , Didier Theys , Jon Field , Craig Conway , Jack Baldwin , Joao Barbosa , Robert Julien
Teams Dyson Racing , Doran Racing