Atlanta report 97-04-19

All Ferrari Front Row For NAPA Auto Parts Grand Prix of Atlanta Presented By Royal Purple Motor Oil 19 April, 1997 It's an all-Ferrari front row for tomorrow's NAPA Auto Parts Grand Prix of Atlanta Presented by Royal Purple Motor Oil, as...

All Ferrari Front Row For NAPA Auto Parts Grand Prix of Atlanta Presented By Royal Purple Motor Oil

19 April, 1997

It's an all-Ferrari front row for tomorrow's NAPA Auto Parts Grand Prix of Atlanta Presented by Royal Purple Motor Oil, as Fermin Velez, of Barcelona, Spain, was fastest and Andrea Montermini, of Milan, Italy was second fastest in Exxon World SportsCar Championship qualifying. Velez, driving the Royal Purple/Alta/Xcel Ferrari 333 SP, averaged 130.27 mph (1:09.640 lap time) on his fastest qualifying lap around 2.52-mile Road Atlanta road circuit in Braselton, Georgia. Velez will share the #3 Ferrari with Eduardo Dibos, of Peru. Montermini, aboard the MOMO/Yokohama Ferrari 333 SP, was close behind Velez with a fast lap of 129.64 mph (1:09.976 lap time). Montermini's co-driver is Antonio Hermann, of Brazil. Row two has James Weaver in the Goodyear/Bosch Ford R&S MK III, with a lap average of 129.25 mph (1:10.185 lap time), and Eliseo Salazar, of Chile, who's fast lap averaged 128.49 mph (1:10.603 lap time). Eighteen Exxon World SportsCars are entered for tomorrow's two-hour race, which is set to take the green flag at 2:45 pm eastern time. In Exxon Supreme GT Series Presented by Virgin Interactive qualifying, Stu Hayner put the GTS-1-class #91 Rock Valley Oil and Chemical Chevrolet Camaro on the pole for tomorrow's stand-alone GT race. Hayner, who will co-drive tomorrow with Roger Schramm, averaged 117.21 mph (1:17.393) around the hill-and-dale North Georgia circuit. Andy Wallace is outside row one in the #66 Panoz GTR1. His best lap was an average of 116.36 mph (1:17.961). His co-driver on Sunday is Doc Bundy. Martin Snow put his #56 Porsche 911 Turbo on the pole in GTS-2, with an average lap of 112.06 mph (1:20.955). He drive with Phillip Collin in tomorrow's race. The GTS-3 pole went to Henry Taleb in the #93 Ecuador Mobil 1 Nissan 240SX. He averaged 109.48 mph (1:22.862). His co-driver for Sunday's race is William Pace.

Tomorrow's two-hour Exxon Supreme GT Series Presented by Virgin Interactive race is scheduled to start at 12:00 pm eastern time.

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Series IMSA Others
Drivers Andy Wallace , James Weaver , Eliseo Salazar , Andrea Montermini , Martin Snow , Fermin Velez , Stu Hayner , Antonio Hermann , Doc Bundy , Roger Schramm