Montreal Friday qualifying summary

Spengler continues to set pace with provisional pole in Montreal; Quebec drivers take first and third while American Scott Jenkins captures second spot. Montreal, Quebec, Canada (August 23, 2002) Bruno Spengler of St. Hippolyte has picked up...

Spengler continues to set pace with provisional pole in Montreal; Quebec drivers take first and third while American Scott Jenkins captures second spot.

Montreal, Quebec, Canada (August 23, 2002) Bruno Spengler of St. Hippolyte has picked up from right where he left off by dominating both Fran-Am 2000 on-track sessions today at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. Spengler captured the provisional pole in today's third round of the 2002 Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship series at the Molson Indy Montreal with a time of 1:41.644 for an average speed of 95.947 miles per hour. Spengler's Team Basi/TCS Racing teammate Scott Jenkins took the second spot with a time of 1:42.741 (94.922 mph), followed by Trois-Rivieres' Marc-Antoine Camirand (1:42.861/94.811 mph).

"It feels so good to take the provisional pole in Montreal," said Spengler, who also topped the charts in this morning's practice session with a time of 1:43.242, and is coming off of a flag-to-flag victory at Mosport last weekend. "We made a few changes to the car and the track just came to us. This is a terrific place to race and I think the times will get even closer tomorrow."

"We've come a long way since last weekend at Mosport," said Jenkins, of Portland, Oregon, who was third quick this morning. "Bruno is doing an outstanding job, but we're gaining on him. He has a ton of experience with these cars and that seems to be helping him out quite a bit. But, we're not that far off, and we're heading in the right direction. Tomorrow should be good."

"I'm having a great time and really pushed the car hard," said Camirand, who is making his first appearance in the Fran-Am series this weekend in the #96 Bombardier/Gelles Racing entry. "I pushed a bit too hard about midway through the session and spun in turn seven. The battery was too low to restart the car, so I had to sit the rest out. But, everything feels good. These cars are terrific to drive, and I know we'll have a lot more to show tomorrow."

Gormely, Ontario's Dan McMullen set the fourth fastest time in his #15 Phillips Motorsports entry (1:43.997), followed by Vancouver race winner and series point leader Sean McIntosh in the #24 Lordco/Kirmac/PPG/Phillips Motorsports car (1:44.024). Tomorrow's Fran-Am on-track activities begin with practice at 11:30 am followed by the second round of qualifying at 5:05 pm.

The Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship is a cousin of Formula Renault in Europe, South America and China. Each Fran-Am 2000 race features a $25,000 Michelin International supported cash prize fund, with the overall series champion winning a ride with a leading Formula Renault team for the 2003 European series. Formula Renault is recognized worldwide as a primary feeder for the Formula One stars of tomorrow. Recent graduates include McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen (who went straight to Formula One from Formula Renault) as well as Sauber's Felipe Massa.

The Fran-Am 2000 race car features a spec-Tatuus carbon-fiber monocoque chassis, sealed 2.0-liter/186-horsepower motor (capable of running an entire season without a rebuild), 6-speed sequential gearbox, and spec-Michelin Sport racing tires.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen , Marc-Antoine Camirand , Felipe Massa , Bruno Spengler , Dan McMullen , Sean McIntosh
Teams Sauber