Pecorari Sets New Lap Record in Qualifying at Mid-Ohio LEXINGTON, OHIO (June 25, 2004) - Adam Pecorari, of Aston, Pa., captured the pole position for Round Nine of the Formula Ford Zetec Championship, part of the Cooper Tires Championship...
Pecorari Sets New Lap Record in Qualifying at Mid-Ohio
LEXINGTON, OHIO (June 25, 2004) - Adam Pecorari, of Aston, Pa., captured the pole position for Round Nine of the Formula Ford Zetec Championship, part of the Cooper Tires Championship Series, at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Completing the top-three is Andrew Prendeville, of Monroeville, Pa. and Wade Cunningham, of Auckland, New Zealand.
Following a wet practice session earlier in the day, the Zetec Championship cars took to the 2.258-mile road course late in the day for qualifying. Setting the grid for the first race of the doubleheader, the drivers used the opening laps to get the Cooper Zeon tires up to optimal temperatures. Using the same setup as in testing earlier in the month, Pecorari immediately jumped to the top of the charts. Steadily getting quicker as the session progressed, Pecorari continued to lead the field, holding off challenges from his Andersen Walko teammate Prendeville and Cunningham, in the No. 2 RCC/WPL/Placemakers Mt. Wellington/Turbo Traders Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford. Just prior to the midway point of the session, Pecorari, in the No. 28 SAI Hydraulics Andersen Walko Racing Van Diemen Ford, set a new lap record, with a lap of 1:22.370 (98.686 MPH). At the checkered flag, Pecorari had captured his first career Zetec Championship pole position by five tenths of a second over Prendeville, in the No. 28 Racelink/Roos Racing School Andersen Walko Racing Van Diemen Ford.
"I didn't know how fast I had gone," said Pecorari, who had taped over his lap time display on his steering wheel. "The team just told me I was on pole. The Andersen Walko Racing team has given me a great car. After the test in May, we knew we had a good car, but it's great to get my first pole. I'm confident about the races, but we still have a lot of laps to run."
"The car was awesome," said Prendeville, who captured his first career pole position at Mid-Ohio in 2003. "Adam [Pecorari] drove a great lap, so I'm happy to be on the front-row, which is key here at Mid-Ohio."
"The circumstances just weren't right for the pole position today," said Cunningham, who returns to the Zetec Championship after missing the last two races because of a concussion. "We'll make improvements and go for the win tomorrow."
Completing the top-five in qualifying for Round Nine is Ian Lacy, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., in the No. 8 JDC Motorsports Van Diemen Ford and Bobby Wilson, of Dousman, Wisc., in the No. 3 Citrus Systems Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford. The green flag for Round Nine of the Formula Ford Zetec Championship is scheduled for 12:30 p.m., Saturday, June 26, 2004.