Cunningham Retains Pole at Laguna Seca MONTEREY, CALIF. (May 1, 2004) - Wade Cunningham, of New Zealand, captured the pole position for Round Five of the Formula Ford Zetec Championship, part of the Cooper Tires Championship Series, at Mazda ...
Cunningham Retains Pole at Laguna Seca
MONTEREY, CALIF. (May 1, 2004) - Wade Cunningham, of New Zealand, captured the pole position for Round Five of the Formula Ford Zetec Championship, part of the Cooper Tires Championship Series, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Completing the top-three is Ian Lacy, of Lake Havasu City, Ari., and Andrew Prendeville, of Monroeville, Pa.
NOTE: Following qualifying on Friday, Cooper Series officials made the decision to nullify the results of the session, due to the discovery of tire irregularities. In conjunction with the decision, the originally scheduled second qualifying session for race two on Saturday morning was converted to qualifying for race one.
In hot conditions, the Zetec Championship took to the track early Saturday morning. Following the opening laps, to get the sticker tires up to ideal operating temperatures, the fight for the pole position got underway. As in previous sessions, several teams elected to have their drivers run together. Displaying the speed show on Friday, Cunningham moved to the top of the charts early in the session. Driving the No. 2 RCC/WPL/Placemakers Mt. Wellington/Turbo Traders Cape MotorsportsVan Diemen Ford, Cunningham maintained the top position until the midway point of the session, when Prendeville bettered his time. Almost immediately after posting the fastest time in the No. 25 Racelink/Roos Racing School Andersen Walko Racing Van Diemen Ford, Prendeville's time was beaten by Lacy, in the No. 7 JDC Motorsports Van Diemen Ford. After pitting to make changes to the car setup, several drivers set about trying to better Lacy's fast time. Late in the session, Cunningham retook the pole position with a lap of 1:26.998 (92.609 MPH). At the checkered flag, Cunningham had captured his third consecutive pole position ahead of Lacy and Prendeville, who missed the late stages of the session with a broken suspension.
"The car setup wasn't ideal," said Cunningham, who was the only driver to post a sub 1:27 lap. "We made some changes as the session progressed and I made the most of what the car gave me. We'll see what happens in the race."
Completing the top-five in qualifying is Bobby Wilson, of Dousman, Wisc., in the No. 3 Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford and Jason Bowles, Ontario, Calif., in the No. 23 PR1 Motorsports JDC Motorsports Van Diemen Ford. Green flag for Round Five of the Formula Ford Zetec Championship is scheduled to fall at 4:10 p.m., Saturday, May 1, 2004.