NA-F2000: Road Atlanta qualifying report

Cunningham Captures Second Consecutive Pole at Road Atlanta BRASELTON, GA. (April 23, 2004) - Wade Cunningham, of New Zealand, captured the pole position for Round Three of the Formula Ford Zetec Championship, part of the Cooper Tires...

Cunningham Captures Second Consecutive Pole at Road Atlanta

BRASELTON, GA. (April 23, 2004) - Wade Cunningham, of New Zealand, captured the pole position for Round Three of the Formula Ford Zetec Championship, part of the Cooper Tires Championship Series, at Road Atlanta. Completing the top-three is Bobby Wilson, of Dousman, Wisc. and Andrew Prendeville, of Monroeville, Pa.

Originally planned for mid-afternoon, qualifying for the Zetec Championship was rescheduled to the last session of the day, after timing and scoring suffered a mechanical failure. Running a split session with the SCCA Sportscar Championship, qualifying was reduced to 20-minutes. Not wishing to risk failing to post a good time, all the Zetec Championship drivers attacked the 2.5-mile road course at the drop of the green flag. Within the completion of two laps, several drivers had bettered their times set in testing on Thursday. Getting the maximum potential from his Cooper Zeon tires, Cunningham, in the No. 2 RCC/WPL/Placemakers Mt Wellington/Turbo Traders Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, jumped to the top of the charts with the fastest lap of the weekend. Steadily getting quicker as the session progressed, Wilson, in the No. 3 Green-Keeper/RW Racing Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford moved into second position just prior to the halfway mark. After running second in the early stages, Prendeville, in the No. 25 Racelink/Roos Racing School Andersen Walko Racing Van Diemen Ford, posted a number of quick laps in the final moments of qualifying to secure third place. At the checkered flag, Cunningham had secured his second consecutive pole position, with a lap of 1:24.020 (107.117 MPH).

"I knew I had to push at the start to get the most from the track and my tires," said Cunningham, also captured the pole position at the season-opener in Sebring. "The team gave me a great car and once I got the quick lap in, I was pretty confident I could hold on to the pole. I'm looking forward to the race, as this sort of track really suits my driving style."

Completing the top-five in qualifying is Ian Baas, of Indianapolis, Ind., in the No. 4 Blossom Chevrolet Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford and Adam Pecorari, of Aston, Pa., in the No. 28 SAI Hydraulics Andersen Walko Van Diemen Ford. Green flag for Round Three of the Formula Ford Zetec Championship is scheduled to fall at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, April 24, 2004.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Andrew Prendeville , Ian Baas , Wade Cunningham , Bobby Wilson