SBRS: Laguna Seca Friday qualifying

Not much happened in the first 26 minutes of the first qualifying session for round 10 of the Barber Dodge Pro Series at Laguna Seca Raceway. The session was punctuated with a few off course excursions that ground the qualifying to a halt twice.

Not much happened in the first 26 minutes of the first qualifying session for round 10 of the Barber Dodge Pro Series at Laguna Seca Raceway. The session was punctuated with a few off course excursions that ground the qualifying to a halt twice. The last stoppage occurred when point's leader Jon Fogarty lost control of his car when trying to get around slower traffic. Emerging unscathed, he held the provisional pole. When his car was removed, there were but four and half minutes remaining in the session, good for at least one, and possibly for some, two flying laps.

Vancouver race winner Matt Plumb was the first to snatch the provisional pole only to have Nilton Rossoni claim it next. Both of those drivers were able to start another flying lap before the checkered flag flew. Plumb was the first to reappear on the front straight. As he streaked beneath the checkered flag, he tripped the clock quicker than Rossoni. No sooner had the timing and scoring screens flashed Plumbs time, 1:27.160 sec, when Rossoni once again came through to lower the standard. His time around the 2.238-mile circuit was recorded in 1:26.791 sec.

"Due to the black flags we really couldn't do much," opined Rossoni who drives the No. 36 Oil Extreme Dodge Reynard. "We made some changes to the car and in the last two laps I was able to put some temperature into the tires and do one fast lap. It wasn't a great lap and I think that everybody is going to be faster tomorrow."

Plumb in the No. 17 CAM 2 Reynard continues to exude confidence. Prior to the last stoppage, he found himself midfield. In the final four minutes he found the speed he needed.

"I went off the road in turn-9 on my fastest lap," said Plumb. "Fortunately it all came together, but it came together a little better for Nilton."

Koster improved his time as well in the latter stages of the session as did fourth-placed Jamie Menninga and fifth-placed Michael Valiante. None were quick enough however to displace Rossoni nor Plumb as they too got the job done on their final tour of the circuit.

"I struggled a bit to get temperature into the tires and my car wasn't up to speed when the checkered flag fell. But I'm happy with the position, and we'll see what tomorrow brings. I think I'll be quite a bit faster," said the Blue Bay Curacao Golf Resorts driver, Koster.

Just what tomorrow will bring is anyone's guess. Today's first session was run at the end of the day under substantially reduced air and track temperatures that generally produce faster times. The final session will kick off right under the height of the midday sun at 12:10 p.m. amid the power and traction sapping heat. Whatever the case, expect it to be one of the most intense qualifying sessions of the year as the fight for the $300,000 Career Enhancement looms in the distance.

Provisional Qualifying Results Barber Dodge Pro Series Round 10, Laguna Seca Raceway

1. Nilton Rossoni, 1:26.791 2. Matt Plumb, 1:27.160 3. Sepp Koster, 1:27.402 4. Jamie Menninga, 1:27.643 5. Michael Valiante, 1:28.016 6. Jon Fogarty, 1:28.299 7. Andre Nicastro, 1:28.508 8. Roger Yasukawa, 1:28.539 9. Thed Bjork, 1:28.581 10. Marc Breueres, 1:28.786 11. Brent Sherman, 1:28.854 12. Ryan Hunter-Reay, 1:29.085 13. Kip Gulseth, 1:29.167 14. Jon Vannini, 1:29.444 15. Peter Boss, 1;29.588 16. Andy Lally, 1:29.675 17. Alexandre Sperafico, 1:29.810 18. Tom Fogarty, 1:29.951 19. Jeff Gleen, 1:30.003 20. Davy Cook, 1:30.206 21. Sara Senske, 1:30.267 22. Scott Mayer, 1:30.576 23. Rhonda Trammell, 1:30.700 24. John Hall, 1:31.767 25. Jay Ricci, 1:34.507 26. Keith Dusko, 1:37.934 27. Ryan Howe, 1:46.510

-George Tamayo

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Peter Boss , Jon Fogarty , Michael Valiante , Jay Ricci , Andy Lally , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Brent Sherman , Davy Cook , Tom Fogarty , John Hall , Roger Yasukawa , Jon Vannini , Nilton Rossoni , Thed Björk , Sepp Koster , Rhonda Trammell , Scott Mayer , Matt Plumb