SBRS: Road America Plumb steals provisional P1

(ELKHART LAKE, Wisc.) Aug.18, 2000 –Barber Dodge Pro Series drivers had a little more than 12 minutes to establish the grid for round 8 at Road America in support of the CART FedEx Motorola 220. The provisional pole qualifying session was ...

(ELKHART LAKE, Wisc.) Aug.18, 2000 –Barber Dodge Pro Series drivers had a little more than 12 minutes to establish the grid for round 8 at Road America in support of the CART FedEx Motorola 220. The provisional pole qualifying session was abbreviated by nearly 20 minutes of track repair following an incident in the Champ Car practice, which preceded the session. In spite of the shortened session, Matt Plumb of Unionville, Penn., took the provisional pole and set a new unofficial qualifying record in the process. Plumb’s quickest lap came on the fifth of five run as he circled the 4-mile road course in 2:12.805 sec. for an average speed of 109.731 mph.

In fact, the first eight qualifiers all set times below the previous qualifying record of 2:13.925 sec. including the record holder himself Nilton Rossoni. He was second quick only 0.036 sec off of Plumb’s time. Jamie Menninga continues to show his qualifying form, placing third in the session hot on the heels of Rossoni.

“It was just one of those laps,” said Plumb of his fast lap in his red and white No. 17 Cam 2 Barber Dodge Reynard. “I caught up to Nilton (Rossoni) coming out of turn three. He was on a cool down lap and moved over for me, and when I got through the Carousel, I knew this was something pretty special. I took it easy for the last couple of turns to make sure I didn’t toss it off the road. Depending on the track conditions tomorrow there’s a good chance I can go faster.”

Rossoni was pleased with the results of the session not least because his principal rivals for the Barber Dodge Pro Series Championship, Sepp Koster and Jon Fogarty are behind him in seventh and eight place respectively. Still he knows that there is still another session remaining and that anything could change.

“I think the (time) gaps today are not reality. This series is really close and two seconds is too much of a difference in the field. I know that everyone is going to improve their times,” said Rossoni, driver of the No. 36 Foster Group Reynard. “I was lucky in that we guessed on the set-up and it worked pretty well.”

Like Plumb, Menninga set his quickest lap on his fifth and final tour of the circuit. Having been quick throughout the most of the session knows that there is still more speed in the Event Marketing Enterprises Barber Dodge.

“Tomorrow’s another day for all of us. It’s pretty close. One-tenth of a second on a four-mile track can’t get much closer,” said Menninga. “Overall I’m much more focused this year, thinking things through more instead of just pushing harder.”

Final qualifying is set for Saturday afternoon at 12:05 CDT. Five minutes were added to the 30-minute session in an effort to make up some of the time lost today. Unusually, a larger time spread covers the normally close field. Expect the final session to be typically furious as drivers try to overtake the gap to the head of the field.

<pre> Provisional Qualifying Results For Round 8 at Road America All cars Dodge powered Reynards on Michelin tires

Car Best Laps Fastest Pos # Driver/Hometown Lap Comp Lap 1 17 Matt Plumb/Unionville, Penn. 5 5 02:12.805 2 36 Nilton Rossoni/Curitiba, Brazil 4 5 02:12.941 3 7 Jamie Menninga/Pella, Iowa 5 5 02:12.975 4 9 Roger Yasukawa/Santa Monica, Calif. 4 5 02:13.362 5 31 Ryan Hunter-Reay/Boca Raton, Fla. 4 5 02:13.561 6 95 Michael Valiante/Vancouver,Canada 5 5 02:13.602 7 5 Sepp Koster/The Netherlands 4 5 02:13.780 8 52 Jon Fogarty/Portolo Valley, Calif. 4 4 02:13.821 9 11 Thed Björk/Vretstorp, Sweden 5 5 02:13.948 10 28 Andre Nicastro/Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 5 5 02:14.150 11 18 Bryan Sellers/Centerville, Ohio 5 5 02:14.798 12 4 Brent Sherman/ North Barrington, Ill. 4 5 02:15.011 13 8 Peter Boss/Narragansett, R.I. 3 5 02:15.034 14 53 Tom Fogarty/Soledad, Calif. 4 5 02:15.271 15 25 Kip Gulseth/Manitowoc, Wisc. 4 5 02:15.420 16 23 Marc Breuers/Gladwyne, Penn. 4 5 02:15.517 17 20 Alexandre Sperafico/Brazil 5 5 02:15.802 18 99 Davy Cook/Tallahasse, Fla. 4 5 02:15.810 19 26 Rhonda Trammell/Pittsboro, Ind. 4 5 02:16.685 20 21 Jon Vannini/Hillsborough, California 4 5 02:17.049 21 42 John Hall/Houston, Texas 5 5 02:17.222 22 22 Jay Ricci/Grosse Pointe, Michigan 5 5 02:17.343 23 73 Jeff Glenn/Oakland, Calif. 5 5 02:17.443 24 19 Sara Senske/Kennewick, Washington 5 5 02:17.617 25 77 Scott Mayer/Franklin, Wisc. 5 5 02:17.782 26 33 Milka Duno/Caracas, Venezuela 5 5 02:18.747 27 62 Andy Lally/Northport, NY 0 0 00:00.000

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