SEBRING, Fla. (Mar. 20, from Rick Roso) - Sepp Koster of the Netherlands and Giovanni Anapoli of Italy will start from the front row for the season opener of the million-dollar Barber Dodge Pro Series championship. Koster, 23, took the...
SEBRING, Fla. (Mar. 20, from Rick Roso) - Sepp Koster of the Netherlands and Giovanni Anapoli of Italy will start from the front row for the season opener of the million-dollar Barber Dodge Pro Series championship. Koster, 23, took the pole in today's final qualifying session, averaging 101.724 mph around Sebring International Raceway. This is the first Barber Dodge race for both Koster and Anapoli, 23, each having come from European open-wheel racing backgrounds. The first 11 drivers of the 30-car grid qualified within one second of each other around Sebring's 17-turn, 3.70-mile circuit. There was only this qualifying session versus the usual two, as yesterday's session was flooded out. This morning's run was the first time all 30 drivers were on the track at the same time, in the same conditions, with the same condition (new Michelin drys) tires. Some drivers, inexperienced with racing radials, had trouble figuring out the tire pressures. Anapoli was one; he bled his tires down too far when he came in with 10 minutes to go and unbalanced the car, and could not better his time. Koster stayed out the entire 30 minutes and made no changes during the session. Nicolas Rondet fell off the road in turn 1 late in the session and couldn't extract himself from the mud, while Rocky Moran, Jr., was at or near the top of the sheets the whole time. Neither Koster nor Anapoli have any rolling-start experience.
Green flag for the 40-minute season-opener tomorrow morning is 8:45 a.m.
Starting order following Barber Dodge final qualifying at Sebring International Raceway. Qualifying position, driver, hometown or country, lap time and average miles per hour around 3.70-mile, 17-turn road course. All cars identical Reynard Dodge V6, open-wheel, single-seat race cars.
1 Sepp Koster, The Netherlands, 2:10.943, 101.724 mph 2 Giovanni Anapoli, Italy, 2:11.008, 101.673 3 Rocky Moran, Jr., Coto de Caza, Calif., 2:11.051, 101.640 4 Todd Snyder, Sheffield, Mass., 2:11.729, 101.117 5 Martin Stenshorne, Norway, 2:11.736, 101.111 6 Nicolas Rondet, Brazil, 2:11.818, 101.048 7 Eric Tresslar, Denver, 2:11.828, 101.041 8 Thomas Schie, Norway, 2:11.882, 100.999 9 Owen McAuley, Ireland, 2:11.918, 100.972 10 Samer Hindi, Los Angeles, 2:11.941, 100.954 11 Alex Gurney, Newport Beach, Calif., 2:11.945, 100.951 12 G.J. Mennen, Jr., Austin, Texas, 2:12.190, 100.764 13 Jarrett Boon, Phoenix, 2:12.337, 100.652 14 Victor Gonzalez, Jr., Puerto Rico, 2:12.398, 100.606 15 Peter Boss, Narragansett, R.I., 2:12.508, 100.522 16 Townsend Bell, Santa Barbara, Calif., 2:12.532, 100.504 17 Gregg Borland, Elkhart Lake, Wis., 2:12.576, 100.471 18 John McCaig, Vancouver, Canada, 2:12.635, 100.426 19 Will Langhorne, Washington, D.C., 2:12.778, 100.318 20 Memo Rojas, Jr., Mexico, 2:12.857, 100.258 21 Shane Donley, Las Vegas, 2:12.893, 100.231 22 Owen Trinkler, Nashville, Tenn., 2:13.045, 100.117 23 Jon Fogarty, Portola Valley, Calif., 2:13.101, 100.074 24 Giovanni Gulinelli, Italy, 2:13.239, 99.971 25 Charles Willis, Germantown, Tenn., 2:13.295, 99.929 26 Jamie Menninga, Pella, Iowa, 2:13.480, 99.790 27 Nilton Rossoni, Brazil, 2:13.697, 99.628 28 Tom Woods, Rancho Cordova, Calif., 2:13.960, 99.433 29 Brian Pelke, Lansing, Ill., 2:13.980, 99.418 30 Scott Mayer, Franklin, Wis., 2:15.675, 98.176