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Bill Cooper crashes but takes GT pole at Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C., -- Bill Cooper, of Bozeman, Mt., took the pole for today's 45-minute Speedvision World Challenge GT Championship Round One race at Lowe's Motor Speedway despite sustaining severe damage to his car after an incident on his second ...

CONCORD, N.C., -- Bill Cooper, of Bozeman, Mt., took the pole for today's 45-minute Speedvision World Challenge GT Championship Round One race at Lowe's Motor Speedway despite sustaining severe damage to his car after an incident on his second flying lap.

Cooper, driving the No. 01 Les Stanford/Pirate Racing Chevrolet Corvette C5, turned a fastest lap of 1:19.390 (102.028 mph) on the 2.25-mile oval/road course, taking his 13th-career Speedvision World Challenge pole.

"On the third lap, a Viper spun in turn one and a whole stack of tires was in the track," said Cooper. "I ran out of brakes, brains and talent and ran straight into it and that put me out of the session. It didn't hurt the frame or anything. It essentially destroyed the radiator and right-front corner of the car ahead of the right-front suspension. The team will work hard to get the car back together for the race."

Cooper topped defending series champion Bobby Archer, of Ft. Worth, Texas, who turned a lap of 1:19.872 (101.412 mph), to start on the outside of the front row in his No. 32 TravelNavagator.com/Viper Speed Dodge Viper GTS as the series makes its first standing start of the 2000 season this afternoon.

David Schardt, of Dayton, Ohio, was third fastest in his No. 94 Hikari Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, followed by Reese Cox, of Marietta, Ga., and John Heinricy, of Holly, Mich.

-SCCA/SCCA Pro Racing-

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Drivers John Heinricy , Bobby Archer