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Fitzgerald steals Laguna Speedvision GT pole from Galati

MONTEREY, Calif. – Mike Fitzgerald, of Phoenix, Ariz., made his last qualifying lap count, going from fifth to first after the checkered flag flew in qualifying for Sunday's Speedvision World Challenge GT Round Eight race, part of the ...

MONTEREY, Calif. – Mike Fitzgerald, of Phoenix, Ariz., made his last qualifying lap count, going from fifth to first after the checkered flag flew in qualifying for Sunday's Speedvision World Challenge GT Round Eight race, part of the GlobalCenter Sports Car weekend at Laguna Seca Raceway. Michael Galati, of North Olmstead, Ohio, held onto the outside of the front row. Going for his third-straight win in the No. 38 Westward Ho Hotel Vegas/MPIE Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Fitzgerald shattered the former qualifying record with a lap of 1:35.518 (84.348 mph) around the 2.238-mile circuit. His lap was just 0.012-second faster than Galati's lap of 1:35.530 (84.337 mph) in the No. 9 Champion Audi S4 Competition. Peter Kitchak held the previous mark, with a 1:37.154 in 1999. This was the first-ever pole for the new 996-based Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. "Even though we've won the last two races, I still didn't have much track time in this car prior to this weekend," said Fitzgerald, who has perfect two wins in two starts in Speedvision GT competition. "This weekend, I've become more comfortable in the car, which has allowed us to overcome the recent rules changes to the Porsche." Galati led the majority of the 20-minute session, and will start on the front row for the second time this season. Terry Borcheller's AASCO Saleen SR, Frank Allers' Tom Johnston Racing Chevrolet Corvette C5 and Peter Cunningham's RealTime Racing BMW M3 completed the top-five.

MONTEREY, Calif.-- Starting lineup for Sunday's Speedvision World Challenge GT Championship Round Eight race, part of the GlobalCenter Sports Car Championships Weekend at Laguna Seca Raceway with position, car number in parentheses, driver, hometown, car, fastest time and speed in miles-per-hour.

<pre> 1. (38), Mike Fitzgerald (R), Phoenix, Ariz., Porsche GT3 Cup, 1:35.518, 84.348. 2. (9), Michael Galati, North Olmstead, Ohio, Audi S4 Comp., 1:35.530, 84.337. 3. (52), Terry Borcheller, Phoenix, Ariz., Saleen SR, 1:35.989, 83.934. 4. (6), Frank Allers (R), Coquitlam, British Columbia, Corvette C5, 1:36.358, 83.613. 5. (42), Peter Cunningham, W. Bend, Wis., BMW M3, 1:36.363, 83.608. 6. (8), Derek Bell, Pagham Sussex, England, Audi S4 Comp., 1:36.484, 83.504. 7. (01), Bill Cooper, Bozeman, Mont., Corvette C5, 1:36.494, 83.495. 8. (25), Jeff McMillin, Erie, Pa., BMW M3, 1:36.582, 83.419. 9. (98), Reese Cox, Marietta, Ga., Corvette C5, 1:36.691, 83.325. 10. (22), Scott Bove (R), Avon Lake, Ohio, Porsche GT3 Cup, 1:36.757, 83.268. 11. (39), John Heinricy, Holly, Mich., Corvette C5, 1:36.938, 83.112. 12. (79), Justin Jackson (R), Alpharetta, Ga., Porsche 993 RSR, 1:37.174, 82.911. 13. (97), Scotty B. White, Puyallup, Wash., Corvette C5, 1:37.688, 82.474. 14. (08), Ross Thompson (R), Phoenix, Ariz., Corvette, 1:37.740, 82.430. 15. (75), Mark Wolocatiuk, Tahoe, Calif., Corvette ZR-1, 1:37.766, 82.409. 16. (13), Eric Curren (R), South Deerfield, Mass., Corvette C5, 1:37.852, 82.336. 17. (77), Jimmy Adams (R), Suffolk, Va., Dodge Viper GTS, 1:37.930, 82.271. 18. (32), Bobby Archer, Ft. Worth, Texas, Dodge Viper GTS, 1:37.977, 82.231. 19. (23), Bob Miller (R), Oakton, Va., Porsche 911 GT3, 1:38.059, 82.162. 20. (73), Phil McClure, Floris, Iowa, Corvette, 1:38.243, 82.008. 21. (92), Mark Anderson (R), Anaheim, Calif., Porsche 928, 1:38.363, 81.908. 22. (96), Paul Brown, Omaha, Neb., Saleen SR, 1:38.544, 81.758. 23. (04), G.J. Mennen (R), Austin, Texas, Corvette C5, 1:38.954, 81.419. 24. (15), James Sofronas, Newport Beach, Calif., BMW M3, 1:39.089, 81.308. 25. (50), Joe Varde, Charlotte, N.C., Dodge Viper GTS, 1:39.245, 81.180. 26. (58), Nigel Burns (R), Palo Alto, Calif., BMW M3, 1:39.819, 80.714. 27. (47), J. Bob Taylor, Parker, Colo., Corvette C5, 1:40.032, 80.542. 28. (30), Robert Rodriguez (R), Castro Valley, Calif., Corvette, 1:40.040, 80.535. 29. (64), Rick Knoop (R), Portola Valley, Calif., Corvette C5, 1:40.484, 80.179. 30. (03), Tommy Safar_II, Farmingdale, N.J., Saleen SR, 1:40.603, 80.085. 31. (37), Danny Kellermeyer (R), Ortonville, Mich., Corvette C5, 1:40.693, 80.013. 32. (24), Rael (R), Valcourt, Quebec, Porsche 911 GT3, 1:41.104, 79.688. 33. (05), Steve Carvajal (R), Anthony, N.M., Saleen Mustang, 1:41.113, 79.681. 34. (0), Don Istook (R), Ft. Worth, Texas, Audi S4, 1:41.199, 79.613. 35. (51), Tom Edwards (R), Paradise Valley, Ariz., Dodge Viper GTS, 1:41.316, 79.521. 36. (29), Walter Swick, Concord, Ohio, BMW M3, 1:41.415, 79.443. 37. (12), Dick Grieser (R), Toledo, Ohio, BMW M3, 1:42.449, 78.642. 38. (84), Derek Clark (R), Carona Del Mar, Calif., Porsche 993 Cup, 1:42.670, 78.472. 39. (5), Mark J. Dixon, Longmont, Colo., PontiacFirebird, 1:42.708, 78.443. 40. (07), Carol Hollfelder (R), Covina, Calif., Ferrari 355, 1:44.518, 77.085. 41. (85), Rudy Courtade (R), Glendale, Calif., Porsche S-Cup, 1:45.588, 76.304. 42. (18), Daniel Eastman (R), Miami, Fla., Porsche 993 R, no time. 45. (82), Ryan Negri (R), Beverly Hills, Calif., Porsche S-Cup, no time.

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Drivers John Heinricy , Terry Borcheller , Michael Galati , Derek Bell , Bob Miller , Phil McClure , Peter Cunningham , Jeff McMillin , Mark Anderson , G.J. Mennen , Bobby Archer , Derek Clark , Don Istook , Peter Kitchak , Justin Jackson , James Sofronas , Bob Taylor , Carol Hollfelder , Joe Varde , Robert Rodriquez , Rick Knoop , Ross Thompson , Scotty B. White , Paul Brown
Teams RealTime Racing