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Mid-Ohio: Touring Car qualifying report

LAMBERT GIVES AUDI FIRST WOODY'S ICE POLE IN SPEED TOURING CAR AT MID-OHIO LEXINGTON, Ohio (June 29, 2002) -- Rookie Paul Lambert, of Los Gatos, Calif., captured his first-career Woody's Ice Pole Position for Sunday's SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World...

LAMBERT GIVES AUDI FIRST WOODY'S ICE POLE IN SPEED TOURING CAR AT MID-OHIO

LEXINGTON, Ohio (June 29, 2002) -- Rookie Paul Lambert, of Los Gatos, Calif., captured his first-career Woody's Ice Pole Position for Sunday's SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Round Four race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. It is the first-ever pole position for Audi in the SPEED Touring Car Championship, and Audi swept the SPEED GT, Touring Car and American Le Mans Series Mid-Ohio poles. Will Turner, of Newburyport, Mass., completes the front row for Sunday's race.

Driving the No. 77 Stasis/Design It/Fiber Images Audi A4, Lambert turned a fastest lap of 1:40.843 (80.608 mph) around the 2.258-mile circuit to edge Turner by less than 0.1-second. It was Lambert's first Woody's Ice Pole Position in just his seventh race.

"We've had a tough season so far this year, but the Stasis crew has worked at adding something each race to the car, and it's really beginning to pay off," said Lambert. "I got word from [Champion Racing driver and SPEED GT polesitter] Michael [Galati] right before the session that I should really go for it on the first lap because the track was slick. That information really helped me."

Turner ran his lap of 1:40.920 (80.547 mph), but it was not quite enough in the No. 92 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW 325i. Taz Harvey, of Danville, Calif., was third in his Honda Civic, followed by Mike Fitzgerald's Lexus IS 300 and Scott Bradley's Mazda Protégé ES. Five different manufacturers in the top five of qualifying is also a series first in the SPEED Touring Car Championship.

SPEED Touring Car point leaders did not fare well, as point leader, Pierre Kleinubing qualified ninth, second place Ken Dobson qualified 16th and third place Peter Cunningham qualified 47th.

Sunday's race takes the green light on its standing start at 11:20 a.m. (EDT).

-scca pro racing-

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Drivers Pierre Kleinubing , Ken Dobson , Paul Lambert , Peter Cunningham , Will Turner , Taz Harvey , Scott Bradley
Teams Turner Motorsport