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Mosport: GT race one qualifying notes

Angelelli Wins Pole for SCCA SPEED GT Round Six at Mosport CANADA (Aug. 7, 2004) -- Italian Max Angelelli set a new qualifying lap record en route to capturing the pole for Saturday's SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Round Six race at...

Angelelli Wins Pole for SCCA SPEED GT Round Six at Mosport

CANADA (Aug. 7, 2004) -- Italian Max Angelelli set a new qualifying lap record en route to capturing the pole for Saturday's SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Round Six race at Mosport International Raceway, as part the Toronto Grand Prix of Mosport. Italian Michael Galati will start on the outside of row one, while Angelelli's teammate and Toronto native Ron Fellows will start third.

It was a cool and cloudy morning for SPEED GT qualifying, but Angelelli, driving the No. 16 Cadillac/Mobil 1/Motorola/Bose/OnStar Cadillac CTS-V, still managed to set a new qualifying lap record with a time of 1:23.452 (106.007 mph). Historically, SPEED World Challenge cars establish its fast lap on the first or second lap of the session. But, Angelelli set his fast lap on his fifth trip around the 2.459-mile, 10-turn circuit.

"It is unusual because of the track and the track temperature," Angelelli said of the record qualifying time set on his fifth lap of the session. "The track has very long nice corners without very heavy brakes. So, that allows you to have more than one shot [at a fast qualifying time]. Your lap times, after three or four laps, are faster."

The old qualifying record lap record of 1:24.928 (104.234 mph) was set last year by Bill Auberlen in a BMW M3.

Driving the No. 2 Audi Certified Pre-Owned Audi RS 6, Galati needed seven laps to set his fast qualifying time of 1:23.557 (105.944 mph). This weekend, Galati is gunning for his second-career win at Mosport.

Making his series debut piloting the No. 12 Cadillac/Mobil 1/Motorola/Bose/OnStar Cadillac CTS-V, Fellows looks to put on a show for the hometown crowd and is sure not to disappoint after turning the third fastest lap of the session with a 1:23.838 (105.589 mph).

Galati's teammate Randy Pobst, of Gainesville, Ga., will start fourth in an Audi RS 6, while Canadian Michael Culver, who resides in Westport, Conn., is fifth on the grid.

The SPEED GT Round Six race will make its standing start at 4:00 p.m. (EDT) this afternoon and will initially air at 1 p.m., (EDT) Sunday, Aug. 15 on SPEED Channel.

-scca pro racing-

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Drivers Ron Fellows , Bill Auberlen , Randy Pobst , Max Angelelli , Michael Culver