Powell Takes First Grand-Am Cup Pole; Turner Takes Top Spot on ST Grid at Mid-Ohio LEXINGTON, Ohio (August 7, 2004) -- Leading one of the largest Grand-Am Cup Series fields of the season, No. 11 Powell Motorsport Cadillac CTS-V driver Devon ...
Powell Takes First Grand-Am Cup Pole; Turner Takes Top Spot on ST Grid at Mid-Ohio
LEXINGTON, Ohio (August 7, 2004) -- Leading one of the largest Grand-Am Cup Series fields of the season, No. 11 Powell Motorsport Cadillac CTS-V driver Devon Powell turned a best lap at 1:36.478 (84.255 mph) to earn his first overall pole of the season for Sunday's Mid-Ohio 250 (SPEED Channel, August 15, Noon ET).
Powell will be making his fifth Grand-Am Cup Series start of the season in the Mid-Ohio 250, and along with co-drivers Terry Borcheller and John Heinricy, he will be looking to give the No. 11 its second win of 2004.
"The No. 11 Sunoco Ultra 94 Chemcraft Powell Motorsport Cadillac CTS-V ran well," Powell said. "The guys worked really hard. We're still developing the car. It was pretty quick for one lap. Whether we can sustain that pace for three hours will be something completely different. Anything can happen, but we're pretty psyched."
Joining Powell on the front row will be Greg Wilkins in the No. 17 Doncaster Racing Porsche 996 after the Canadian turned in a quick lap at 1:36.578 (84.168 mph). Wilkins will be joined in the No. 17 by Dave Lacey as he attempts to take his first Grand-Am Cup win of the season. He has finished on the podium in all three of his previous starts this year.
Bobby Julien put the No. 91 Doncaster Racing Porsche 996 third on the grid following a best lap at 1:36.716 (84.048 mph) as he looks to improve his fifth place standing in the Grand Sport (GS) driver standings. Mike Cronin Jr. put the No. 33 Nissan 350Z fourth in the field at 1:36.720 (84.045 mph), and Joe Fox rounded out the top five in the No. 81 G&W Motorsports Porsche 996 following a lap at 1:37.231 (83.603 mph).
In Sport Touring (ST) qualifying, co-points leader Will Turner gave the No. 95 Turner Motorsport BMW 330i its second pole-winning ride of the season thanks to a best lap at 1:39.672 (81.556 mph). The No. 95's previous pole came at Phoenix in April, and Turner is hoping to parlay the starting spot into the first win of the season for himself and co-driver Don Salama.
"I said at the beginning of the weekend, 'you know what? Don and I haven't won a race in this car. I want to take the pole, and I want to win the race,'" Turner said. "Mid-Ohio is a favorite track, I've won here before, Don's won here before. For the last couple of days we've been working on setup. We have a qualifying setup and we have a race setup. We went with the qualifying setup and the car was phenomenal. It was right up there, the first lap it felt good, and I went as fast as I could. I think we just squeaked by on the pole. It should be a good weekend."
Qualifying second on the ST grid was Chuck Goldsborough in the No. 2 Team Lexus IS300 with a best lap of 1:39.969 (81.313 mph), followed by David Haskell in the No. 70 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 at 1:40.198 (81.127 mph). Starting fourth in ST will be Bob Endicott in the No. 27 Bill Fenton Motorsports Acura RSX-S at 1:40.275 (81.065 mph) and Shane Lewis fills out the top five at 1:40.672 (80.745 mph) in the No. 21 Nuzzo Motorsports Mini Cooper S.
Between the two classes, a total of 55 cars turned laps in the qualifying sessions. The race is scheduled for 250 miles (111 laps) and is subject to a three-hour time limit.