Hayner Picks Up Time In SPEED World Challenge GT Qualifying GMAC/Trenton Forging ...
Hayner Picks Up Time In SPEED World Challenge GT Qualifying
GMAC/Trenton Forging #5 GTO Qualifies 15th
Portland, Ore. -- July 24, 2004 "It may not look like it on paper," explained Stu Hayner, driver of the GMAC/Trenton Forging #5 GTO, "but this was the best qualifying we've had since we started this program." Hayner was referring to today's SPEED World Challenge GT qualifying at Portland International Raceway for Sunday's SPEED World Challenge GT Round 5 that will run in conjunction with the Portland Grand Prix.
"We picked up time from yesterday and it appears we've really got the car right for the extreme conditions we're experiencing this weekend. It's hot, and the track is really unpredictable. Some of the cars that turned quick laps during qualifying aren't able to sustain those speeds. The race is going to come down to taking care of equipment."
"I'm really happy with how the car feels," Hayner continued. "Our guys seem to have figured out a good middle ground for our race set-up. We qualified about 1.5 seconds off the pole sitter. But our quick time is reflective of a time we can run consistently throughout Sunday's race. With the weather this hot, a 50-minute sprint is going to have endurance racing ramifications on tires and equipment. We think we've got the right combination to put us in the hunt at the end."
Sunday's SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT Round Five race, scheduled for 32 laps (62.208 miles), or 50 minutes, takes its standing start at 10:55 a.m. (PDT). Live Timing & Scoring is available through www.world-challenge.com. The race initially airs August 1 at 1:00 p.m. (EDT), 10:00 a.m. (PDT).