Reese Earns First Career SPEED World Challenge Pole At Portland PORTLAND, Ore. (July 30, 2005) -- Leighton Reese, of Minnetonka, Minn., earned the first pole of his SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge career Saturday morning at Portland ...
Reese Earns First Career SPEED World Challenge Pole At Portland
PORTLAND, Ore. (July 30, 2005) -- Leighton Reese, of Minnetonka, Minn., earned the first pole of his SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge career Saturday morning at Portland International Speedway for Sunday's SPEED GT Round Eight Portland Grand Prix race, giving Corvette the top spot on the grid for the third event in-a-row.
A pair of Porsches took the next two spots as German Wolf Henzler (No. 55 Applied Materials/Farnbacher Loles Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3) and Scot Robin Liddell (No. 66 AXA Financial/Pfaff Motors Porsche 911 GT3 Cup) qualified second and third, respectively, on the 1.964-mile circuit.
Reese ripped off the 20 minute session's fast lap on his second pass, turning a time of 1:16.011 (93.018 mph), which was more than a second faster than his practice-leading times on Friday.
Though it was his first pole, Reese implied afterward that it was something he thought may have been only a matter of time.
"It is our first career pole in World Challenge and we are really proud of it," Reese said. "The guys have worked hard and the car is cornering as well as it has been since Cleveland. So yeah, we're excited to be here.
"It's time for the Corvette to bubble to the top, so apparently the parity rules are working."
Reese also said that the raceway's layout was something that could potentially favor his chances in Sunday's race.
"The track looks very simple," Reese said. "It's basically a couple dragstrips hooked together with a couple squigglies. That said, it's very flat and very deceiving. You have to slow the car down enough to hit the right exit off the corners, and it's very easy to get wheel spin because the track is slippery here."
Dino Crescentini, of Malibu, Calif., will join Liddell on the second row in the Lou Gigliotti-owned No. 28 LG ProLong Tube Header Chevrolet Corvette C6 that won at Infineon with Gigliotti behind the wheel. Michael Galati, of Olmsted, Ohio, will start fifth in the No. 24 Volvo NA Dealers/At Speed Motorsports Volvo S60 R.
The SCCA SPEED GT Round Eight race, part of the Portland Grand Prix, is set to begin at 2:25 p.m. (PDT), and will be broadcast on SPEED Channel at 6 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday, Aug. 7.
To follow Sunday's race action through live timing and scoring, visit www.world-challenge.com.
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