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Portland GT qualifying report

PORTLAND, Ore. (August 4, 2001) -- Michael Galati, of N. Olmstead, Ohio, extended his SCCA Pro Racing Speedvision World Challenge GT Championship point lead by two, taking his first Superchips Pole of the season at Portland International Raceway.

PORTLAND, Ore. (August 4, 2001) -- Michael Galati, of N. Olmstead, Ohio, extended his SCCA Pro Racing Speedvision World Challenge GT Championship point lead by two, taking his first Superchips Pole of the season at Portland International Raceway. Rookie Justin Marks, of Woodside, Calif., and Johannes van Overbeek, of Danville, Calif., completed the top-three.

Driving the No. 9 Champion Racing Audi S4 Competition, Galati cut a fast lap of 1:23.964 (83.350 mph) around the 1.944-mile circuit to take his 15th career pole position.

"My guys are really doing a fantastic job for me out here," said Galati, who now leads Peter Cunningham 172 to 154 in the point standings. "It's like driving a totally different car from yesterday. The noise restrictions are forcing the cars with the high-end top speed to be quieter, which in turn, brings down their horsepower. That could play a big part in the race because we might be able to run with them down the straightaways."

Driving the No. 80 Flextronics/Intel Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Marks enjoyed his best Superchips Qualifying performance of his rookie season, turning a lap of 1:24.221 (83.095 mph)--just 0.009-second better than his teammate van Overbeek, who won the most recent Speedvision GT round at Sears Point Raceway two weeks ago.

Jimmy Adams, of Suffolk, Va., will line up for Sunday morning's contest fourth, followed by Phil McClure, of Floris, Iowa.

Much of the story during qualifying dealt with stringent sound restrictions at Portland, which left defending series champion Jeff McMillin and top rookie contender Bobby Sak without times. Mike Fitzgerald (third in points) and Justin Jackson also had their quickest laps disallowed, but were able to make modifications and return to the track to record a time.

-SCCA/SCCA ProRacing-

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Drivers Michael Galati , Bobby Sak , Justin Marks , Phil McClure , Peter Cunningham , Jeff McMillin , Johannes van Overbeek , Justin Jackson