Team all dressed up with no place to go! Elkhart Lake, Wisc. July 6th 2002 - Turner Motorsport arrived at the track this morning ready to run their scheduled qualifying program. As usual, the team was prepared. Unfortunately, due to a lengthy ...
Team all dressed up with no place to go!
Elkhart Lake, Wisc. July 6th 2002 - Turner Motorsport arrived at the track this morning ready to run their scheduled qualifying program. As usual, the team was prepared. Unfortunately, due to a lengthy clean up from the GT cars, the 20-minute session had been cut to15 minutes before the cars went on track.
The session went downhill from there. Grant Lockwood's Honda Civic Si went out behind the other 42 cars and became disabled in turn five just as the lead pack hit their first flying lap. So, within a lap of throwing the green flag on the session, the black flag came out. Adding insult to injury, the green flag never came out again. The session was lost after only one green flag lap.
Will Turner suddenly found himself and the #92 Turner Motorsport/H&R Spings/Patrick BMW 325i qualified 7th. Frank Selldorff had also hoped to move the #94 Turner Motorsport/H&R Spings/Patrick BMW 325i up in the field a bit.
"I was caught between two Mazdas going nowhere," said Frank. "But, I wanted to be patient and find some room to take a run. It's frustrating, but we'll play the cards we were dealt."
Bobby Sak in the #93 Turner Motorsport/H&R Spings/Patrick BMW 325i was sitting 17th.
"I never even came up to speed," said Bobby. "We put a new differential in the car and I wanted to run it in for a few laps before pushing it for a good qualifying lap. Who'd have thought we'd get one lap?"
"It is a frustrating situation," said Turner. "But, it's the same for everyone... it's part of the game. At least it's a long track so I was able to get a feel for the car anyway. I played with the draft down the back straightaway and I'm pretty confident I can get to the front. Let's hope we get a good clean race in tomorrow. If we aren't plagued with yellows the field should spread out... then I think we can go."
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