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Sebring: GT qualifying notes

McClure sets record pole for SCCA SPEED GT race At Sebring. SEBRING, Fla. (March 13, 2003) -- Phil McClure, of Floris, Iowa, captured his first-career SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge pole, with a record-breaking lap at Sebring...

McClure sets record pole for SCCA SPEED GT race At Sebring.

SEBRING, Fla. (March 13, 2003) -- Phil McClure, of Floris, Iowa, captured his first-career SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge pole, with a record-breaking lap at Sebring International Raceway. Randy Pobst, of Gainesville, Ga., and John Young, of Woodside, Calif., completed the top three.

Driving the No. 73 Aggregate Industries/3R Racing Chevrolet Corvette Z06, McClure ran near the top of the time chart for much of the 20-minute qualifying session, before putting in a fast lap of 2:12.646 (100.417 mph) with five minutes remaining. The lap topped the previous track record (2:19.299) set by defending series Champion Michael Galati in 2002 by 6.653 seconds.

"The real key to this pole was the handling and the new tires," said McClure, of the new Toyo Proxes RA-1 DOT-approved race car that the series is using this season. "The launch we are getting out of the corner with the new tires is incredible."

Pobst, driving his first race with Champion Racing in the new Audi RS 6, recorded a 2:12.887 (100.235 mph) on his first flying lap, and held the top spot until McClure put in his record-breaking lap. Young, the 2002 Speed GT Rookie of the Year and winner last year at VIRginia International Raceway, turned a quick time of 2:13.215 (99.888 mph) in his Contract Metal Products Saleen SR for third position.

Mike Fitzgerald, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Galati, of N. Olmstead, Ohio, completed the top five.

The SCCA Speed GT Championship takes the green light Friday at 4:25 p.m., for Round One of the 2003 season, part of the Mobil1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. For more information, please visit www.world-challenge.com.

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Drivers Randy Pobst , John Young , Michael Galati , Phil McClure