Futrelle Captures Inaugural Formula SCCA Pole SEBRING, FLA. (March 17, 2004) - Franklin Futrelle, of Augusta, Ga., captured the pole position for Round One of the Formula SCCA Championship, part of the Cooper Tires Championship Series, at...
Futrelle Captures Inaugural Formula SCCA Pole
SEBRING, FLA. (March 17, 2004) - Franklin Futrelle, of Augusta, Ga., captured the pole position for Round One of the Formula SCCA Championship, part of the Cooper Tires Championship Series, at Sebring International Raceway. Completing the top-three is David Jurca, of Federal, Wash. and Elivan Goulart, of Huntington, Conn.
Commencing at 8:00 a.m., the first-ever qualifying session for Formula SCCA was run in conjunction with the Formula Ford Zetec Championship. Looking to set a quick time early in the session, all the drivers attacked the 3.7-mile road course in the opening laps. Displaying the speed he had shown in testing, Futrelle immediately jumped to the top of the charts. As the session progressed the times steadily got quicker, with the gap between the leaders shrinking. Five minutes into the session, Jurca, in the No. 4 Cape Motorsports Formula SCCA, moved into second on the grid. Posting an almost identical time, Goulart, driving the No. 70 www.dolphin-motorsports.com Bob Berman Formula SCCA, moved into third on same lap. At the midway point of the 30-minute session, qualifying was halted for a car high-sided on the course. After collecting additional cars off-course, qualifying resumed with less than three minutes remaining. Unable to better the times set before the stoppage, Futrelle, in the No. 97 Meco Inc. of Augusta Comprent Motorsports Formula SCCA, captured the inaugural Formula SCCA pole position with a lap of 2:12.154 (100.971 MPH).
Completing the top-five in qualifying is Enzo Potolicchio, of Venezuela, in the No. 22 Fondo Unico Social Comprent Motorsports Formula SCCA and Daniel Abbale, of Northport, N.Y., in the No. 77 Andersen Walko/Abbale Motorsports Formula SCCA. Green flag for Round One of the Formula SCCA Championship is scheduled to wave at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 17, 2004.