Lime Rock Miata Cup qualifying notes

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (May 24, 2003) - Chip Herr, of Litiz, Penn., came into this weekend a Lime Rock Rookie. But after sweeping both of the qualifying sessions for the Mazdaspeed Miata Cup Atlantic Tour third-round event at Lime Rock Park, Herr...

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (May 24, 2003) - Chip Herr, of Litiz, Penn., came into this weekend a Lime Rock Rookie. But after sweeping both of the qualifying sessions for the Mazdaspeed Miata Cup Atlantic Tour third-round event at Lime Rock Park, Herr looked more like a seasoned veteran.

Driving his No. 24 Warwick Autopark/Performance Buyers Club Miata, Herr captured the provisional pole position in the wet morning session with a lap of 1:17.388. In the last session of the day, running on a dry track, Herr started slowly in the first couple of laps, but turned up the intensity level soon after and came away with the fastest time of the day, a 1:03.327, 0.276-second ahead of second qualifier, Greg Stasiowski.

"This has been a learning experience," said Herr. "I am just trying to be consistent and make no mistakes. This track is so fast and the front straightaway is so wide that it comes down to who the better drivers are and who can be the most consistent.

"We won't change much since we did so well in qualifying, so we'll see how it goes on Monday."

Behind Herr, Stasiowski, of Washington, Penn., driving the No. 32 Ingdirect.com/DAB Automotive Miata, jumped to second from 13th in the afternoon session. Stasiowski earned the second ticket to the front row by shaving more than 17 seconds off of his morning time of 1:20.719.

Shawn Dewey, of Townsend, Del., Ken Payson, of Worcester, Mass., and Ryan Pilla, of Amagansett, NY, completed the top five.

The Third Round of the Mazdaspeed Miata Cup Presented by Hankook Tires Atlantic Tour takes place Monday at 4:10 p.m. (EDT), the final event of the Mohegan Sun Presents The Lime Rock Park Grand Prix Weekend. For more information, visit www.sccapro.com/miata.

-scca pro racing-

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Series SCCA
Drivers Ken Payson , Chip Herr , Ryan Pilla , Shawn Dewey