MX-5 Cup: Team MER Laguna Seca qualifying notes

Team MER Set To Continue Championship Run At US Sports Car Invitational Five cars qualify in top 16 for Team MER led by points leader, Jason Saini in third SALINAS, CA (May 19, 2007) --- Team MER made another step towards a championship season...

Team MER Set To Continue Championship Run At US Sports Car Invitational
Five cars qualify in top 16 for Team MER led by points leader, Jason Saini in third

SALINAS, CA (May 19, 2007) --- Team MER made another step towards a championship season by putting in a strong qualifying effort for several of their drivers in the third round of the SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup Championship at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway this weekend. Series points leader, Jason Saini (Autobarn Mazda/Team MER) maintained his consistent pace at each event so far qualifying third for tomorrow afternoon's race. Team newcomer, Patrick Barrett (Alpinestars/AutismSpeaks/Team MER) qualified in 9th followed by Andrew Caddell (Pinnacle Mazda/AIM/Team MER) in 12th, Forest Barber (Feeds the Need/Team MER) in 14th,Rick Bellew (B&W Supply/Team MER) in 16th and Donnie Barnes (Team MER) in 23rd. Twenty-nine cars will start the race.

The team spent the official Friday practice chasing a set-up that would allow consistently quick lap times. At the end of the day, Saini, Barrett and Caddell all were in the top 8, but the team felt they were leaving too much on the table.

"We worked through the night and made several changes to get these cars sorted for the race," said Saini. "Several of us were fast, but just not fast enough so a lot of work went in by our entire team to pull in a strong qualifying effort. We still have some work to do, but we feel good about our chances for tomorrow."

"This team did an incredible job last night to get set-ups on the cars so our drivers can be successful in tomorrow's race," said Juliann Pokorny, MER team manager. "I am really proud of our crew and drivers for their hard work."

For more information about the SCCA Pro Racing SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup, visit www.mx-5cup.com.

-credit: mer

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Series SCCA
Drivers Forest Barber , Rick Bellew , Jason Saini , Patrick Barrett , Andrew Caddell