Pro Spec Racer Johnny Meriggi captures Pikes Peak pole

FOUNTAIN, Colo. (June 16, 2000) - Pro Spec Racer series veteran Johnny Meriggi, of The Woodlands, Texas, captured his first career pole for Saturday's Round Five Pro Spec Racer race at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Warren Stilwell, ...

FOUNTAIN, Colo. (June 16, 2000) - Pro Spec Racer series veteran Johnny Meriggi, of The Woodlands, Texas, captured his first career pole for Saturday's Round Five Pro Spec Racer race at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Warren Stilwell, of Hartville, Ohio and Denny Stripling, of McKinney, Texas rounded out the top-three. In warm but windy conditions, Meriggi, driving the No. 77 Great Expectations Spec Racer, captured the pole after posting a new qualifying lap record of 0:32.636 (110.308 mph). The pole is Merriggi's first in 27 career Pro Spec Racer starts. "I'm extremely excited about capturing the pole," said Meriggi. "I really didn't expect it. I've been progressing each session as I got more comfortable with the car. Tomorrow I want to stay with the lead pack and see how the race progresses." Coming off consecutive poles at Mid-Ohio and Mosport, Stilwell will start second, driving the No. 28 Stilwell Racing Spec Racer. As the third last car on track during single car qualifying, Stilwell posted a quick time of 0:32.645 (110.277 mph). "Honestly I'm a little intimidated by the oval," said Stilwell. "Two years ago I had a really good race, but last year I hit the wall. I'm just looking to come out of here with some points." Driving the No. 4 Vortex Motorsports Spec Racer, Stripling will start third after posting a quick time of 0:32.722 (110.018 mph). Stripling who was quickest during both practice sessions was unable to match his earlier times in the three lap single qualifying session. "I'm a little disappointed I didn't grab the pole," said Stripling. "I made some changes since this morning and the car actually felt better, but with only three laps it's hard to post a really quick time. The race should be interesting with all the drafting that goes here." Rounding out the top-five was 1999 pole sitter Neil Tilbor, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla. and Keith Scharf, of St. Louis Mo.

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