Butch Leitzinger takes Washington pole

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Butch Leitzinger captured his fourth pole of the season this afternoon in qualifying for the Capital 100 Trans-Am race at Washington, D.C. Leitzinger, who currently sits third in points thanks to three consecutive podium ...

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Butch Leitzinger captured his fourth pole of the season this afternoon in qualifying for the Capital 100 Trans-Am race at Washington, D.C. Leitzinger, who currently sits third in points thanks to three consecutive podium finishes, lapped the 1.7-mile, 7-turn temporary street circuit in 1:12.116 (83.026 miles per hour). "The grip of the asphalt here is so good that it should inspire a lot of passing," said the Trans-Am rookie, shrugging off suggestions that temporary street circuits notoriously produce lack luster races. "I think that we're going to have a good race tomorrow. The first turn should be pretty interesting."

Despite opting for harder compound tires on the rear of his Panoz Esperante, points leader Boris Said qualified second, less than half a second behind Leitzinger's Corvette. "I took a more conservative approach to qualifying than the rest of these guys did," explained Said. "This is a tough track because of the heat and humidity. It's going to be tough on the brakes, transmissions, and engines tomorrow, so we're going to treat it more like an endurance race."

Tony Ave's best qualifying effort of the season resulted in the third quickest lap of the day in his Panoz Esperante. "Coming out of the hairpin, it's like racing on dirt and it could be really inviting for some guys tomorrow," stated Ave, who was concerned about the tightness of the track before this morning's practice session. "It's going to be the driver who can run fast and consistent in the race and not melt the car down."

Fifth place qualifier Johnny Miller agreed: "The course is open enough for some good passing, but tricky and tight to make it challenging. It will make for some barrier movement tomorrow. I'm glad I'm on the inside at the start because it could become a crash fest."

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Butch Leitzinger , Boris Said , Tony Ave , Johnny Miller