Lime Rock: Qualifying report

Miller gives Jaguar its first Lime Rock pole LAKEVILLE, Conn. -- Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich® Tires Cup Driver Johnny Miller has long claimed Lime Rock Park owed him something. He cashed it all in Saturday as the driver of the No. 64 ...

Miller gives Jaguar its first Lime Rock pole

LAKEVILLE, Conn. -- Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich® Tires Cup Driver Johnny Miller has long claimed Lime Rock Park owed him something. He cashed it all in Saturday as the driver of the No. 64 Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR earned his first pole of 2003 and gave Jaguar its first pole at the 1.53-mile, eight-turn permanent road course.

For his efforts, Miller received two bonus championship points, and the Jaguar Pole Award, a performance-based initiative that rewards drivers who win the pole at each Trans-Am Series events this season.

"The car was really good. It was good yesterday," said Miller, who backed up his fast efforts in the first two practice sessions Friday with a pole speed of 51.315 seconds at 107.337 miles per hour. "We made a few changes to figure out where it was going to go with old tires. We were really working on the car, and ended up with a good qualifying car out a great race car.

"The track has changed quite a bit since yesterday," added Miller, who's last pole came at Road America in 2000. "We had a push and (teammate Scott Pruett) said he had a push, but we were able to pull off two or three good laps without hurting the tires."

Pruett, driver of the No. 7 Jaguar R Performance XKR, qualified second.

"We just carried too much push," said Pruett, who leads the points going into Monday's Trans-Am 100. "We missed the setup a little bit, which probably came from me not racing here for the last 14 years. I took a gamble on the setup, and we were just a little bit off. We have a good rain setup on the car for Monday, and if it's dry, we still have a little work to do."

Hayner (No. 2 Trenton Forging/GMAC Commercial Finance Chevrolet Corvette), who won the pole here last season, was third fastest.

"The car was great," said Hayner. "We learned a lot last year. We came out of the box with a great setup and actually improved on it a little bit. We have a new engine program this year, and with all of the changes we still went four-tenths quicker this year than last year's pole speed. We're really happy about that."

Both Pruett and Hayner received one bonus point for qualifying in the top three.

Brian Simo, who is driving the No. 3 Jaguar R Performance XKR this weekend, was fourth quickest, ahead of rookie Jorge Diaz, Jr.'s No. 8 Puerto Rico Grand Prix Jaguar XKR.

Rookie Bobby Sak, Tomy Drissi, Michael Lewis, Randy Ruhlman and Paul Newman completed the top-10 qualifiers.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Scott Pruett , Brian Simo , Tomy Drissi , Johnny Miller , Randy Ruhlman , Michael Lewis , Bobby Sak , Jorge Diaz