BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada (May 18, 2002) - Tom Gloy Racing driver Butch Leitzinger of Rebersberg, Pa. set a new track record and earned his first career pole as the 2002 BFGoodrich Trans-Am Series continued this at Canada's fastest race track,...
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada (May 18, 2002) - Tom Gloy Racing driver Butch Leitzinger of Rebersberg, Pa. set a new track record and earned his first career pole as the 2002 BFGoodrich Trans-Am Series continued this at Canada's fastest race track, Mosport International Raceway.
The Tommy Bahama driver drove the number 88 Chevrolet Corvette 113.866 miles per hour, 1:17.744 seconds on the ten-turn, 2.459-mile road course. At the end of his pole-winning lap, Leitzinger went hard into the Turn Nine tire wall, but he was uninjured
"I had done (one minute), 17.7 (seconds) and the Tom Gloy crew came on the radio and told me that Boris (Said, the outside pole sitter), was getting ready to go out," said Leitzinger. "Normally, you want to select third gear going into that corner, but for some reason, I selected first. I got out of it quickly, but it was too late to save the car. It was completely my fault, but the damage (to the car) isn't that bad. It shouldn't be a problem at all."
Leitzinger will start from the pole, the time set was faster than that posted by former Tom Gloy Racing driver Ron Fellows in 1995, 1:18.212, 113.184 mph. The pole came in only Leitzinger's third career Trans-Am start, and earned him the Jaguar Pole Award and two championships points in addition to the right to lead 21 fellow competitors to the green flag on Sunday afternoon. Owner Tom Gloy won the pole at Mosport as a driver in 1981.
Leitzinger's teammate Randy Ruhlman qualified 12th for the 41-lap event. Ruhlman was not able to practice before today's qualifying session due to a mechanical problem with his Preformed Line Products/Coyote Closure Chevrolet Corvette. Ruhlman entered the second round of the series fifth in the drivers' championship and Leitzinger is 11th.
The Ontario More to Discover Victoria Day Trans-Am race will air at 1:00 p.m. ET, live on the Speed Channel television network. For more information on the BFGoodrich Trans-Am Series go to www.trans-amseries.