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Dumas puts Verizon car on pole for Verizon race

What a coincidence!
Saturday, May 02, 2009

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The Verizon Wireless Penske Porsche in the garage just before qualifying
Mark Cipolloni/AR1.com

Frenchman Romain Dumas earned his first career Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 pole position Saturday at the 2.25-mile Thunderbolt Raceway at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Dumas will lead the field to the green flag for Sunday's Verizon Wireless 250, which begins at 1:07 p.m. (ET) Sunday. (SPEED, live, 1 p.m.)

Dumas, driving the No. 12 Verizon Wireless Porsche Riley for Penske Racing, made his first qualifying attempt of the 2009 season count, as he drove the Daytona Prototype to a time of 1:14.057 (109.375 mph). He and co-driver Timo Bernhard will be making their first starts at New Jersey.

The native Frenchman outlasted two-time Daytona Prototype champion Scott Pruett, who said weather reports altered the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates team's strategy and put him in the seat of the No. 01 TELMEX Lexus Riley for qualifying. Pruett's time of 1:14.265 (109.069 mph) put him on the outside of the front row, giving the team its second straight front row start. Memo Rojas will take the wheel after Pruett made his first qualifying attempt in a sprint race since last season at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec.

Third was Jon Fogarty, driving the No. 99 GAINSCO Pontiac Riley, with a time of 1:14.919 (108.117 mph). Following were Nic Jönsson, in the No. 76 Krohn Racing Ford Lola, with a time of 1:14.968 (108.046 mph), and Brian Frisselle, in the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Ford Dallara, with a time of 1:15.201 (107.711 mph).

Point leaders and Rolex 24 At Daytona co-winners Darren Law and David Donohue will start 11th in the No. 58 Brumos Racing Porsche Riley, while defending race co-winners Mark Patterson and Ozz Negri - driving the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley - will start alongside in 12th.

In GT, defending GT co-champion Kelly Collins earned his ninth career class pole and first of 2009, as he drove the No. 07 Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R to a time of 1:21.369 (99.547 mph). Collins will split time in the No. 07 with Paul Edwards on Sunday.

Andrew Davis, last weekend's winner of the Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway, qualified second in the No. 57 BryanMark Financial Pontiac GXP.R with a time of 1:21.443 (99.456 mph). Davis and Robin Liddell are tied with Collins and Edwards atop the point standings, all with 60 points, and Pontiac earned its first 1-2 sweep of the front row this season.

No. 70 Castrol Syntec/Mazda Mazda RX-8 co-driver Nick Ham was third with a time of 1:21.957 (98.832 mph), as the team's two-race pole-winning streak came to an end. Fourth was Dane Cameron in the No. 30 Marquis Jet/IPC Mazda RX-8, with a time of 1:22.111 (98.647 mph), and fifth was Leh Keen in the No. 86 Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche GT3, with a time of 1:22.132 (98.622 mph).

Last year's race co-winners Andy Lally and Tim George Jr. will start ninth and 17th in the Nos. 67 No Fear Energy Drink and 68 CRG/Ruby Tuesday Porsche GT3s - both prepared by TRG - respectively.

A warm-up is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Sunday, with the two-hour and 45-minute race starting at approximately 1:07 p.m.

NEWS & NOTES:

- This is Romain Dumas' first career Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series pole position and the second pole of the season for a Porsche-powered Daytona Prototype.
- This is the first pole position for Penske Racing in Rolex Series Daytona Prototype competition.
- Scott Pruett qualified for a sprint race for the first time since last August's two-hour race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec. The TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates team earned its second straight front row start, as Memo Rojas earned the pole at Virginia International Raceway.
- Jon Fogarty matched his Bob Stallings Racing team's best start of the season with a third-place qualifying effort.
- Despite spinning out early in his qualifying effort, Nic Jönsson qualified the No. 76 Krohn Racing Ford Lola fourth, a season best.
- The top four qualifiers came from different manufacturers - Porsche, Lexus, Pontiac and Riley.

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- In GT, Kelly Collins earned his ninth class pole and first of the season. It was also Pontiac's first pole position of the season, as Mazda earned the first two poles of 2009.
- This is the second straight 1-2 front row sweep for a manufacturer. Mazda earned a 1-2 sweep at Virginia International Raceway.
- Mazdas swept the second row, with Nick Ham and Dane Cameron - last weekend's front row starters - taking the third and fourth-place starting positions.
- Leh Keen was fifth in the highest starting Porsche GT3.

POST-QUALIFYING QUOTES (POLESITTERS):

Romain Dumas (No. 12 Verizon Wireless Porsche Riley; quickest in Daytona Prototypes): "For sure this is a great pleasure to get the first pole for Penske in Grand-Am. I knew I had to push and the crew was encouraging me on the radio. I was fast first, then he (Scott Pruett) went faster, so I pushed and got back ahead.

"Our sponsor, Verizon Wireless, is the sponsor of the race, so we would like to win for them and Mr. (Roger) Penske, who has put us together. We have had good success together, and we would like to win our first Grand-Am race here.

"This is my first time here, but Timo (Bernhard) is the detail man. He studies the tracks and I learn them when I arrive. He showed me two things before we got here - the track map and video of his (pointing to second-place qualifier Scott Pruett) crash here last year. Timo told me not to do that.

Kelly Collins (No. 07 Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R; quickest in GT): "Winning the pole is important for team morale and team spirit and it is important to set precedence and dominance and it is important because tomorrow there is an 80 percent chance of rain and I was motivated to qualify our Pontiac as far up front as I possibly could to free myself from whatever might happen back in the pact at the beginning of the race."

Results

Pos

No. Cl. Cl.Pos. Drivers Time Behind Team/Car
1 12 DP 1 Dumas/ Bernhard 1:14.057 0.000 Penske Racing Porsche / Riley
2 01 DP 2 Pruett/ Rojas 1:14.265 0.208 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Lexus / Riley
3 99 DP 3 Fogarty/ Gurney 1:14.919 0.862 GAINSCO/ Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac / Riley
4 76 DP 4 Jonsson/ Zonta 1:14.968 0.911 Krohn Racing Ford / Lola
5 10 DP 5 Angelelli/ Frisselle 1:15.201 1.144 SunTrust Racing Ford / Dallara
6 09 DP 6 Cosmo/ Russell 1:15.615 1.558 Spirit of Daytona Racing Porsche / Coyote
7 61 DP 7 Frisselle/ Wilkins 1:15.618 1.561 AIM Autosport Ford / Riley
8 13 DP 8 Taylor/ Beyer 1:15.766 1.709 Beyer Racing Pontiac / Riley
9 6 DP 9 Pew/ Valiante 1:16.069 2.012 Michael Shank Racing Ford / Riley
10 77 DP 10 Gidley/ Jaeger 1:16.074 2.017 Doran Racing Ford / Dallara
11 58 DP 11 Law/ Donohue 1:16.367 2.310 Brumos Racing Porsche / Riley
12 60 DP 12 Patterson/ Negri Jr 1:16.415 2.358 Michael Shank Racing Ford / Riley
13 2 DP 13 Wallace/ Finlay 1:16.836 2.779 Childress-Howard Motorsports Pontiac / Crawford
14 59 DP 14 France/ Barbosa 1:19.171 5.114 Brumos Racing Porsche / Riley
15 07 GT 1 Edwards/ Collins 1:21.369 7.312 Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R
16 57 GT 2 Liddell/ Davis 1:21.443 7.386 Stevenson Motorsports Pontiac GXP.R
17 70 GT 3 Tremblay/ Ham 1:21.957 7.900 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8
18 30 GT 4 Miller/ Cameron 1:22.111 8.054 Racers Edge Motorsports Mazda RX-8
19 87 GT 5 Werner/ Keen 1:22.132 8.075 Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche GT3
20 32 GT 6 Forest/ Aschenbach 1:22.710 8.653 PR1 Motorsports Pontiac GXP.R
21 86 GT 7 Lux/ Sellers 1:22.894 8.837 Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche GT3
22 31 GT 8 von Moltke/ Groenewald 1:23.158 9.101 Battery Tender/ MCM Racing Porsche GT3
23 67 GT 9 Marks/ Lally 1:23.223 9.166 TRG Porsche GT3
24 69 GT 10 Assentato/ Segal 1:23.668 9.611 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8
25 43 GT 11 Nonnamaker/ Nonnamaker 1:23.893 9.836 Team Sahlen Corvette
26 40 GT 12 Foster/ Dempsey 1:24.016 9.959 Dempsey Racing Mazda RX-8
27 21 GT 13 Phinny/ Kapudija 1:24.069 10.012 Battery Tender/ MCM Racing Pontiac GTO.R
28 66 GT 14 Ballou/ Pumpelly 1:24.125 10.068 TRG Porsche GT3
29 65 GT 15 Stanton/ Potter 1:24.701 10.644 TRG/ Riegel/ Stanton Porsche GT3
30 42 GT 16 Sahlen/ Nonnamaker 1:25.776 11.719 Team Sahlen Corvette
31 68 GT 17 Valentine/ George Jr 1:26.397 12.340 TRG Porsche GT3

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