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Guy Smith puts Mazda on pole at Mazda Raceway

ALMS
Friday, May 21, 2010

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Guy Smith
Guy Smith gave Mazda power its first overall pole position on its home track Friday. Dyson Racing’s popular Brit set a fast lap of 1:12.338 (111.377 mph) in qualifying for the American Le Mans Series Monterey presented by Tequila Patr¢n. Smith outpaced Muscle Milk Team CytoSport’s Klaus Graf by 1.517 seconds for his first career pole position in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n.

It also is the first pole position for isobutanol, which is powering the Lola-Mazda coupe that Smith will drive in Saturday’s six-hour race with Chris Dyson and Andy Meyrick. Smith was quickest in Friday’s two practice sessions as the Dyson squad captured its first overall pole position since Butch Leitzinger’s FQ at Portland in 2006. This also marked the first overall pole position for Dunlop in the Series.

Guy Smith
“At the beginning of the session, I wanted to put my time in on the fourth or fifth lap,” Smith said. “On the fourth lap, I was in a bunch of traffic and it was all a bit fraught. I got to the Corkscrew and took a breath. Then I tried to get my head down and go. The team said that we were 1.3 seconds behind in P2 and I thought, ‘That’s going to be a lot to overcome.’ So I composed myself, and put down a whole lap. It was great when they told me I was P1.”

Three manufacturers filled the top three spots in LMP qualifying. After Graf – who will drive Muscle Milk’s Porsche RS Spyder with Sascha Maassen and Memo Gidley – was Intersport Racing’s Clint Field with a 1:15.208 (107.127 mph). He will drive Intersport’s Lola B06/10-AER with father Jon and Nikolas Konstant.

Dyson Racing hadn’t been on pole position at Mazda Raceway since 2003. Coincidentally, that was also the last time the team won at the circuit. While a lot can happen in six hours, Smith is hoping it doesn’t.

“Tomorrow, we are looking for a very boring race. We want to just drive around, drive our own race, not make any mistakes,” he said. “The Dunlop tires are really good. We've never run them here; it was a bit of the unknown. We knew they'd be good, but they have exceeded my expectations. Dunlop worked hard in the winter, and worked hard with the Europeans. It's great to show we can battle with the Michelins and the Yokohamas. It's really good competition.”

Jaime Melo took pole in GT for Risi Competizione and Ferrari, just as he did at Mazda Raceway in 2007. His best lap of 1:22.752 (97.361 mph) in the Ferrari F430 GT that he will drive with Gianmaria Bruni was 0.315 seconds quicker than Johannes van Overbeek in the first of Extreme Speed Motorsports’ Ferraris.

“I didn’t expect to be that fast, to be honest,” Melo said. “We were struggling with under steer in the practices and we tried many things and got it right just at the end. We have always been close to pole here, but only managed to get it once before so it feels good to get it today.”

Corvettes swept the second row in class, led by Oliver Gavin’s lap of 1:23.482 (96.952 mph) in the Corvette C6.R he will drive with Olivier Beretta. The top eight were within 0.732 seconds, another tight battle in the Series’ toughest class.

Melo and Bruni are the class championship co-leaders with the Flying Lizard Motorsports duo of Patrick Long and Jörg Bergmeister. Their Porsche 911 GT3 RSR qualified eighth. With the extended length of the race, an additional five points are up for grabs in the race; the next bonus race is the season-ending Petit Le Mans in October.

“We want to be in good shape and consistent for the race,” Melo said. “I did the maximum for sure. You don’t think too much. You focus on your racing line and don’t make any mistakes.”

Johnny Mowlem won his first American Le Mans Series pole with the fastest lap in LMPC Challenge. He drove PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports’ ORECA FLM09 to a lap of 1:17.800 (103.558 mph) and a scant 0.171-second advantage over Gunnar Jeannette in G-Oil’s Green Earth Team Gunnar entry.

The PR1/Mathiasen team debuted in the Series at the previous round at Long Beach. Mowlem crashed the car in qualifying, and the team completed just three laps before retiring in the race. Friday was a complete reversal.

“I'm delighted to deliver for the team,” said Mowlem, who is teaming with Tom Papadopoulous and Ryan Lewis. “I messed up for them at Long Beach and went from a hero to a zero. The team did a great job of putting everything back together this weekend to give us a great job this race.”

As was the case in GT, qualifying in LMPC was just as close with the fastest four cars with 0.456 seconds. Christophe Bouchut was third in class at 1:18.212 (103.012 mph) for Level 5 Motorsports. He and Scott Tucker are tied in the championship with Jeannette and Elton Julian.

“The car felt very nicely balanced. I think on the old tires it does better than on newer tires,” Mowlem said. “As you push more the tires can begin to grip and I think that's what brought in the time for the pole.”

Black Swan Racing captured its first Series pole position thanks to Jeroen Bleekemolen’s lap of 1:26.934 (92.677 mph). He will drive BSR’s Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entry with brother Sebastiaan and team owner Tim Pappas. Jeroen Bleekemolen bested Alex Job Racing’s Butch Leitzinger by 0.669 seconds.

“We had the free practices earlier with some small problems and I didn’t do many laps,” said Bleekemolen, who set foot at Mazda Raceway for the first time this weekend. “I did 20-25 minutes of the last practice and got some time in the car. Then everything went right in qualifying.”

The former Porsche Supercup champion and LMP2 winner for Porsche at the Le Mans 24 Hours is taken with the circuit.

“The Corkscrew is a lot of fun. The elevation is so high that you feel it in your stomach. We don’t have anything like this in Europe. But right now we think of it as another race track.

Andy Lally qualified third for TRG at 1:27.797 (91.766 mph). He will drive with Rene Villeneuve and Henri Richard.

The American Le Mans Series Monterey presented by Patr¢n from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is a six-hour endurance race set for 2:30 p.m. PT on Saturday, May 22. The full race will be streamed live online at americanlemans.com starting at 5:30 p.m. ET in partnership with TodoCast.tv. CBS Sports will broadcast the event from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 29. Live radio coverage will be available on American Le Mans Radio presented by Porsche – a production of Radio Show Limited – as well as Sirius Channel 127 and XM Channel 242. Visit the Series’ schedule page for ticket and accommodation information. Live Timing and Scoring, track schedule, entry list and much, much more will be available on Racehub at americanlemans.com.

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Results

Pos

Car Cls Cls Drivers Team Car Fast lap Gap to 1st Speed
1. 16 P 1 C.Dyson, G.Smith, A.Meyrick Dyson Racing Team Lola B09/86 Mazda 1:12.338 - - 111.377
2. 1 P 2 D.Brabham, S.Pagenaud, M.Franchitti Patron Highcroft Racing HPD ARX-01c Honda 1:13.009 0.671 0.671 110.354
3. 6 P 3 M.Gidley, K.Graf, S.Maassen Team Cytosport Porsche RS Spyder 1:13.855 0.846 1.517 109.089
4. 37 P 4 J.Field, A.Field, N.Konstant Intersport Racing Lola B06/10 AER 1:15.208 1.353 2.870 107.127
5. 12 P 5 B.Willman, T.Burgess, P.Ehret Autocon Motorsports Lola B06/10-AER 1:15.775 0.567 3.437 106.325
6. 8 P 6 P.Drayson, J.Cocker, E.Pirro Drayson Racing Lola B09/60 Judd 1:16.297 0.522 3.959 105.598
7. 52 PC 1 J.Mowlem, T.Papadopoulos, R.Lewis PR1/ Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca FLM09 1:17.800 1.503 5.462 103.558
8. 99 PC 2 G.Jeannette, C.Zugel, E.Julian Green Earth Team Gunner Oreca FLM09 1:17.971 0.171 5.633 103.331
9. 55 PC 3 S.Tucker, C.Bouchut, M.Wilkins Level 5 Motorsports Oreca FLM09 1:18.212 0.241 5.874 103.012
10. 36 PC 4 T.Sutherland, T.Weickardt, K.Marcelli Genoa Racing Oreca FLM09 1:18.256 0.044 5.918 102.954
11. 95 PC 5 S.Tucker, A.Wallace, B.Frisselle Level 5 Motorsports Oreca FLM09 1:21.221 2.965 8.883 99.196
12. 89 PC 6 M.Pagerey, B.Wong, D.Ducote Intersport Racing Oreca FLM09 1:21.446 0.225 9.108 98.922
13. 62 GT 1 J.Melo, G.Bruni Risi Competizione Ferrari 430 GT 1:22.752 1.306 10.414 97.361
14. 01 GT 2 S.Sharp, J.van Overbeek Extreme Speed Motorsports Ferrari 430 GT 1:23.067 0.315 10.729 96.992
15. 4 GT 3 O.Beretta, O.Gavin Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 1:23.101 0.034 10.763 96.952
16. 3 GT 4 J.Magnussen, J.O'Connell Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 1:23.201 0.100 10.863 96.835
17. 92 GT 5 B.Auberlen, T.Milner BMW Rahal Letterman Racing BMW E92 M3 1:23.350 0.149 11.012 96.662
18. 90 GT 6 J.Hand, D.Mueller BMW Rahal Letterman Racing BMW E92 M3 1:23.379 0.029 11.041 96.629
19. 02 GT 7 E.Brown, G.Cosmo Extreme Speed Motorsports Ferrari 430 GT 1:23.394 0.015 11.056 96.611
20. 45 GT 8 J.Bergmeister, P.Long Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 1:23.484 0.090 11.146 96.507
21. 17 GT 9 B.Sellers, W.Henzler Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 1:23.991 0.507 11.653 95.925
22. 40 GT 10 D.Robertson, A.Robertson, D.Murry Robertson Racing Doran Design Ford GT 1:24.750 0.759 12.412 95.065
23. 75 GT 11 P.Gentilozzi, R.Dalziel, M.Goossens JaguarRSR Jaguar XKRS 1:26.381 1.631 14.043 93.271
24. 61 GT 12 T.Krohn, N.Jonsson Risi Competizione Ferrari 430 GT 1:26.708 0.327 14.370 92.919
25. 54 GTC 1 T.Pappas, J.Bleekemolen, S.Bleekemolen Black Swan Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:26.934 0.226 14.596 92.677
26. 81 GTC 2 J.Gonzalez, B.Leitzinger, R.Junco Jr. Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:27.603 0.669 15.265 91.969
27. 63 GTC 3 H.Richard, R.Villeneuve, A.Lally TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:27.797 0.194 15.459 91.766
28. 88 GTC 4 S.Lewis, L.Aschenbach Velox Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:27.950 0.153 15.612 91.607
29. 48 GTC 5 B.Miller, J.McMullen, L.Hines Orbit Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:28.126 0.176 15.788 91.424
30. 32 GTC 6 B.Curtis, J.Sofronas, T.Borcheller GMG Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:28.171 0.045 15.833 91.377
31. 44 GT 13 D.Law, S.Neiman, T.Bernhard Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 1:28.481 0.310 16.143 91.057
32. 69 GTC 7 R.Rodriguez, G.Bieker, Wilson WERKS II Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:28.590 0.109 16.252 90.945
33. 23 GTC 8 B.Sweedler, R.Kapudija, J-D.Lueders Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:29.360 0.770 17.022 90.161
34. 80 GTC 9 R.Gonzalez, L.Diaz, R.Junco Jr. Car Amigo - AJR Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:29.547 0.187 17.209 89.973
35. 28 GTC 10 L.Beggs, D.Baron 911 Design Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1:29.701 0.154 17.363 89.818

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