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06/21/08
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Donahue wins pole in Mid-Ohio  Running with a new Porsche engine and limited practice time, David Donohue waited until the final minutes of qualifying to shatter the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course track record in qualifying for the EMCO Gears Classic presented by KeyBank, Round 8 of the 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 season.

Competitors will take the green flag Saturday at 5:10 p.m. ET (live, SPEED). The race will run 250 miles, 111 laps on the 2.258-mile circuit, with a two hour, 45-minute time limit.

It was the series-leading third pole position of the season for Donohue, who co-drives the No. 58 Brumos Racing Porsche Riley with Darren Law. His fastest lap came on his ninth of the 15-minute session

"During our first practice session today, we had a wheel bearing fail and had to change an upright. That's why we spent most of the session in the garage," said Donohue, who won his eighth Daytona Prototype pole. "Then, we changed engines before the second and final practice, and got in only one lap at the end. Altogether, Darren and I each got in about four hot laps each today. I was very pleasantly surprised to win the pole, because we really didn't get to do much to the car today. It's almost the way it rolled off the truck. But the crew really worked hard to do it - they didn't get a break all day today."

Donohue broke Jon Fogarty's year-old Daytona Prototype track record of 1:18.374, 103.718 mph. Fogarty qualified second, running a lap of 1:17.885, 104.369 mph, in the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley.

Mark Wilkins was third in the No. 61 AIM Autosport Ford Riley, 104.070 mph, followed by Memo Rojas in the No. 01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Lexus Riley, 103.924 mph, and Nic Jonsson in the No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola, 103.404 mph.

Rojas is seeking his fifth Daytona Prototype victory of the season. His co-driver, Scott Pruett, was not at Mid-Ohio Friday, practicing for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at California's Infineon Raceway. The pair share the point lead in the division, leading Jim Matthews and Marc Goossens by 36 points.

Rounding out the top 10 were Michael Valiante, Ricky Taylor, Guy Cosmo, John Pew and Shane Lewis.

Lawson Aschenbach became the eighth different pole winner in Rolex Series GT competition, running a lap of 1:25.627, 94.933 mph in the No. 72 Autohaus Motorsports Pontiac GXP.R. It was the second GT pole of the season for that car, with Tim Lewis Jr. leading qualifying at Lime Rock Park.

"This is great, because this team has worked so hard this year, and we don't have the results that show what we can do," said Aschenbach, who won his first career pole in the series. "It's good to win the pole. It makes everyone on the team happy. Now, we need to get a good finish. If we have the fortunes go our way for once, we should be good to go."

Watkins Glen winner Jeff Segal was second fastest in the No. 69 SpeedSource FXDD Mazda RX-8, 1:25.639, 94.929 mph. Rounding out the top five were Andrew Davis, 94.758 mph in the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Pontiac GXP.R; Nick Ham, 94.724 mph in the No. 70 SpeedSource Mazda RX.8; and Eric Lux, 94.501 mph in the No. 86 Farnbacher Loles Porsche GT3.

Segal was not set to qualify on Friday, but co-driver Emil Assentato was under the weather and unable to practice. The team is flying in Watkins Glen co-winner Nick Longhi in case he is needed for Saturday's race.

The weekend also includes a race for the Street Tuner class of the KONI Challenge, set for 12:45 p.m. Sunday.

Pos

Num Class CPos Drivers Team Car Time Gap To 1st
1. 58 DP 1 D.Donohue, D.Law Brumos Porsche Porsche Riley 1:17.883
2. 99 DP 2 J.Fogarty, A.Gurney Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley 1:17.885 0.002 0.002
3. 61 DP 3 Br.Frisselle, M.Wilkins AIM Autosport Ford Riley 1:18.109 0.224 0.226
4. 01 DP 4 S.Pruett, M.Rojas Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley 1:18.219 0.110 0.336
5. 76 DP 5 N.Jonsson, R.Zonta Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola 1:18.612 0.393 0.729
6. 10 DP 6 M.Angelelli, M.Valiante SunTrust Racing Pontiac Dallara 1:18.789 0.177 0.906
7. 47 DP 7 Bu.Frisselle R.Taylor Doran Racing Ford Dallara 1:19.106 0.317 1.223
8. 09 DP 8 M-A.Camirand, G.Cosmo Spirit of Daytona Racing Porsche Coyote 1:19.136 0.030 1.253
9. 6 DP 9 I.James, J.Pew Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley 1:19.202 0.066 1.319
10. 3 DP 10 B.Lester, S.Lewis Southard Motorsports Lexus Riley 1:19.363 0.161 1.480
11. 60 DP 11 O.Negri, M.Patterson Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley 1:19.433 0.070 1.550
12. 23 DP 12 B.Auberlen, J.Hand Alex Job Racing Porsche Crawford 1:19.457 0.024 1.574
13. 75 DP 13 T.Krohn, E.van de Poele Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola 1:19.627 0.170 1.744
14. 77 DP 14 M.Gidley, B.Jaeger Doran Racing Ford Dallara 1:19.840 0.213 1.957
15. 16 DP 15 A.Gracia, T.Kimber-Smith Cheever Racing Pontiac Coyote 1:19.848 0.008 1.965
16. 91 DP 16 M.Goossens, J.Matthews Bob Stallings/Riley-Matthews Pontiac Riley 1:20.158 0.310 2.275
17. 59 DP 17 J.Barbosa, JC.France Brumos Porsche Porsche Riley 1:20.463 0.305 2.580
18. 7 DP 18 M.Plumb, G.Sigal Sigalsport Rum Bum Racing BMW Riley 1:20.574 0.111 2.691
19. 2 DP 19 R.Dalziel, H.Zogaib SAMAX BMW Riley 1:25.277 4.703 7.394
20. 72 GT 1 L.Aschenbach, T.Lewis Autohaus Motorsports Pontiac GXP.R 1:25.627 0.350 7.744
21. 69 GT 2 E.Assentato, J.Segal SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 1:25.639 0.012 7.756
22. 57 GT 3 A.Davis, R.Liddell Stevenson Motorsports Pontiac GXP.R 1:25.785 0.146 7.902
23. 70 GT 4 N.Ham, S.Tremblay SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 1:25.816 0.031 7.933
24. 86 GT 5 L.Keen, E.Lux Farnbacher Loles Motorsports Porsche GT3 Cup 1:26.018 0.202 8.135
25. 87 GT 6 B.Miller, D.Werner Farnbacher Loles Motorsports Porsche GT3 Cup 1:26.027 0.009 8.144
26. 07 GT 7 K.Collins, P.Edwards Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R 1:26.070 0.043 8.187
27. 30 GT 8 C.Stone, R.Smith Racers Edge Motorsports Mazda RX-8 1:26.099 0.029 8.216
28. 88 GT 9 D.Lacey, S.Johnson Farnbacher Loles Motorsports Porsche GT3 Cup 1:26.146 0.047 8.263
29. 67 GT 10 T.George, S.Pumpelly TRG Porsche GT3 Cup 1:26.343 0.197 8.460
30. 32 GT 11 M.Forest, P.Barrett PR1 Motorsports Pontiac GXP.R 1:26.382 0.039 8.499
31. 21 GT 12 D.Alessi, R.Phinny Matt Connolly Motorsports Pontiac GTO.R 1:26.591 0.209 8.708
32. 66 GT 13 T.Ballou, A.Lally TRG Porsche GT3 Cup 1:26.678 0.087 8.795
33. 06 GT 14 M.Bunting, J.Magnussen Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R 1:26.902 0.224 9.019
34. 40 GT 15 P.Dempsey, J.Foster Hyper Sport Mazda RX-8 1:26.972 0.070 9.089
35. 43 GT 16 J.Nonnamaker, Wa.Nonnamaker Team Sahlen Corvette 1:26.988 0.016 9.105
36. 53 GT 17 T.Constantine, M.Borkowski Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M6 1:27.200 0.212 9.317
37. 65 GT 18 J.Gutierrez, C.Stanton TRG/Riegel Autosport Porsche GT3 Cup 1:27.896 0.696 10.013
38. 42 GT 19 Wi.Nonnamaker, J.Sahlen Team Sahlen Corvette 1:28.190 0.294 10.307
39. 68 GT 20 B.Sellers, RJ.Valentine TRG Porsche GT3 Cup 1:28.298 0.108 10.415
40. 71 GT 21 M.Grant, K.Grant, C.Grant Synergy Racing Porsche GT3 Cup 1:28.618 0.320 10.735
41. 74 GT 22 A.Lazzaro, D.Skea, Z.Schiff GTS/Mitchum Motorsports Porsche GT3 Cup 1:28.833 0.215 10.950

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