Mexico City - Qualifying Notes

02.03.2007: Mexico City - Qualifying Notes

Today's Rolex Series GT and Daytona Prototype qualifying sessions will each run for 20 minutes, five minutes longer than the standard qualifying session length. Any car that puts two wheels over the white line coming onto the front straight will lose its time for that lap.

11:10 a.m. - GREEN FLAG waves to begin GT qualifying.

11:13 a.m. - No. 70 HAM turns the fastest lap at 1:29.590 (100.458 mph).

11:13 a.m. - FULL-COURSE CAUTION as a motorcycle has gotten on-course in Turn 8.

11:18 a.m. - GREEN FLAG waves to resume the session. The session has been extended to run until 11:38 a.m. as a result of the stoppage.

11:21 a.m. - No. 07 COLLINS takes over the top spot momentarily with a lap at 1:29.584 (100.464 mph), but No. 70 HAM returns to the top of the chart with a lap at 1:29.320 (100.761 mph).

11:23 a.m. - No. 42 SAHLEN loses its lap time for putting two wheels over the white line.

11:24 a.m. - No. 70 HAM lowers his session-leading time to 1:28.902 (101.235 mph). No. 74 LUX moves into second at 1:29.388 (100.685 mph) and No. 87 WERNER is third at 1:29.495 (100.564 mph).

11:25 a.m. - No. 87 WERNER moves to second at 1:29.371 (100.704 mph). A few seconds later, No. 85 KEEN takes second at 1:29.217 (100.878 mph).

11:28 a.m. - No. 24 MONTANO loses his lap time for putting two wheels over the white line.

11:33 a.m. - No. 43 JOE NONNAMAKER loses his lap time for putting two wheels over the white line.

11:38 a.m. - CHECKERED FLAG waves to conclude the GT qualifying session, with Nick Ham taking his first career Rolex Series class pole position in the No. 70 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 with a GT-record lap at 1:28.902 (101.235 mph). Qualifying second was Leh Keen in the No. 85 Farnbacher Loles Motorsports Porsche GT3 at 1:29.217 (100.878 mph), followed by Dirk Werner in the No. 87 Farnbacher Loles Motorsports Porsche GT3 at 1:29.371 (100.704 mph).

NOTE: Due to the stoppage during GT qualifying, the start of the Daytona Prototype qualifying session has been delayed.

11:45 a.m. - GREEN FLAG waves to begin Daytona Prototype qualifying. The session will run until 12:05 p.m.

11:47 a.m. - The No. 61 Lexus is stopped on track. Pit lane officials report that the team does not have communication with the driver.

11:48 a.m. - No. 05 AUBERLEN turns the fastest lap of the session at 1:21.719 (110.134 mph).

11:49 a.m. - No. 58 LAW is second-quickest with a lap at 1:22.176 (109.521 mph).

11:50 a.m. - No. 99 FOGARTY is now quickest at 1:21.647 (110.231 mph). No. 10 MAGNUSSEN has moved to third at 1:22.099 (109.624 mph).

11:51 a.m. - No. 75 BRAUN takes the top spot at 1:21.511 (110.415 mph).

11:52 a.m. - No. 05 AUBERLEN is now second at 1:21.586 (110.313 mph).

11:53 a.m. - No. 01 ROJAS is momentarily quickest overall at 1:21.504 (110.424 mph). Seconds later, No. 99 FOGARTY turns a lap at 1:21.494 (110.438 mph), then No. 75 BRAUN goes even quicker to 1:21.223 (110.806 mph).

11:56 a.m. - No. 59 FRANCE loses his lap time for putting two wheels over the white line.

12:00 p.m. - With five minutes remaining in the session, the top five drivers are No. 75 BRAUN, No. 99 FOGARTY, No. 01 ROJAS, No. 05 AUBERLEN and No. 39 FITTIPALDI. The top eight cars are covered by less than one second.

12:05 p.m. - CHECKERED FLAG waves and Colin Braun takes his second career Rolex Series pole position in the No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley with a track record lap of 1:21.221 (110.809 mph). Jon Fogarty is second in the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley at 1:21.494 (110.438 mph), followed by Mexican driver Memo Rojas at 1:21.504 (110.424 mph) in the No. 01 TELMEX/Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley. The top eight qualifiers were covered by less than one second.

· Four different engine manufacturers - Pontiac, Lexus, BMW and Porsche--were represented in the top five positions, and four different chassis constructors--Riley, Fabcar, Crawford and Doran were inside the top-nine positions.

 

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