CANADA (Aug. 23, 2008) – Eric Curran, of East Hampton, Mass., captured his first SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championship pole of the season and will lead the field for Saturday evening’s Mosport SPEED GT Round Seven race Presented by Toyo Tires, part of the Mobil 1 Presents the Grand Prix of Mosport. Randy Pobst, of Gainesville, Ga., will start second.
Driving the No. 30 Whelen Engineering Chevrolet Corvette, defending race winner Curran turned a fastest lap of 1:23.022 (106.627 mph) around the 2.459-mile, 10-turn circuit. It was both Curran’s and Corvette’s first series pole in over a year, the last pole for each coming at Mid-Ohio in 2007.
“It feels great,” Curran beamed after the run. “We needed this after the year we’ve had, no doubt about that. All the Whelen Engineering guys have been working so hard to get this No. 30 Corvette up front. The first half of the season was a disaster and the way we view it is, the second half of the season is the start of our season. Road America was a good finish and here we are at Mosport where the Corvettes have always done well. We won here last year, so I feel comfortable. The Whelen Corvette is doing great and we’re hoping for a repeat of last year.”
Point leader Pobst returns to the front row after qualifying seventh and eighth in the last two races, respectively. He circulated the track with a best time of 1:23.189 (106.413 mph) in the No. 1 K-PAX Racing Porsche 911 GT3.
Albuquerque’s Jason Daskalos backed up a career-best qualifying effort of second two weeks ago at Road America with a lap of 1:23.224 (106.368 mph), good for third in his No. 5 Coastal Pet Products Inc. Dodge Viper. Brandon Davis, of Huntington Beach, Calif., will complete the second row with a lap of 1:23.309 (106.259 mph) in the No. 10 ACS/Sun Microsystems Ford Mustang Cobra.
Michael McCann, of Canton, Ohio, completed the top five with a best time of 1:23.372 (106.179 mph) in the No. 16 Remington Shaving & Grooming Cadillac CTS-V.
McCann’s lap came right as a red flag was displayed for a fire on Joey Scarallo’s No. 06 Group A Wheels Pontiac GTO after losing an engine going into Turn Five. The extended cleanup period used the remainder of the session, which went green for just five of the 20 scheduled minutes.
“It certainly helped that the qualifying ended early, because I think there were cars some cars that would have been faster than I was,” Curran said. “I was counting down the time with the guys on the radio saying ‘is it done? Is it done?’”
Three-time 2008 winner Tommy Archer (Dodge Viper), 2006 Mosport winner Michael Galati (Porsche 911 GT3), Andy Pilgrim (Cadillac CTS-V), Tommy Milner (Aston Martin DB9) and Brian Kubinski (Chevrolet Corvette) completed the top 10.
Saturday’s SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT Championship Round Seven race—the Mosport SPEED GT Presented by Toyo Tires—makes its standing start at 6:30 p.m. (EDT). To follow live lap notes and timing and scoring, please visit www.world-challenge.com.
Saturday’s race will be broadcast Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 1 p.m. (EDT) on SPEED.
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario - Starting lineup for Saturday's SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championship Round Seven race, the Mosport SPEED GT Presented by Toyo Tires at Mosport International Raceway, with position, car number in parentheses, driver, hometown, car, fastest lap time, and speed in miles per hour.
1, (30), Eric Curran, East Hampton, Mass., Chevrolet Corvette, 1:23.022, 106.627.
2, (1), Randy Pobst, Gainesville, Ga., Porsche 911 GT3, 1:23.189, 106.413.
3, (5), Jason Daskalos, Albuquerque, N.M., Dodge Viper, 1:23.224, 106.368.
4, (10), Brandon Davis, Huntington Beach, Calif., Ford Mustang Cobra, 1:23.309, 106.259.
5, (16), Michael McCann, Canton, Ohio, Cadillac CTS-V, 1:23.372, 106.179.
6, (13), Tommy Archer, Duluth, Minn., Dodge Viper, 1:23.401, 106.142.
7, (23), Michael Galati, Olmsted, Ohio, Porsche 911 GT3, 1:23.475, 106.048.
8, (8), Andy Pilgrim, Boca Raton, Fla., Cadillac CTS-V, 1:23.492, 106.027.
9, (21), Tommy Milner, Leesburg, Va., Aston Martin DB9, 1:23.579, 105.916.
10, (12), Brian Kubinski, Shorewood, Ill., Chevrolet Corvette, 1:23.939, 105.462.
11, (99), Jeff Courtney, Slinger, Wis., Dodge Viper, 1:23.953, 105.444.
12, (06), Joey Scarallo, Smithtown, N.Y., Pontiac GTO, 1:24.000, 105.385.
13, (31), Sonny Whelen, Old Saybrook, Conn., Chevrolet Corvette, 1:24.259, 105.061.
14, (14), James Sofronas, Newport Beach, Calif., Porsche 911 GT3, 1:24.264, 105.055.
15, (2), Cindi Lux, Aloha, Ore., Dodge Viper, 1:25.144, 103.969.
16, (11), Mike Davis, Huntington Beach, Calif., Ford Mustang Cobra, 1:25.191, 103.912.
17, (4), Dino Crescentini, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Porsche 911 GT3, 1:25.372, 103.692.
18, (34), Tony Gaples, Libertyville, Ill., Chevrolet Corvette, 1:25.521, 103.511.
19, (76), John Bourassa, Jupiter Island, Fla., Porsche 911 Turbo, 1:26.779, 102.010.
20, (89), Fred Roberts(R), Mississauga, Ontario, Dodge Viper, 1:27.084, 101.653.
21, (29), Eric Olberz, La Canada, Calif., Porsche 911 GT3, 1:28.410, 100.129.
22, (24), Sean Allen(R), Manhattan Beach, Calif., Porsche 911 GT3, 1:29.256, 99.179.
23, (72), Jeff Altenburg, Ellicott City, Md., Lexus IS, no time.