6 March 2010
Darren Law secures pole for Grand Prix of Miami in record-shattering session at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Darren Law - with some help from Brumos Racing official Hurley Haywood - ran a lap of 1 minute 11.806 seconds (115.311 mph) to capture the pole for Saturday's Grand Prix of Miami, round two of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series.
Law led a nine-driver assault on Jon Fogarty's five-month-old Homestead-Miami Speedway Daytona Prototype track record in preparation for the two-hour, 45-minute race that takes the green flag at 5 pm [local time] on Saturday.
Fogarty qualified second in the #99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Chevrolet, 1m 11.839s (114.311 mph), followed by Brian Frisselle in the #6 The Pit Stop on Norris Lake Ford Riley, 1m 12.079s (114.874 mph); Memo Rojas in the #01 TELMEX BMW Riley, 1m 12.166s (114.735 mph); and Ricky Taylor in the #10 SunTrust Ford Dallara, 1m 12.282s (114.551 mph).
Also eclipsing the former track record were Ryan Hunter-Reay in the #95 Crown Royal Cask #16/US Bank BMW Riley, Mark Wilkins in the #61 Pacific Mobile Ford Riley, Buddy Rice in the #90 Spirit of Daytona Porsche Coyote, and Rolex 24 At Daytona winner Terry Borcheller in the #9 Action Express Racing Porsche Riley.
Haywood won last October's Grand Prix as a late substitute in the #59 Brumos Racing Porsche Riley, co-driving with Joao Barbosa. One of America's most successful endurance racers, Haywood retired from active competition following the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona - a race he won a record five times. He remains active in the sport as an official with Brumos Racing.
"Prior to going out, Hurley told me to get in the car and visualise the track," said Law, who won his only prior pole position at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2005. "I kind of blew it off, but I did get in the car early and tried to visualise it. Then we went out and won the pole, and Hurley's taking all the credit for it."
Fogarty had a personal streak of winning the pole in his last five qualifying attempts, while he ended 2009 by winning the pole in six of the last seven races, including the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
"We would like to be on the pole, but it's a good starting position," said Fogarty, who shared the 2007 and 2009 Daytona Prototype championships with Alex Gurney. "I'm a little disappointed that we didn't maximize qualifying, but we were also trying to conserve our tyres and not put a lot of laps on them. We only ran one quick lap. The Brumos guys are right there and super fast. "
Paul Edwards meanwhile won the GT pole in the #07 Mobil 1 Corvette with a lap of 1m 18.123s (106.322 mph). Eight drivers were under Nick Ham's 2009 track mark in the 15-minute session.
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