CA. (July 17, 2004) -
Marco Werner earned his fourth career pole
and his first pole position for Team ADT Champion Racing (Pompano
Beach, FL) during today's qualifying session at Infineon Raceway.
Werner also set a new track record (1:22.320) that was previously
set in 2002 by Tom Kristensen who also drove an Audi R8 for ADT
new "single car qualifying" format seemed to impress many of the
drivers as they found themselves with a track clear of traffic.
Werner's qualifying lap came on his first fast lap and he could have
bettered his time on the second qualifying lap if not for a minor
spin coming out of one of the corners.
Werner along with teammate JJ Lehto will
lead the field of 25 American Le Mans Series cars for tomorrow's
Grand Prix of Sonoma Presented by Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa
at Infineon Raceway.
Infineon Grand Prix of Sonoma will get the green flag at 11:00 a.m.
(PDT) on Sunday, July 18, and will be televised live in North
America by CBS Sports from 3-5 (EDT). In Europe, MotorsTV will have
live coverage as well. The American Le Mans Series Radio Web will
have live coverage online at
Lehto (Finland): "It's been a battle lately between us and the Dyson
cars and this time we got the pole. I think our car still had more
potential. I think Marco's second flying lap would have been better
than his first but unfortunately he made a mistake and went wide.
The most important thing though is that we have a good race car for
the race. The new qualifying system seems to be good. Nobody has
traffic and everyone has the same equal chance. It's a good system
and it was fun to watch."
Werner (Germany): "Close again but today we are in a better
position. Thanks to the team, JJ and especially Michelin. JJ did a
very good job in setting up the car and Michelin gave us great tires
once again. Qualifying was good today. It's the same for everyone
and therefore it is more fair."
Brad Kettler (Technical Director): "This is
the second time getting pole position at Infineon Raceway. Marco did
a very good job with the new qualifying system. He was very calm and
collected. The car has been very quick since we got here. I think we
saw the advantage of the Michelin tire here because it gets up to
speed so quickly."
1) J. Lehto/M. Werner ADT Champion
2) J. Weaver/B. Leitzinger Dyson Racing
3) C. Dyson/A. Wallace Dyson Racing
4) O. Gavin/O. Beretta Corvette Racing
5) R. Fellows/J. O'Connell Corvette Racing