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First Overall Pole Position for Guy Smith

Popular Brit outpaces Brabham for Friday Qualifying at Mazda Raceway


Guy Smith gave Mazda power its first overall pole position on its home track Friday. Dyson Racing’s popular Brit set a fast lap of 1:12.338 (111.377 mph) in qualifying for the American Le Mans Series Monterey presented by Tequila Patrón. Smith outpaced Patrón Highcroft Racing’s David Brabham by 0.671 seconds for his first career pole position in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón.

It also is the first pole position for isobutanol, which is powering the Lola-Mazda coupe that Smith will drive in Saturday’s six-hour race with Chris Dyson and Andy Meyrick. Smith was quickest in Friday’s two practice sessions as the Dyson squad captured its first overall pole position since Butch Leitzinger’s FQ at Portland in 2006.

Three manufacturers filled the top three spots in LMP qualifying. After Brabham – who will drive PHR’s HPD ARX-01c with Simon Pagenaud and Marino Franchitti – was Muscle Milk Team CytoSport’s Klaus Graf at 1:13.855 (109.089 mph). He will drive his Porsche RS Spyder with Memo Gidley and Sascha Maassen.

American Le Mans Series Monterey presented by Patrón
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, Calif.
Friday’s qualifying

1. Chris Dyson, Pleasant Valley, NY; Guy Smith, Bracken, Yorkshire; Andy Meyrick, Chester; Lola B09 86/Mazda (LMP), 1:12.338, 111.377
2. David Brabham, Maidenhead; Simon Pagenaud, Montmorrillon; Marino Franchitti, Edinburgh, Scotland; HPD ARX-01c (LMP), 1:13.009, 110.354
3. Memo Gidley, San Rafael, CA; Klaus Graf, Dornham; Sascha Maassen, Raeren; Porsche RS Spyder (LMP), 1:13.855, 109.089
4. Nikolas Konstant, Los Angeles, CA; Jon Field, Dublin, OH; Clint Field, Dublin, OH; Lola B06/10 AER (LMP), 1:15.208, 107.127
5. Bryan Willman, Kirkland, WA; Tony Burgess, Toronto; Pierre Ehret, Tegernsee; Lola B06 10/AER (LMP), 1:15.775, 106.325
6. Paul Drayson, London; Jonny Cocker, Guisborough; Emanuele Pirro, Monte Carlo; Lola B09 60/Judd (LMP), 1:16.297, 105.598
7. Johnny Mowlem, London; Tom Papadopoulos, Long Island, NY; Ryan Lewis, Indianapolis, IN; Oreca FLM09 (LMPC), 1:17.800, 103.558
8. Gunnar Jeannette, Salt Lake City, UT; Elton Julian, Los Angeles, CA; Christian Zugel, Holmdel, NJ; Oreca FLM09 (LMPC), 1:17.971, 103.331
9. Scott Tucker, Leawood, KS; Christophe Bouchut, France; Mark Wilkins, Toronto, ON; Oreca FLM09 (LMPC), 1:18.212, 103.012
10. Tom Sutherland, Los Gatos, CA; Tom Weickardt, Whitefish Bay, WI; Kyle Marcelli, Barrie, ON; Oreca FLM09 (LMPC), 1:18.256, 102.954
11. Scott Tucker, Leawood, KS; Andy Wallace, England; Burt Frisselle, Kihei, HI; Oreca FLM09 (LMPC), 1:21.221, 99.196
12. David Ducote; Brian Wong, Newport Beach, CA; Mitch Pagery, Deerfield Beach, FL; Oreca FLM09 (LMPC), 1:21.446, 98.922
13. Jaime Melo, Milan; Gianmaria Bruni, Rome; Ferrari 430 GT (GT), 1:22.752, 97.361
14. Scott Sharp, Jupiter, FL; Johannes van Overbeek, San Francisco, CA; Ferrari 430 GT (GT), 1:23.067, 96.992
15. Olivier Beretta, Monte Carlo; Oliver Gavin, Yardley Hastings; Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (GT), 1:23.101, 96.952
16. Jan Magnussen, Roskilde; Johnny O’Connell, Flowery Branch, GA; Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (GT), 1:23.201, 96.835
17. Bill Auberlen, Redondo Beach, CA; Tommy Milner, Leesburg, VA; BMW E92 M3 (GT), 1:23.350, 96.662
18. Dirk Mueller, Monte Carlo; Joey Hand, Sacramento, CA; BMW E92 M3 (GT), 1:23.379, 96.629
19. Ed Brown, Las Vegas, NV; Guy Cosmo, West Palm Beach, FL; Ferrari 430 GT (GT), 1:23.394, 96.611
20. Joerg Bergmeister, Langenfield; Patrick Long, Bellaire, FL; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT), 1:23.484, 96.507
21. Bryan Sellers, Braselton, GA; Wolf Henzler, Nuertingen; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT), 1:23.991, 95.925
22. David Robertson, Ray, MI; David Murry, Atlanta, GA; Andrea Robertson, Ray, MI; Doran Design Ford GT (GT), 1:24.750, 95.065
23. Ryan Dalziel, Orlando, FL; Paul Gentilozzi, Grand Ledge, MI; Marc Goossens, Huntersville, NC; Jaguar XKRS (GT), 1:26.381, 93.271
24. Tracy Krohn, Houston, TX; Nic Jonsson, Buford, GA; Ferrari 430 GT (GT), 1:26.708, 92.919
25. Tim Pappas, Boston, MA; Jeroen Bleekemolen, Monte Carlo; Sebastiaan Bleekemolen, Haarlem; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (GTC), 1:26.934, 92.677
26. Juan Gonzalez; Butch Leitzinger, Rebersburg, PA; Rudy Junco Jr., Monterrey; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (GTC), 1:27.603, 91.969
27. Henri Richard, Los Altos Hills, CA; Andy Lally, New York, NY; Rene Villeneuve, Woodland Hills, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (GTC), 1:27.797, 91.766
28. Shane Lewis, Jupiter, FL; Jerry Vento, West Palm Beach, FL; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (GTC), 1:27.950, 91.607
29. Bryce Miller, Summit, NJ; John McMullen, Spring Lake, NJ; Luke Hines, Essex; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (GTC), 1:28.126, 91.424
30. Bret Curtis, Valencia, CA; James Sofronas, Newport Beach, CA; Terry Borcheller, Vero Beach, FL; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (GTC), 1:28.171, 91.377
31. Darren Law, Phoenix, AZ; Seth Neiman, Burlingame, CA; Timo Bernhard, Dittweiler; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT), 1:28.481, 91.057
32. Robert Rodriguez, Zephyr Cove, NY; Galen Bieker, Burbank, CA; Kris Wilson, Huntington Beach, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (GTC), 1:28.590, 90.945
33. Bill Sweedler, Westport, CT; Romeo Kapudija, Lincolnwood, IL; Jan-Dirk Lueders, Barrington Hills, IL; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (GTC), 1:29.360, 90.161
34. Ricardo Gonzalez, Mexico; Luis Diaz, Mexico City; Rudy Junco Jr., Monterrey; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (GTC), 1:29.547, 89.973
35. Loren Beggs, Montclair, CA; Doug Baron, Pacific Palisades, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (GTC), 1:29.701, 89.818