Cattaneo, Lutz Win ST Front Row Starts For Homestead 200

Mar. 5, 2010


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 5, 2010) – In Street Tuner (ST) class qualifying Friday for the Homestead 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Sarah Cattaneo led an abbreviated session and will lead 33 cars to the green flag.

Cattaneo drove the No. 197 Cruise America/Four Winds RV Mini Cooper S to a time of 1:31.810 (90.186 mph). Her time came midway through the session, which ended prematurely when Gunter Schmidt – driving the No. 22 Sick Kids Foundation/C&P Cross Border Chevrolet Cobalt SS – hit the wall in Turn 1, causing severe front end damage to the car. Schmidt was not seriously injured in the incident.

Cattaneo, who is in her first full season with RSR Motorsports, becomes the first female driver since Valerie Limoges to win a pole position in the series since 2007. Limoges also accomplished her feat at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Cattaneo’s co-driver is VJ Mirzayan, and the duo’s car was among the fastest in morning practice.

“RSR Motorsports put together a great car for me,” Cattaneo said. “I got a great tow off of one of the Jettas. He took me all the way through three and four. That’s basically how I got my fast lap.”

Joining Cattaneo on the front row is Zach Lutz at 1:32.314 (89.694 mph), who made his series debut in the Fresh From Florida 200 in January, in the No. 75 Skunk2/HPD Honda Civic Si. Compass360 Racing, Lutz’s team, won the race last season, and Lutz – teaming with co-driver Ryan Eversley – was expecting another strong performance after he and Eversley finished fifth in the Fresh From Florida 200.

“Compass360 Racing puts together a great car for us,” Lutz said. “Everybody helps out so much. I put together a really good flyer. I had David Thilenius in front of me, and with him, put together a great lap.”

Third was Lutz’s teammate, David Thilenius, in the defending race-winning No. 74 Skunk2/HPD Honda Civic Si, with a time of 1:32.668 (89.351 mph). Fourth was Fresh From Florida 200 polesitter Derek Whitis in the No. 25 Mazda/Aventura Technologies Mazda MX-5 at a time of 1:32.767 (89.256 mph), while Gene Sigal was fifth in the No. 86 Royal Purple Porsche Boxster with a time of 1:32.839 (89.187 mph).

A final 30-minute practice session for the series is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. ET. The two-and-a-half hour Homestead 200 is scheduled to start at 1:05 p.m. ET Saturday.



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