Foster, Gue Garner Front Row Starting Positions For Homestead 200

Mar. 5, 2010

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 5, 2010) – The last two times Joe Foster started from the pole position in a GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Grand Sport (GS) race, he and Scott Maxwell went on to win.

The pair will look toward another such accomplishment Saturday when Foster leads the 37-car GS starting field to the green flag at 1:05 p.m. ET at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Homestead 200. Foster was awarded the pole position following post-qualifying technical inspection, his fifth career pole and first since 2008.

Original fast qualifier Jack Roush Jr., seeking his first pole position, had his time for the No. 61 ROUSH Performance Products Ford Mustang GT disallowed after officials found an unapproved part on the car. Ian Baas, who qualified third in the No. 01 APR/BBS Audi S4, also had his time disallowed for ride height. Roush’s co-driver Billy Johnson won last year’s GS race, the fourth closest in series history – 0.133 seconds.

Foster won pole positions in 2008 at Mosport International Raceway and Barber Motorsports Park, and Maxwell took the checkered flag first both times en route to winning the GS championship. Foster’s No. 15 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Mustang Boss 302R toured the 2.3-mile, 11-turn stadium road course in a time of 1:26.555 (95.661 mph).

“It was exciting at the beginning,” said Foster, who is looking for his fourth career series victory. “It’s was great to have so many cars out there. It’s a great thing for the series and sponsor, Continental Tire.  The Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge has a great gird in ST and GS.”

Moving to second was James Gue, who normally finishes races for regular starter Bret Seafuse. Instead, Gue, who will pull double duty with Saturday’s Grand Prix of Miami for the Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16, in the No. 37 Trumansburg ShurSave Ford Mustang Boss 302R, turned in a time of 1:26.781 (95.413 mph).

Third was Steve Cameron in the No. 57 Uncle Joe’s Ford Mustang GT, with a time of 1:26.801 (95.391 mph); he’ll share the car with nephew Dane Cameron and longtime co-driver Rob Finlay.

Fourth was Foster’s teammate, Frankie Montecalvo, in the No. 16 Bayshore Recycling/Multimatic Motorsports Ford Mustang Boss 302R he shares with Gunnar Jeannette; he earned a time of 1:26.871 (95.314 mph). Fifth was Charles Putman in the No. 48 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3, who shares the car with Charles Espenlaub, with a time of 1:26.899 (95.283 mph).

source http://www.grand-am.com

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