Wittmer Brothers, McQuarrie Win World Challenge Poles in Long Beach
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LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 18, 2010) -Kuno and Nick Wittmer, both of Montreal, became the first brother tandem to each win their class pole position in the same World Challenge race, topping GT and Touring Car qualifying, respectively, for Sunday afternoon's Toyo Tires World Challenge at Long Beach Presented by Bondurant. Rookie Tyler McQuarrie, ofWalnut Creek,Calif., will start first in the GTS class in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend-closing event.

Driving the No. 13 Dodge Motorsports Dodge Viper, Kuno Wittmer turned a record-setting lap of 1:24.971 (83.379 mph) around the famed 1.968-mile Long Beach street circuit to earn his first-ever pole position in the World Challenge GT Class. He previously earned two poles in the Touring Car class.

The lap broke the previous qualifying record of 1:25.068 (83.266 mph) set by Ron Fellows in 2007 driving a Cadillac CTS-V.

"The Woodhouse Performance Dodge team did a great job on this Viper," Kuno Wittmer said. "It was another late night last night. They've worked really hard on making this car go fast. My hat's off to them, I'm only a percentage of this equation. The team did a great job, and we're really happy. I don't know if it was the temperature, but the morning session had some nice, brisk air and you could feel the V-10 intake just breathing everything."

The elder Wittmer brother was predictably excited to be only half of the family success story in qualifying.

"We've both come a long way fromMontreal, and we're inSouthern Californiawhere there's barely any Canadians," he said. "It feels good. It's a family affair, and really exciting."

Wittmer, who led practice, had to work until lap five to eclipse the early time of 2009 polesitter Randy Pobst, ofGainesville,Ga., and his No. 6 K-Pax Racing Volvo S60. When he finally did, it was by the slimmest of margins, just 0.050-second.

Defending series Champion and 2008 racewinner Brandon Davis, of nearbyHuntington Beach, was third fastest in the No. 1 Applied Computer Solutions/Sun Microsystems Ford Mustang GT after turning a fast time of 1:25.277 (83.080 mph). Pobst's teammateAndy Pilgrim, ofBoca Raton,Fla., was fourth in the No. 8 K-Pax Racing Volvo S60, followed byDavis' teammate Boris Said, ofCarlsbad,Calif., in the No. 3 Applied Computer Solutions Ford Mustang GT.

Making his World Challenge series debut, Formula Drift star McQuarrie proved he can cross over to road racing by placing his No. 19 LPL/DRS/Switcars/LCS/Dayco/M&T Lotus Exige S on the pole for the new-for-2010 GTS class. McQuarrie's team was forced to replace a transmission in his car after Saturday's practice, but the change was successful and his time of 1:31.457 (77.466 mph) established a new GTS class record.
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