In other career highlights, Stu was team-driver of the Morrison Corvette ZR1 Program, setting three World and 12 International Land Speed records. He also has the distinction of winning two races (1 hour sprint & 12 hour endurance) - in two different series (Corvette Challenge & SCCA Endurance Championship) - in two different countries (U.S. & Canada) - in two different type racecars, all within a single 24 hour period.
Hayner gave credit to Leitzinger, who had already taken the checkered flag, for a big assist on his pole-winning lap.
"I take my hat off to Butch," Hayner said. "On my flyer lap, he saw me coming up behind him and he did the gentlemanly thing. He moved over and gave me room. It sure was fun."
Leitzinger paid tribute to Hayner's outstanding lap, the fastest of four Trans-Am on-track sessions thus far this weekend.
"For a couple of seconds [after qualifying], I was pretty angry," he said. "I thought I had the pole, and then my crew told me on the cool-down lap that Stu had beaten my time. But when I found out he had beaten it by three-10ths of a second, I didn't feel so bad. That was a great lap by Stu."
Leitzinger, a Trans-Am Series rookie, has qualified among the top three drivers for all three 2002 events to date, including a pole position in track record time last weekend at Mosport (Ontario) International Raceway. Leitzinger has won seven professional races at Lime Rock, in IMSA, NASCAR and Grand Am sanctioned events.