Trans-Am Series championship leader Boris Said (#33 Applied Computer Solutions Panoz Esperante) qualified third at 52.678 seconds (104.560 mph). Like Leitzinger, he makes his third top-three start of the season, following outside poles at Long Beach and Mosport.
With the point Said earned for his top-three qualifying performance Saturday, he now holds a 63-54 lead over Johnny Miller (#64 AutomationDirect/Eaton/Cutler Hammer Jaguar XKR) in the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup championship. Said took over the points lead with a victory at Mosport last weekend.
Rounding out the top five qualifiers were three-time and defending Trans-Am Series champion Paul Gentilozzi (#3 Johnson Controls/Microchip/MatrixOne/Futaba Jaguar XKR), who was fourth at 52.764 seconds (104.389 mph) and Tony Ave (#53 Trilithic Panoz Esperante), who will start fifth after a lap of 52.816 seconds (104.287 mph).
Miller was sixth at 52.924 seconds (104.074 mph), followed by Justin Bell, who arrived at the track just moments before the start of qualifying after being delayed in Canada awaiting the renewal of a travel visa. Despite having no practice time, Bell qualified a creditable seventh at 53.134 seconds (103.662 mph)!!!!
This week the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup returns to Lime Rock for the Mohegan Sun Presents Lime Rock Park Grand Prix on May 24-27.The race will air live, May 27 on SPEED Channel at 3pm ET.